Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said in response to public criticism from the mother of running Marshawn Lynch that "I'm glad we have passionate fans''
Seattle Seahawks’ offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell says learning to shrug off criticism comes with the territory — even when that criticism comes from the mother of the team’s star tailback
Delisa Lynch, the mother of running back Marshawn Lynch, took to Facebook Monday to criticize Bevell and the final play call of Sunday’s 34-31 overtime loss at St. Louis — when Marshawn Lynch was tackled for a one-yard loss on fourth-and-one — even calling for Bevell’s firing.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday for his regular weekly meeting with the media, Bevell smiled when the topic was raised and said he understands that prt of the job is dealing with criticism.
“I’m glad we have passionate fans,” he said. “The 12s are very passionate and that’s what we want. We want those people who are passionate about our team and supporting us. It comes with the territory. I played quarterback (at Wisconsin) and that guy is going to get more credit than he deserves and more, I guess, people going to be on him when you don’t win. So it’s the same with what I’m doing. I’m totally confident in what I’m doing. I’m totally confident that I am trying to get our team in the best postion to win and I’m glad that she is passionate about it.”
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Bevell said he sometimes jokes with players that the spread of the Madden video game has allowed everyone to feel as if they know how to call plays in a football game.
“It’s been that way for years and years and people, the armchair quarterbacks are going to be able to poke holes in what you are doing. I can promise them that we are spending a lot of time on what we are doing, there is rhyme and reason for everything. There is not a play that I throw out there that I don’t believe is going to be successful and that’s not putting the Seahawks in the best position to win.’’
The final play all was a zone read option out of the shotgun, and some — including FOX analyst Darryl Johnson, the former Dallas running back — criticized the play for being run out of the shotgun. Johnston levied his criticism as FOX showed the replay.
Bevell, though, noted that that was a play the team had run successfully often earlier in the game. In fact, Seattle picked up five third-and-one or third-and-two plays on runs out of shotgun before the final play that failed.
“We had used the shotgun many times before that so it had been successful for us,” he said. “It hadn’t been stopped. They got us on that one.”