Vikings request permission to interview Darrell Bevell, per report

Ronald Martinez

Could Darrell Bevell return to Minnesota? The Vikings requested permission to interview him.

Three seasons after leaving for Seattle, the Minnesota Vikings may be interested in bringing Darrell Bevell back. Minnesota requested permission to interview the Seahawks offensive coordinator for its head coaching vacancy, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

Bevell served as Minnesota's offensive coordinator from 2006 to 2010. He then left for Seattle where's he found some recent success. The Seahawks finished the regular season with a top 10 scoring offense for the second straight season. Efficiency has been a staple of Bevell's offenses in Seattle and he's been credited for his work with quarterback Russell Wilson.

He coached under Brad Childress with the Vikings and his tenure was up-and-down. Minnesota finished 15th or worse in scoring in three of the five seasons. It all came together in 2009 when the addition of Brett Favre and others helped Minnesota have one of the best offenses in the NFL. The Vikings dropped off substantially the next year, however, falling from No. 2 in scoring to No. 29.

In Seattle, Bevell's offenses has been built around the running game. With Marshawn Lynch and Wilson, the Seahawks have finished in the top four in rushing yards each of the last two seasons. Assuming he would carry a similar game plan to a new team, Adrian Peterson would fit nicely as the focus of a Bevell offense. The Seahawks have a first-round bye in the playoffs and Bevell is restricted from interviewing until Jan. 5.

This isn't the first time Bevell's been a candidate for a head coaching vacancy. He interviewed with Chicago, Jacksonville and Arizona last season.

More from SB Nation NFL

Black Monday: Shanahan, Frazier among first NFL coaches fired

AFC playoff schedule and bracket | NFC playoff schedule and bracket

2014 NFL mock draft: Offseason planning begins for 20 teams

Pro Bowl: AFC rosters | NFC rosters | Snubs

Death of a football player: Helmet-to-helmet hit killed Derek Sheely

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.