With QB Russell Wilson at the helm, Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell has put up three-straight top 10 scoring offenses.
Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said that Russell Wilson’s height didn’t have any impact on the team’s decision to draft him.
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At Super Bowl Media Day, Darrell Bevell spoke out about some of the criticism other teams received for not taking a QB as good as Wilson over concerns about his height.
“I think the first thing you have to do is be able to overlook the fact that he was 5’10.5” to be able to take him,” Bevell said. “(Seahawks General Manager) John Schneider did a phenomenal job in preparation for that and was able to look past that. We just tried to build our offense with what is best suited for our guys.”
Bevell and Wilson shared a common bond – both played QB for the Wisconsin Badgers: Bevell played in the 1990s while Wilson played back in 2011. Bevell mentioned his connections to Wisconsin coaches allowed him to gain more insight into Wilson’s strengths and weaknesses than most other pre-draft scouts.
Wilson was eventually drafted in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft with the 75th overall selection. Among the notable selections taken before him that many teams would come to regret: the Cleveland Browns chose QB Brandon Weeden 28th overall – cutting him two years later, the Denver Broncos drafted Brock Osweiler 57th overall and has yet to make an NFL start over Peyton Manning, and in one of the most curious moves of the entire draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars drafted Punter Bryan Anger with the 70th pick – five spots ahead of Wilson.