NEWARK, N.J. — Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell almost missed Super Bowl XLVIII. That’s because he was close to becoming the Bears’ coach.
Bevell was a finalist for the Bears’ opening, joining Marc Trestman and Bruce Arians. Of course, Trestman got Lovie Smith’s old job, and Arians took over the Cardinals.
“I felt I had an opportunity when [general manager Phil Emery] told me he was going to bring two guys back to Chicago,” Bevell said Tuesday during media day at the Prudential Center. “I kind of went in thinking it was going to be a learning experience. When you’re one of the guys that he brought back, it kind of became more real. I was like, ‘Wow, I really got a shot at it.’ ”
Bevell interviewed with the Bears before Seattle’s divisional playoff game against the Falcons on Jan. 13, 2013. He then traveled to Chicago for another interview, which included meeting chairman George McCaskey and president Ted Phillips after the Seahawks’ 30-28 loss. Trestman was named Bears coach on Jan. 16, 2013.
Bevell admitted that because the Seahawks were in the playoffs at the time, he didn’t have enough time to analyze quarterback Jay Cutler, who was part of the final interview process. He said the Bears were first-class during “a tough interview.”
“I put my best foot forward,” said Bevell, in his third season as the Seahawks’ offensive coordinator. “I did some good things. Phil had really good feedback. I just didn’t have head-coaching experience, which is what he was looking for. It just wasn’t the time. But it’s all worked out pretty well because I’m standing here [during Super Bowl media day] pretty excited.”