Seahawks fire OC Darrell Bevell after 7 seasons

Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell head coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson figure out what to do on the final possession

The Seahawks offense, directed by Darrell Bevell (left), Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll worked together for six years.

The Seahawks fired their offensive coordinator Wednesday after seven seasons with the team, the team announced Wednesday. I've always been here to help our guys, and I want them to go and do what they're capable of doing and meet their challenges of their lifetime as well, and I'm up for that.

A source told the Times earlier Tuesday that the team was still evaluating coaching positions in the wake of a 9-7 season that saw Seattle miss the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

One potential candidate to replace Bevell is Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian.

Richard has been with Carroll dating to Carroll's days as USC's head coach. Carroll's only other significant firing was offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates following the 2010 season, Carroll's first in Seattle.

It was the Seahawks' final offensive play of Super Bowl XLIX three years ago that drew the most heat from Seahawks fans.

A former quarterback at Wisconsin, Bevell came to Seattle in 2011 after serving as the Minnesota Vikings' offensive coordinator for the previous five seasons.

The Seahawks led the National Football League in both yards allowed and points allowed in 2014, the year before Richard became the defensive coordinator.

Seattle was ninth in total offense in that 2014 season and fourth in 2015, which marked the only seasons in the top 10 during Bevell's run.

Seattle fell to 23rd in rushing in 2017, with Wilson leading the team on the ground with 586 yards.

However, the last two seasons have seen a slump in the ground game. Seattle finished fourth overall in points and passing yards (4,061) and third overall in rushing (2,268).