While coaching with the Seahawks most recently, Bevell was able to transform Seattle into a viable playoff threat and Super Bowl winner, thanks to his work with Russell Wilson. Under Bevell, Wilson developed into one of the best quarterbacks in the league and almost won two straight Super Bowls. All the while, Seattle had one of the most devastating run games in the league with Marshawn Lynch, showing the ability to control the clock while also hitting well-timed plays in the pass game that were set up by the run.
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Prior to that, though, Bevell worked calling plays with the Minnesota Vikings, where he was able to get the most out of Adrian Peterson in his prime while managing to get the most out of names like Tarvaris Jackson and Gus Frerotte at quarterback. And before that, Bevell worked as the Green Bay Packers’ quarterbacks coach from 2000-2005, having a connection with Brett Favre and briefly, Aaron Rodgers.
Though Bevell might not have been the top choice of many, and while the jokes might fly about the decision making of Bevell’s offense in the Super Bowl on the one yard line, he makes sense thanks to the offensive balance and experience he will bring. Statistically, in 12 years of running an NFL offense, Bevell’s teams have finished on average 15th in total offense while also averaging around 132 yards per-game total on the ground.
While that might not seem like a huge total, it would be significant for the Lions to hover around these mark for consistency sake. Doing that would give the team a chance to be great, thanks to the elite defense Patricia can build with more upgrades.
For someone who has watched up close like Tirico has, it’s easy to see how Bevell will make a quick impact. And Lions fans will be hoping for just that.