BRB Nation, I usually write and comment on the Seattle Seahawks but when I read about the firing of Gary Kubiak I knew I had to ask a question.
What are your thoughts on Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell?
I am going to guess that the Texans will probably draft a Quarterback in the first round. I think with Bevell the Texans would get a coach who has currently masterminded one of the leagues better scoring and explosive offenses and he has groomed one of the NFL's best young QBs in Russell Wilson. Keep in mind, the Seahawks have one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL. Even the most die-hard Seahawk fan will tell you that. Texans blew them up quite a few times during their game vs the Seahawks earlier this year. The O-line gets away with a lot of poor play due to Wilson's elusiveness and Bevell's use of read-option and play-action. In other words, Bevell is used to poor offensive line play which the Texans seem to also have.
If Teddy Bridgewater is on the board and the Texans have that pick, I'm guessing they'll be all over him. If not Bridgewater, I am also guessing the Texans will take a hard look at Johnny Manziel, an in-state favorite. Like Wilson, Manziel has a lot of scrambling ability and the penchant for the big play. Maturity-wise, Wilson is on another level. But under Bevell, Manziel and Bridgewater could develop quickly while also not being asked to do too much too soon. Bevell was outstanding in making sure that they had an offense tailored to Wilson's strengths as a scrambler rather than forcing him into offense more befitting of a tall drop-back passer. That's why the Seahawks benefited greatly from having Marshawn Lynch during Wilson's growth as a QB. Same could go with the Texans with Ben Tate and Arian Foster.
The similarities between the Seahawks and Texans are there. They both have stacked teams with good defenses and great skill players on offense. If the Texans feature an offense that is predicated on a power running game (Foster and Tate) but assisted with a highly efficient deep ball (Bevell's penchant scheme) being thrown to Johnson and Hopkins, I think the "explosiveness" that seems to be desired by fans will be there immediately even with a young QB. Keep in mind that Wilson may not have had a huge amount of passing yards last year but he still found multiple ways in Bevell's offense to get touchdowns and quite a few of those were with very few passing attempts. Again it due to the explosiveness factor that Bevell revels in. He and Carroll are major believers in getting plays of 20 yards or more and setting up defenses for those plays.
I think Bevell would be a win-win for the Texans especially if their offensive philosophy needs some changes. Also, Bevell interviewed twice last year for head coaching jobs. He is looking and wanting. Its just a matter if team's are willing to offer him the crown.
Again, what are your thoughts? Who would be your preference to replace Kubiak?