Darrell Bevell is an American football coach and former player. He was hired as the offensive coordinator for the NFL Seattle Seahawks in 2011. He was offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings from 2006 to 2010 and offensive assistant and quarterbacks coach with the Green Bay Packers (2000–2005). He also coached at University of Connecticut as wide receivers coach, Iowa State University as graduate assistant, and Westmar University as passing game coordinator and quarterback coach. Although he was speculated as a front-runner to replace one of the NFL head coaches, Bevell signed a new contract with the Seahawks in January 2014. He assisted the Seahawks to a Super Bowl XLVIII win in 2014 over the Denver Broncos (43-8). The Seahawks played again in XLIX, but lost to the New England Patriots 28-24. Bevell took some criticism on the play that may have lost them the championship. "We were conscious of how much time was on the clock, and we wanted to use it all," Bevell said. "It didn't turn out the way I hoped it would. Of course I can say now I wish we had done something different. There are 20 different things going through my mind that we can do. If you run it, that doesn't mean you would score on that play." Head coach Pete Carroll said that the play call was ultimately his.
Born January 6, 1970, in Yuma, Arizona, Bevell played high school football in Scottsdale, Arizona, then moved on to collegiate football. He was freshman quarterback at Northern Arizona University. He postponed his college football career to serve an LDS mission to Cleveland, Ohio. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Although he received scholarship offers from NAU and University of Utah, he played for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a starting quarterback for four years. He led the team to a 10-1-1 season in 1993 and a Rose Bowl invitation, the university’s first since 1963. They defeated the UCLA Bruins to win the 1994 Rose Bowl, the first-ever Rose Bowl victory for the university. Bevell led the team to win the 1995 Hall of Fame Bowl game, giving Wisconsin their first back-to-back bowl wins.
Bevell began his career in coaching when he remained undrafted in the 1995 NFL draft. As a Seattle Seahawks coach, he scouted former Wisconsin quarterback, Russell Wilson in the 2012 off-season. The Seahawks won the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII over the Denver Broncos 43–8, marking the first Super Bowl win in the franchise’s history.
Bevell and his wife, Tammy, have three daughters.