Possible OC candidates likely to include former Carroll assistants

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Here’s an early look at possible Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator candidates if Darrell Bevell gets the head coaching job at BYU.

The reports of Darrell Bevell possibly interviewing for the vacant head coaching job at BYU are still so fresh that the plane he’s allegedly taking to Provo, Utah might still be in the air.

But in the roller coaster world of the NFL coaching carousel it’s never, ever too early to look ahead.

Here’s a list of seven potential candidates to replace Bevell if the Seahawks suddenly find themselves without a play-caller this winter, in no particular order (Spoiler alert: The last name is the most provocative…..and perhaps the best.)

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(**Prior to today I would have included Steve Sarkisian on this list. Sark obviously has significant ties to Carroll and would be a coaching free agent this offseason after getting fired at USC. But his decision to file a massive lawsuit today against the school makes it very difficult, I believe, for teams to seriously consider hiring him. It’s a very slippery slope for potential employers, and might just be career suicide for an otherwise promising young coach.**)

TOM CABLE – Current Seahawks O-line coach and running game coordinator

October 22, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Seattle Seahawks assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tom Cable (left), head coach Pete Carroll (center), and quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi

I first suggested this as a possibility six weeks ago when Bevell was really struggling to adjust his play-calling to compensate for the Hawks poor line play.

Cable has held the title of offensive coordinator before, in college. He was the primary play-caller at both Colorado and also UCLA during Karl Dorrell’s tenure as head coach. With the Seahawks, he’s tasked with coordinating the running game but all the gameday play decisions are left up to Bevell.

Does he have what it takes? Would it be too much responsibility to heap on one coach? Who knows? But we do know this; Pete Carroll loves him, and is very loyal to his coaches and friends. I would be surprised if this isn’t at least something Carroll considers if Bevell departs.

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