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Lions hire Bengals OC target Darrell Bevell

Cincinnati is running out of good options at OC.

Seattle Seahawks 2011 Headshots Photo by NFL via Getty Images

So much for Darrell Bevell.

On Wednesday, the Lions hired Bevell to be the team’s next offensive coordinator. He’s no longer an option for the Bengals, who reportedly had him “high” on their list of play-caller candidates.

Bevell was unemployed this past season, but he was the offensive coordinator for two different NFL teams from 2006-2017. He started off with the Vikings, where he was instrumental in the MVP-caliber 2009 season that Brett Favre had just two years before he retired.

Bevell then joined the Seahawks in 2011. He was credited for developing Russell Wilson into a franchise quarterback who helped Seattle make two Super Bowls, winning one of them.

But as the Seahawks regressed in recent years, Carroll deciding it was time for a change following the 2017 season, as Bevell was fired and has been looking for a coordinator job since then.

With Bevell off the table, you have to think Eagles quarterbacks coach Press Taylor and Rams passing game coordinator Shane Waldron are two of the top candidates to be Zac Taylor’s offensive coordinator in Cincinnati.