Green Bay Packers: Ranking Mike McCarthy’s potential replacements
6. Darrell Bevell: The one-time Packers quarterbacks coach may forever be remembered for his decision to throw the ball at the one-yard line instead of letting Marshawn Lynch pound it in during the waning moments of Super XLIX.
That call had disastrous ramifications for the Seahawks and is probably the reason why Bevell hasn’t yet been offered a head-coaching job.
The former Wisconsin Badgers’ starting quarterback has generally been known to run the ball by playing a physical brand of football while also throwing it deep.
Bevell has recently worked around the limitations of his subpar offensive line by calling lots of quick passes. But unlike McCarthy who relies on his receivers to individually gain separation on their own, the Seahawks OC is a proponent of using stacks and trips formations to scheme his wideouts open.
At his best, Bevell can be varied and multiple in his play-calling, but he’s also shown a tendency to deviate from what’s working by calling too many pass plays, for instance, when the ground attack is averaging well over 4.0 yards per carry.
There have also been times when he fails to do the obvious that gives him the best chance of putting easy points up on the board, such as targeting Jimmy Graham in the red zone.
The concern here isn’t Bevell’s knowledge or ability to adapt to his personnel, but rather it deals with whether he can make the right call under pressure. In the past, he has fallen into the trap of outthinking himself when keeping things simple was the way to go. Probability: 25 percent