Clayton: Seahawks targeting Bevell

The Minnesota Vikings' Darrell Bevell is looking like the Seattle Seahawks' choice to succeed Jeremy Bates as offensive coordinator.

The team offered the job to Bevell, ESPN's John Clayton is reporting, and that begs a question: What would Bevell's hiring mean for the Seahawks' offense?

Bevell and the Vikings ran a West Coast system with at least some ties to what the Seahawks have been running. Bevell's ties to former Vikings coach Brad Childress link back to Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid and, by extension, to former Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren.

Bates' offense aligns more closely with Mike Shanahan's version of the West Coast system. It all traces back to Bill Walsh, but Bevell's roots trace more directly to Holmgren than to Bates or Shanahan. Bevell and Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck were together in Green Bay.

If the Seahawks hire Bevell, I would expect Bevell and offensive line coach Tom Cable to combine their efforts in shaping the offense. Cable's influence will be significant. This team will not ignore the running game.

Bevell did take over play calling from Childress in 2007, and the offense seemed to perk up.