Detroit Lions losing former interim coach Darrell Bevell to Jaguars
Darrell Bevell is on the move. The former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator and interim coach travels to Jacksonville, where he will serve as Urban Meyer’s offensive coordinator, according to multiple reports.
Bevell, who previously coordinated crime in Minnesota and Seattle, joined the Lions in 2018 after a year without football. Quarterback Matthew Stafford flourished on Bevell’s offensive, posting some of the best numbers of his career before a back injury ended his season after eight games.
The offensive fought with even more injuries last season. Star receiver Kenny Golladay missed 11 games, the rookie who trailed D’Andre Swift was sidelined three and there was a steady stream of absences down the offensive line.
When the Lions fired coach Matt Patricia after the Thanksgiving game, they turned to Bevell to run the franchise the rest of the way. The team won their first game with him in the lead, beating the bears on the road before losing four straight times at the end of the year.
Bevell, along with four other coaches, missed a game late in the season after an assistant tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and the others were classified as high-risk close contacts that required a five-day quarantine.
The Lions landed in the middle of the field in both mileage and points.
In Jacksonville, Bevell is set to take on an offense that was among the worst in the league but is likely to land a quarterback, presumably Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, with the first choice of the upcoming draft.
In addition to Lawrence, Bevell will inherit a workhorse running back James Robinson, who hurried for 1,070 yards as an unoccupied rookie in 2020, as well as a talented trio of young receivers in DJ Chark, Keelan Cole and Laviska Shenault.
New Lions coach Dan Campbell is currently looking for a new offensive coordinator. He’s reportedly spoken to Baltimore Raven’s quarterback coach James Urban and Steeler’s wide receiver coach Ike Hilliard.