Now when the news broke, I admitted that Darrell Bevell wasn’t my first choice, but considering Matt Patricia’s philosophy it’s a good decision that will fit the profile of what Matt wants the Lions to be. It was also impressive from the standpoint that Patricia didn’t hire another New England or Syracuse crony.
Now for those who want to discuss the point that this was the man that Matt Patricia outwitted in Super Bowl XLIX with that goal line interception to seal the win for New England, let’s also consider that Patricia obviously respects Bevell enough and his body of work to want him as his new offensive coordinator.
In the end the main point is that Bevell has had success as an offensive coordinator, both with Minnesota and Seattle. He also found ways to be productive when he had players like Brad Johnson, Tarvaris Jackson and Gus Frerotte as his quarterback.
Darrell Bevell may not whet everyone’s appetite, but has a proven track record and two Super Bowl appearances to his resume, which would be two more than the Detroit Lions have ever appeared in.
Yet despite all of that, I have run into countless people over the last few days since the news broke that have all had the same concerns about the Lions offense being boring or what this means for Matthew Stafford.
Let’s start with the concerns about the offense being boring. This past season the Lions made a commitment to running the ball. Something the fans have been begging the Lions to do for years. They actually averaged over 100 yards a game for the season and have found a bright young talent in running back Kerryon Johnson.
This should have the fans in the streets jumping up and down about the possibilities moving forward. Especially with the success Bevell has had running the ball in his offensive scheme.
So if this is boring, why have all the fans been begging for it?