Dolphins reportedly working to hire Darrell Bevell as QB coach


Jacksonville Jaguars interim head coach Darrell Bevell, front, watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)


New Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel continues to assemble his staff and is reportedly honing in on a new assistant to work directly with quarterback Tua Tagoviloa.

The Dolphins are working to add former Jaguars offensive coordinator and interim coach Darrell Bevell as pass-game coordinator and quarterbacks coach, according to ESPN.

Bevell, 52, was hired by Urban Meyer as offensive coordinator and promoted to interim coach after Meyer was fired in December. Bevell had a 1-3 record while holding the interim status and new coach Doug Pederson opted not to retain him on staff.

A four-year starter at quarterback at Wisconsin, Bevell has over a decades’ worth of NFL experience as an offensive coordinator, including stints with the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions, where he served as interim coach for four games after the firing of Matt Patricia. Bevell got his start coaching in the NFL as assistant quarterbacks coach and then quarterbacks coach for the Packers in the early 2000s. Some of the quarterbacks Bevell has worked with over the years include Trevor Lawrence, Matthew Stafford, Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre.

Bevell won Super Bowl 48 with the Seahawks and Wilson but made the infamous play-call in Super Bowl 49 against the New England Patriots, a slant pass on second-and-goal from the 1-yard line with 26 seconds. Wilson was intercepted by cornerback Malcolm Butler, depriving Seattle of a repeat opportunity, and Bevell was widely criticized for not handing the ball to running back Marshawn Lynch.

Despite the criticism of the play-call, Bevell frequently led some of the best offenses in the league in Seattle; four of his offenses finished in the top 10 of Football Outsiders’ efficiency rankings.

Bevell would seemingly supplant quarterbacks coach Charlie Frye, who just completed his first season with the Dolphins. Frye has a relationship with Tagovailoa dating to high school when Frye coached Tagovailoa at the Elite 11 camp for the nation’s top high school players.

Bevell would be the latest addition to an offensive coaching staff that has been overhauled under McDaniel. McDaniel is hiring Los Angeles Chargers assistant Frank Smith as offensive coordinator. San Francisco 49ers assistants Jon Embree and Wes Welker are set to join McDaniel as tight ends coach/assistant head coach and wide receivers coach, respectively. Eric Studesville is remaining on staff to coach running backs but won’t retain his offensive coordinator title. And McDaniel is reportedly hiring Boston College offensive line coach Matt Applebaum for the same position in Miami.

This story will be updated.

This story was originally published February 15, 2022 7:15 PM.

Daniel Oyefusi covers the Dolphins for the Miami Herald. A native of Towson, Maryland, he graduated from the University of Maryland: College Park. Previously, he covered the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

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