The Chicago Bears have sought permission to interview Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell about their head coaching vacancy, the Chicago Sun-Times' Sean Jensen reported on Sunday. According to the report, the Seahawks are expected to grant permission.
According to league rules, assistant coaches for teams that won playoff games over the weekend can be interviewed this week. But teams have to grant permission, and the Bears' brass must travel to Seattle to meet with Bevell.
Bevell has been Seattle's offensive coordinator for the past two seasons under head coach Pete Carroll. Before that, he was the offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings from 2006-10, during which he coached Brett Favre.
In Seattle, Bevell has aided the development of rookie quarterback Russell Wilson and helped lead the team to its first winning record since 2007. Seattle moved up from a paltry 28th in total offense in 2011 to a respectable 17th this season. The Seahawks also ranked ninth in points per game.
Bevell is just the latest name in a wide search for the Bears, who are looking to replace fired head coach Lovie Smith. They have already interviewed Atlanta Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong,Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, New Orleans offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. and Dallas Cowboys special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis. The Bears also reportedly met with Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Sunday and will interview CFL coach Marc Trestman sometime this week.