Darrell Bevell Criticizes Russell Wilson's Performance vs. Cardinals

Mike Norris@@MikeNorrisBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2015

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 15:  Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks scrambles during the fourth quarter as he is pressured by Frostee Rucker #92 of the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field on November 15, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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Just one season removed from a Super Bowl appearance and two years from a championship, the Seattle Seahawks are 4-5 and in danger of not making the playoffs.

After the team's latest loss in Week 10 to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell threw some criticism the way of quarterback Russell Wilson, per Curtis Crabtree of Seattle Sports Radio KJR.

"We had full progression, kind of across the board for that one," Bevell said about a Wilson interception. "We had a chance for (Tyler) Lockett, we had a chance for Doug [Baldwin], and basically Russell said he just missed it."

NFL.com had video of the pick:   

Bevell took the criticism a little further when discussing a failed two-point-conversion pass attempt in the fourth quarter of the 39-32 loss, per Crabtree:   

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Well we had a good look, we had the look that we wanted. He had Doug [Baldwin], he was number three (innermost receiver in a trips formation), really had him as an inside seam. Then you had Jermaine (Kearse) as well, as another option. Jermaine kind of got tackled a little bit on that play.

You just have to make a better throw on it. He had an opportunity to give Doug a chance and really didn't give him a chance. Particularly on that type of situation, you want to make sure you give your guys an opportunity to make a play. 

On a second failed two-point-conversion pass attempt to tight end Jimmy Graham, Bevell continued the criticism:

I think you've got to make sure that you give him a chance. We're working him every day in practice. I think by the way that was our first pass interference call against one of our wideouts or tight ends this season that they ended up calling on Jimmy. That ended up being a great play for us, but we want to be able to give Jimmy a chance to be able to make a play. Whether it's that one, whether it's the two-point play, or any others.

In his fourth year in the league, Wilson statistically is having his worst season. He's on pace for a career-low 18 touchdowns and career-high 12 interceptions.

It has been downhill for Wilson ever since he was one yard shy of winning a second straight Super Bowl last season before Malcolm Butler intercepted the ball in the end zone with 20 seconds remaining in a 28-24 loss to the New England Patriots.

Seattle offensive line coach Tom Cable acknowledged the team's offensive line has not protected Wilson well, allowing 33 sacks through nine games, but told Crabtree the two sacks against Arizona were on the quarterback.

Here is one from NFL.com that backs up Cable's claim:

Even though Bevell was basically explaining what went wrong, it's rare a coach will publicly acknowledge the struggles of a quarterback. It's not like Wilson has been struggling for a few years and has never proved he can win.

The defense wasn't great against Arizona, but only two NFC teams have allowed fewer points than Seattle. While it hasn't been as stout as the past few years, the defense has helped the Seahawks win three games in 2015 with the offense scoring 20 points or fewer.

It seems odd for a quarterback who won a Super Bowl and 36 games his first three seasons to receive criticism, but the NFL is a "What have you done for me lately?" league.

Hopefully, for Wilson's sake, his numbers can improve, and fans can see him for the winner he is. However, if the Seahawks fall two or three games under .500, talk of Wilson's regression will continue.