Season Review and Preview – The Search For Offensive Coaches – Offensive Coordinator

There is a pun here. I will resist the urge. I’m starting with a look at Offensive Coordinator today, and will come back this weekend with some insight into the Offensive Line Coach search.

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR

I think most of us in Seattle agree that for one reason or another, it is likely Everyone including the team has agreed that it is time for the team to make some changes on the Offensive Coaching Staff, and that starts with Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell. Bevell has had been with the team since 2011 and has taken took the Offense to some high heights, but the magic was gone and it may be time for him to find a new place to work his game plan. The question turns to who will replace him. I have a short list of 3 candidates chosen because they are likely to be on the market and would make sense for the team, but they also serve as a representation of the types of coaches the team will be looking at or I would like to see them go after.

Bill Musgrave OC – Denver Broncos (1 Season – 10 games) OC xp – 8 seasons

Age: 50

Offensive DVOA

Passing DVOA

Rushing DVOA

2017

BEST

2017

BEST

2017

BEST

31

8th (OAK – 2016)

31

4th (OAK – 2016)

23

5th (MIN – 2011)

It is hard to believe at times that Bill Musgrave is only 50. After a pretty decent run in the NFL as a backup QB he transitioned directly into coaching and has only left the NFL for a short run at Virginia in 2001-02 as Offensive Coordinator. This guy has been an OC for so long he coached both Rodney Peete and Steve Beuerlein as starting Quarterbacks. The trend with Musgrave is that whether it is the run or the pass he seems to take whatever a team is good at and really make it the focus point, which seems like a pretty good idea. While his Vikings Offenses ranked no better than 22nd in Passing DVOA, they were top 10 in running with Adrian Peterson. On the other hand, in Oakland he had the 11th and 4th ranked Passing Attacks but was 24th and 16th in the Run. He is a knowledgable and veteran playcaller who appears able to adapt to the talent he has instead of running a system and trying to hammer players into the spots. The question remains if he can run a highly successful balanced attack, but considering the players he’s had it is fair to say that talent could easily be responsible for the challenges he’s had.

John Morton OC – New York Jets (1 Season) OC xp – 1 season NFL / 2 seasons NCAA

Age: 48

Offensive DVOA

Passing DVOA

Rushing DVOA

2017

BEST

2017

BEST

2017

BEST

23

21

24

If you aren’t going with a Veteran, then you want an up and coming coach with potential and up side. John Morton just took a New York Jets Offense that everyone assumed was pulling a 76ers and tanking for a draft pick and while he had a healthy McCown he made them look like an actual NFL Team. He may be well in the bottom half of the league in Offensive numbers, but don’t let that distract from a very good coaching job. Throw in the fact that he was a Receivers Coach in New Orleans and for the Harbaugh Years in San Francisco and you can see he’s a man who knows his way around a productive passing game. Oh, and those 2 years he spent as an Offensive Coordinator in College? Those were at USC. He was brought on board by Pete Carroll. Some would ask why he’d leave the Jets, but a look at their QB situation and all those roster holes and you can see some motivation. Rumor has it he’s listening to Jon Gruden who he considers a mentor, so one can imagine he’d listen if Coach Pete came calling with the chance to coach Russell Wilson.

John DeFilippo QB Coach – Philadelphia Eagles (2 Seasons) OC xp – 1 season

Age: 39

Offensive DVOA

Passing DVOA

Rushing DVOA

2015

BEST

2015

BEST

2015

BEST

27

27

19

This one may take a little more thinking, but the basic idea is a young, hungry Offensive Coordinator with a chip on his shoulder. DeFilippo is the QB Coach under Frank Reich, who is a hot commodity Offensive Coordinator, who is under Doug Pederson who is a Head Coach who calls the plays. That is several steps removed from being the man on Offense. DeFilippo got screwed in Cleveland along with that entire coaching staff from 2015. He had to deal with ownership meddling and the Johnny Football Drama. What did he do? He made a functioning Offense where Gary Barnidge looked like a big time weapon and got off to a 2-3 start with a fully functional McCown lead Offense. However, his QB got hurt and he had a Manziel he was saddled with so the Offense suffered. He did get things back on track some with Austin Davis eventually, but the main thing is when he had some weapons he used them and the team scored points. The current Seattle Seahawks have a lot more to work with than the Browns did and there are reasons to believe DeFilippo could be one of the next great Offensive Coordinators in the NFL. Pair him up with a few veterans on staff and the team could reap the rewards of this choice for years to come. Why would he leave Philly for Seattle? The chance to be the Offensive Coordinator, and the chance to call plays. This would be a vertical move in a promising career to a talented team that has won a lot of games under an aging Head Coach who could retire or at the least has left the road open for other talented Coordinators he’s had to get Head Coaching jobs.

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