Miami Dolphins quarterbacks coach and pass game coordinator Darrell Bevell reportedly declined interviews with the New York Jets and Washington Commanders, according to the NFL Network.
That means Bevell, widely considered a top offensive mind and quarterback teacher in the league, currently plans to stay in Miami, barring other opportunities arising.
Bevell worked wonders for quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in his third NFL season. Tagovailoa, after uneven play in his first two professional campaigns out of Alabama, led the league in passer rating (105.5) and yards per attempt (8.9) in 2022.
With the Dolphins reaffirming they’re sticking with Tagovailoa going into 2023, the final year of his rookie contract, Bevell’s presence would be a huge boost for the left-handed thrower’s continued growth.
Bevell was also part of the process in selecting third-string quarterback Skylar Thompson in the seventh round of the past draft. He helped develop the rookie to handle three starts, including Sunday’s 34-31 wild-card round playoff loss to the Buffalo Bills that eliminated the Dolphins, after Tagovailoa and backup Teddy Bridgewater suffered injuries. Thompson was 18 of 45 for 220 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, while nearly helping Miami to pull off an improbable upset in the difficult position of playing on the road in a hostile Orchard Park environment.
Bevell, 53, has deep NFL coaching experience that includes 15 seasons as an offensive coordinator between the Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings. He also was an interim head coach at the end of the 2021 season with Jacksonville and 2020 season with Detroit and coached quarterbacks early this century with the Green Bay Packers.
Between all his experience, Bevell has worked with quarterbacks of the likes of Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Matthew Stafford and Trevor Lawrence.
Bevell has previously expressed that he has future aspirations to become an NFL head coach.
“It’s something that I definitely want to do,” Bevell said in a media session late in the regular season. “Whenever the time happens, it’s something that I’d be ready for.”
Bevell still figures to draw more interest for jobs around the league this coach hiring cycle.
This story will be updated.