Bevell in the coaching spotlight?

Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell could be emerging as a head coaching candidate as the Vikings experience more offensive success this season. His name is beginning to surface in reports, but he said his focus remains on winning in Minnesota first.

Perhaps it's just a sign of the Vikings recent success, but national reports are linking Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell's name with some of the head coach openings that are expected to come at season's end.

In a CBS Sports report Thursday, it was stated that Bevell will be one of the hot head coaching prospects, which shouldn't come as a huge surprise to anyone. The past successes of the Vikings offense have led to the hiring away of offensive coordinators like Brian Billick, who coached the Ravens to their only Super Bowl title, and Scott Linehan, who left the Vikings to join Miami and, a year later, become the head coach in St. Louis.

"I would say it's definitely a goal. I'm always trying to improve myself and help myself to get better," Bevell said Thursday. "I work very hard at what I do. That's definitely a goal, but obviously my goal here is to do this job the best I can and I think that will take care of itself."

There is no telling how popular Bevell might be on the candidate list. The Vikings in the Brad Childress era have already lost defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin to the Steelers and have dodged the head coaching bullet by not losing current defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, who has been a finalist for at least a couple of head coaching vacancies.

If the Vikings continue to win as they have done, with interest apparently growing in Bevell, they might face the challenge of losing one or both coordinators this offseason – just another sign that the franchise is successful.

Either way, Bevell said he focused on continuing to win with the Vikings.

"Honestly, for myself, the one thing that I think goes back a long ways is that I just worry about the job that I have, because I feel like if I do a good job of what I'm doing and we have success, then all of that stuff will take care of itself," he said. "So right now I am just doing the best that I can here and that is what I'm going to do."


  • Five Vikings had limited participation in Thursday's practice – Brett Favre (groin/hip), Antoine Winfield (foot), Bernard Berrian (hamstring), Benny Sapp (groin), Karl Paymah (ankle) and Naufahi Tahi (ankle).

  • Paymah was a new addition to the injury report. Fred Evans (illness) was removed from the injury report after missing Wednesday's practice.

  • For the Seahawks, running back Julius Jones is out with a chest injury. Two players didn't participate for a second straight day of practice – DT Craig Terrill (shoulder) and CB Josh Spencer (concussion). CB Marcus Trufant, who missed Wednesday's practice, returned to full practice mode Thursday. Center Chris Spencer, who fully participated in Wednesday's practice despite injuries to his thumb and back, was limited Thursday.

  • Prayers go out to Rick Spielman, the Vikings vice president of player personnel, and his family following the death of his sister-in-law Stefanie, the 42-year-old wife of Spielman's brother Chris. She died Thursday of breast cancer and leaves behind four children, ages 15, 13, eight and seven. Stefanie had five bouts of cancer over the last 12 years and the family is credited with raising more than $6 million for cancer research at Ohio State University.

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