Seahawks shake up offensive coaching staff

At one point, the Seahawks had one of the best running attacks in the league, but dropped to 23rd in the NFL in rushing in 2017.

Seattle finished tied for 13th in scoring defense after leading the league in that category from 2012-2015.

Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable paid the price on Wednesday.

They were both fired after the Seahawks did not reach the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

In a statement, head coach Pete Carroll said: "We are challenged by change, but excited to attack the future with great purpose. I want to thank both Tom and Darrell for their role in helping take this program to a championship level. I will always be grateful for the opportunity to coach and compete alongside these great men."

KIRO 7 has learned that quarterbacks coach Carl Smith is reportedly leaving the team. After defensive coordinator Kris Richard interviewed with Indianapolis for its heading coaching job, Carroll is reportedly allowing Richard to pursue another opportunity.

"I think it's time for a change,” Jamie Williams, a Seahawks fan, said. “Clearly the offense is a big problem. Sometimes you have to start from the top down."

Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin was the first to defend Bevell after the regular season finale against Arizona.

"It's not play calling. We go into a game knowing what the defense is going to give us, the situations that we're going to be in. We don't execute as a team,” said Baldwin. “Offensively, that's what we've seen time and time again is that we do not execute the way that we should. And that's on us as players. You guys can blame Bev all you want to, but the truth of the matter is that Bev's not the problem."

Bevell guided the Seahawks offense to five straight playoff appearances and two trips to the Super Bowl. But the 12s will always remember his decision not to have Marshawn Lynch run the football against New England.

According to reports, there's been some talk about Falcons offensive coordinator and former Washington head football coach Steve Sarkisian possibly leaving Atlanta to take the same job with the Seahawks.

Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn told ESPN there's "zero chance" of that happening.

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