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Seahawks announce hiring of Bevell

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By Liz Mathews

The Seahawks have announced the hiring of offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

ESPN's John Clayton first reported the hiring, which was later confirmed by the team.

Bevell, 41, has 11 years coaching experience in the NFL and spent the previous five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. Prior to that he was with the Green Bay Packers, where he coached the quarterbacks for three years following his start with the team as an offensive assistant.

While in Green Bay, Bevell worked closely with Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck before his trade to Seattle. Clayton said that Bevell has a successful history with quarterbacks, naming both Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers.

"From the Matt Hasselbeck angle, this is a great sell," said Clayton. "If he's good for Favre, he's good for Hasselbeck."

Bevell replaces Jeremy Bates, who was fired on Tuesday, and becomes the Seahawks fourth offensive coordinator in as many years.

The Seahawks still have a vacancy at quarterbacks coach. Carroll said during his press conference on Wednesday that he wanted to separate the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coaching positions, if possible.

"That's how we've formatted it," said Carroll. "Both jobs take the focus time that it's a good way to do that. Obviously it doesn't have to but I think if it's a coordinator/quarterback coach, he needs help because he's got a lot of stuff he has to do that takes him away from the position that's so important to be attentive to."

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