Darrell Bevell was on the Henry Ford Museum about to purchase a home made decoration for his spouse Saturday afternoon when he regarded down at his telephone.
There was a textual content message from Detroit Lions chief of employees Kevin Anderson asking the then-Lions offensive coordinator to name staff president Rod Wooden as quickly as potential. Moments later, a dream Bevell had been chasing was fulfilled.
Wooden and Lions proprietor Sheila Ford Hamp supplied him the possibility to change into the staff’s interim head coach after that they had fired Matt Patricia — a job he accepted.
“I hate the circumstances with which it happened. But it’s an opportunity and you got to take full advantage of opportunities that you’re given, however they come your way,” Bevell mentioned Monday. “I’m jacked. I’m excited. I get a five-game audition to show what I’m capable of, but I also told them that everybody is watching them, whether it’s our team, whether it’s other teams, whether the opportunities for them to continue to play, people are watching them.
“So how can we react on this second and the way we’re in a position to deliver out our greatest in these subsequent 5 video games goes to inform all.”
Bevell knows these remaining regular-season games for Detroit could determine whether he’s considered for the job full time. Bevell said Monday that Wood told him he could become a candidate for the full-time job, but even Bevell knows these “5 weeks are going to be telling.”
Quarterback Matthew Stafford — who deflected questions about his own uncertain future Monday — said he knows this is an opportunity for Bevell and that “he’ll be himself as a lot as he presumably can.”
The 50-year-old Bevell, a former quarterback at Wisconsin, had been an offensive coordinator in Minnesota and Seattle before coming to Detroit. He had been mentioned as a potential head-coaching candidate during his time with the Seahawks.
Bevell has met with Lions players twice since being named interim coach, although not in person. The team was off this weekend following its 41-25 Thanksgiving Day loss to the Houston Texans, and then NFL-mandated COVID-19 protocols prevented them from meeting in their building Monday.
Instead, he held meetings from his home — including his first news conference as a coach from his kitchen dining area. Bevell said he still plans on calling plays for Detroit because that’s what he was initially brought in to do and he believes it’s important for the offense to have continuity. But he did hint at changes — although they might not be in the offensive or defensive schemes.
“The one factor I obtained to do is I obtained to be me,” Bevell said. “I have been at loads of stops, seen loads of totally different head coaches which have gone up there and there is nice issues about each one in all them, in order I used to be doing that you just type of attempt to see your self in that function and the way you’d deal with conditions and issues which are vital to you and that is what I’d do. I’m simply going to be myself.
“I’m asking the guys to come in with a refreshed attitude ready to work, No. 1, but ready to have a good time and just let them play with their hair on fire and let them play fast, let them play free, and we’ll worry about the end result at the end. But we’re going to take it one game at a time and hopefully we’ll like what happens at the end.”
Bevell mentioned he informed the gamers he would not care what occurred prior to now below Patricia — who had points with gamers when he first arrived in 2018 — and that he’s grateful to Patricia and Bob Quinn, who was fired as basic supervisor Saturday, for bringing him to Detroit earlier than final season. However all through his nearly 20-minute dialog with reporters he pressured how he needs his gamers to have enjoyable.
“It’s just been a little inconsistent at times,” Bevell mentioned. “My thing is I just wanted to be able to have a great time. It’s important to know that being able to have a good time and hard work, you know, they don’t have to be individual deals.
“I imply, you may have a good time and work laborious. That is what I informed the fellows and that is what I need them to do. It is by no means actually been about their work. They’ve labored laborious. So I am excited to only deliver that angle for them.”