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Player or Coach; Where was/is Darrell Bevell Better?


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There is no denying Darrell Bevell and his offensive mind.

And by offensive I mean he’s gifted in discussing options against a 3-4 defense and whether a draw play on 3rd and short is a viable call against two speed rushing ends.

His credentials?

Well, those have now solidified after Seattle’s thumping of Denver to win the 2014 NFL Championship.

Add to it the mix of teams he’s been with and around and it all spells head coaching job, soon, for former Wisconsin Badgers QB, Darrell Bevell.

Let’s go back. Remember?

The memory of Bevell’s game-clinching touchdown scamper against UCLA in the 1998 Rose Bowl is still fresh in many Badgers fans minds.

And it’s hard to look back at that one play to sort of complete the thought of why the former Big Ten play caller should be high on the list of those teams in seek of a new head coach.

Quick decision making … risk taking … ability to take a load on his shoulders and except the outcome!

Hard to believe it’s been so long. Wisconsin’s first Rose Bowl trip in decades didn’t become official until about 1 a.m. in Wisconsin.

A Badgers win over Michigan State, in Tokyo, changed how Badgers football would be looked at from here on out. And Bevell had a lot to do with it.

The famous “2nd and 8 on the 21-yard line” play.

“I just took off for the endzone and didn’t actually think I was going to make it,” Bevell said. “The next thing I knew, I was in the endzone.”

Bevell still ranks on top of the charts at Wisconsin with 7,686 career passing yards. His 423 yards in an October 1993 game against Minnesota still sits as the best single-day passing in UW history.

He’s got the most passes completed in a game, career and consecutively and has 59 career TD’s passes – all first on top of their respective lists.

Bevell was likely passed over this year by a number of teams who wanted to put a coach in place prior to the Super Bowl.

With Bevell relunctant to interview during the Seattle championship run, many position came and went. Otherwise, most NFL analysts say he was on top of a lot of teams want list at head coach.

Now, the question is, would Bevell be a more successful NFL coach than he was a college quarterback?

Let us know what you think!

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