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This is a tasty appetizer:

According to Sports Radio KJR/AP/ProFootballTalk.com reporter Curtis Crabtree, the Seattle Seahawks have fired offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

Not bad, but I feel a little dissatisfied….

On a day in which the Seattle Seahawks let go of offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and (possibly, but not confirmed) defensive coordinator Kris Richard, perhaps the most heavily scrutinized assistant on Seattle’s staff has also been fired.

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports that Tom Cable, longtime Seahawks offensive line coach and assistant head coach, has been handed his pink slip after seven seasons with the team.

Cable also is the “run game coordinator,” although the 2017 Seahawks rushing attack looked anything but coordinated. Seahawks running backs (read: everyone not named Russell Wilson) collectively ran for just a shade over 1,000 yards and ranked dead-last in yards per carry. While pass protection has long been a problem under Cable, Seattle was at least one of the best running teams in the NFL from 2012-2015. These past two seasons of lackluster rushing offenses, combined with the ongoing struggle to keep Russell Wilson upright, appear to be the final straw for Cable’s tenure.

Now that’s the stuff! Although he will always be responsible for my proudest moment as a public intellectual. 

Bevell was a mixed bag. He did some things well — he deserves credit for not putting Wilson in a Mularkeyesque straightjacket — but also a lot of weird stuff (why did it take him so long to figure out how to use Graham in the red zone.) I personally would have fired him after L’Affaire Inside Slant, not just for the playcall itself (which created several matchups so unfavorable for Seattle that it would have been hard for Belichick to design a better play for Seattle to run from his perspective) as his decision to throw the players he put in situations that didn’t suit their skills under the bus after the game, but it was certainly time for him to go now. About Cable, what can you say — when your job is to coach the offensive line and the pass protection is always horrible and then your running game cannot even achieve a minimal level of effectiveness, I’d say your firing is postmature.

Enjoy your new head coach Indianapolis! (I really shouldn’t even joke about that — Andrew Luck has suffered more than enough.)

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