Urban Meyer out, Darrell Bevell in.
The Band-Aid has been scammed in Jacksonville, and the era of Urban Meyer has come to a merciful end. Meyer’s experiment resulted in a 2-11 record in 2021, his debut NFL season and probably now his final NFL season.
Instead, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will take over the team entering the Jags’ Week 15 matchup against the Texans. Bevell has an interesting distinction in his career: He has now been an interim head coach for consecutive seasons, replacing last year Matt Patricia fired in Detroit.
Bevell has been around the block in the NFL and has a highly respected reputation. Here’s what you need to know about it:
Who is Darrell Bevell?
Bevell, 51, is a longtime NFL coach. He made stops in Green Bay, Minnesota, Seattle and Detroit before landing with the Jaguars as their offensive coordinator in 2021. Bevell has worked his way from assistant quarterback coach with the Packers to offensive coordinator.
Notably, Bevell was the Seahawks’ offensive coordinator from 2011 to 2017, and he won a Super Bowl in 2013 as the architect of the team’s offense. While Seattle’s famous “Legion of Boom” defenses made many headlines, Seattle’s ground and pound attack coupled with Russell Wilson’s big-play ability led to a top-10 scoring offense in 2014 and 2015. .
After a year out of the NFL, Bevell returned in 2019, joining the Lions and replacing Jim Bob Cooter as the team’s offensive coordinator. Bevell lasted two seasons with Detroit, replacing head coach Matt Patricia after Patricia’s firing on November 28, 2020.
In all, Bevell was 1-4 as Detroit’s interim coach and was fired after the 2020 season.
Early reports indicate that Bevell’s elevation to interim OC is a popular decision among Jags players and staff, and he is seen as a “polar opposite” from Meyer.
Darrell Bevell named interim coach is ‘wildly popular’ in the Jaguars building, replacement for Urban Meyer seen as ‘polar opposite’ in terms of leadership style, described as ‘collegiate, hardworking’, by a league source.
– Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) December 16, 2021
Not to diminish Bevell’s credibility as a coach, but those are all things that as usual he said about the interim and new head coaches.
Bevell, with another chance, just has to show that he has staying power.