Urban Meyer out, Darrell Bevell in.
The Band-Aid has been ripped off in Jacksonville, and the Urban Meyer era has come to a merciful end. The Meyer experiment resulted in a 2-11 record in 2021, his debut season in the NFL, and likely now his last season in the NFL.
In his stead, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will take over the team entering the Jags’ Week 15 matchup vs. the Texans. Bevell owns an interesting distinction in his career: He has now been an interim head coach in back-to-back seasons, last year replacing a fired Matt Patricia in Detroit.
Bevell has been around the block in the NFL and has a well-respected reputation. Here’s what you need to know about him:
Who is Darrell Bevell?
Bevell, 51, is a long-time 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 up from assistant QBs coach with the Packers to offensive coordinator.
Most notably, Bevell was the Seahawks’ offensive coordinator between 2011 and 2017, winning a Super Bowl in 2013 as the architect of the team’s offense. While the famed “Legion of Boom” defenses in Seattle caught a lot of 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.
Darrell Bevell leading his 1st practice as Jaguars interim Head Coach pic.twitter.com/yGfnbjSFRW
— Jamal St. Cyr (@JStCyrTV) December 16, 2021
After a year away from 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 Nov. 28, 2020.
In all, Bevell went 1-4 as Detroit’s interim coach and was dismissed after the 2020 season.
Early reports indicate that the elevation of Bevell to interim OC is a popular decision among Jags players and staffers, and he is viewed as a “polar opposite” from Meyer.
Darrell Bevell being named interim coach is ‘wildly popular’ in Jaguars building, replacement for Urban Meyer viewed as ‘polar opposite’ in terms of leadership style, described as ‘collegial, hard-working,” by league source
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) December 16, 2021
Not to diminish Bevell’s credibility as coach, but those are all things that are usually said about interim and new head coaches.
Bevell, with another opportunity, just has to prove he has staying power.