(1) Darrell Bevell
Current Position: Offensive Coordinator for Seattle Seahawks
- After going undrafted in 1995 as a quarterback, Bevell began his coaching career at Westmar University as a Passing Game Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach in 1996
- In 1997, Bevell worked as a Graduate Assistant at Iowa State University
- From 1998-1999, Darrell worked as a Wide Receivers Coach at the University of Connecticut
- Bevell got his first NFL job in 2000 as an Offensive Assistant for the Green Bay Packers. In 2003, he was promoted to Quarterbacks Coach where he worked with QB Brett Favre
- In 2006, Brad Childress was hired as the Head Coach of the Minnesota Vikings and he brought Bevell with him to be his Offensive Coordinator
- In 2009, Bevell was reunited with Brett Favre but this time as the Offensive Coordinator and play-caller. The Vikings went 12-4 that year eventually losing to the Super Bowl Champion Saints in the NFC Championship Game in overtime. That year, Favre 4,202 passing yards and 33 touchdowns.with a QB rating of 107.2 (his career best)
- In 2010, Brad Childress was fired mid-season and replaced with Interim Head Coach Lezlie Frazier. When Frazier became Head Coach, the Vikings did not retain Bevell.
- In 2011, Pete Carroll hired Darrell Bevell to be the Offensive Coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks
- During the 2012 off-season, Bevell did a lot of scouting work on Russell Wilson out of Wisconsin (Darrell's Alma-mater). Bevell then attended Russell Wilson's Pro day which few NFL scouts attended. It was thought that the Seahawks were set at QB with Matt Flynn and Tavaris Jackson but Seattle ended up drafting Russell Wilson in the 3rd round. When Pete Carroll was reached for comment on the Wilson pick, he said, "It was Bevell's project."
- After Wilson won the QB competition coming out of Training Camp, the Bevell/Wilson duo's first year produced a 11-5 record and 2nd place in the NFC West
- In 2012, Seahawks rushing offense improved from 21st in the NFL to 3rd averaging 161.2 yards per game
- Currently, the Seahawks are 12-3 and have the 4th best rushing attack in the NFL
- Through two seasons under Bevell, Wilson has accumulated a 100.6 QB rating and a completion percentage of 63.6. Also, has thrown 51 TDs and 19 INTs
(2) Bill O'Brien
Current Position: Head Coach at Penn State
- O'Brien's coaching career started at Brown University as a Tight Ends Coach in 1993. In 1994, he moved to the other side of the ball to be the Inside Linebackers Coach
- From 1995-1997, he worked as a Graduate Assistant for Georgia Tech University
- He was promoted to Running Backs Coach at Georgia Tech and worked their from 1998-2000. In 1999, RB Sean Gregory rushed for 837 yards and 6 TDs. In 2000, RB Joe Burns rushed for 908 yards and 12 TDs
- From 2001-2002, O'Brien was again promoted for the Yellow Jackets. This time, he was promoted to Offensive Coordinator and QB Coach. In 2002, he added Assistant Head Coach to his titles and duties
- As Offensive Coordinator in 2001 and 2002, O'Brien's offense averaged 31 and 21.5 points per game. In 2001, RB Joe Burns ran for 1,165 yards with 14 TDs and QB George Godsey threw for 3,085 yards with 18 TDs. In 2002, RB Tony Hollings ran for 633 yards with 11 TDs and WR Kerry Watkins had 1,050 receiving yards with 5 TDs
- In 2002, O'Brien was hired as Notre Dame's Offensive Coordinator under George O'Leary but O'Leary ended up being dismissed
- In 2003, he was hired as the Running Backs Coach at Maryland University. He spent two seasons there. In 2003, RB Josh Allen ran for 922 yards with 8 TDs while Bruce Perry would run for 713 yards with 6 TDs
- From 2005-2006, O'Brien was the Offensive Coordinator at Duke. His teams averaged 16.1 and 14.9 points per game. QB Thaddeus Lewis threw for 2,134 and 11 TDs under O'Brien in 2006
- After two years at Duke, O'Brien was hired as an Offensive Assistant for the New England Patriots in 2007. That Patriots team went 16-0 during the regular season and set records for Most Points in a Season, MOst First Downs, and Most Touchdowns Scored. Tom Brady broke the single season record for Most TD passes in a season with 50 and Randy Moss broke the single season record for Most Receiving TDs in a season with 23
- In 2008, O'Brien was promoted to Wide Receivers Coach of the Patriots
- Following the 2008 season, with Josh McDaniels departure, O'Brien was promoted to Quarterbacks Coach and Offensive Play-Caller. In 2011, he was named the Offensive Coordinator
- During the 2012 playoffs, the Jacksonville Jaguars received permission to interview Bill O'Brien for their Head Coach job. O'Brien was suppose to interview but never actually interviewed for the job. Instead, O'Brien interviewed for the Head Coach Job at Penn State. Two days later, he was announced as Joe Paterno's successor as Penn State's next Head Coach. He continued coaching the Patriots through Super Bowl XLVI
- In O'Brien's first year with Penn State, the NCAA sanctioned him with a 4 year postseason ban, and loss of 40 scholarships over a 4-year period. Despite the tough times, his team finished 8-4 which was much more successful than anticipated and he was awarded the Big Ten Coach of the Year Award by both Media and coaches. He was also named the National Head Coach of the Year by ESPN. On top of those, he was also awarded the Paul "Bear" Bryant College Coach of the Year Award
- In 2013, O'Brien interviewed for the Head Coach job with the Cleveland Brownsand Jacksonville Jaguars. He then declared that he wasn't a one-and-done guy and would stay with Penn State. They finished 7-5.
- For more, read Mark Tyler's article on O'Brien HERE
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