As unlikely as it seems, it is still possible that the Seahawks will lose one or more of their top three assistant coaches after their playoff run concludes.
With offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and assistant head coach Tom Cable all drawing various levels of interest from teams that just fired their coaches, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll might have to scramble to replace them after the season.
As we surmised a few weeks ago, Washington is interested in Bevell. General manager Bruce Allen reportedly interviewed Bevell in Seattle on Tuesday as the Redskins seek a replacement for the fired Mike Shanahan. The Vikings, who fired Leslie Frazier, also reportedly are interested in Bevell, who was the Vikings' offensive coordinator from 2006 to 2010.
The Browns, who fired Rob Chudzinski after just one year, reportedly will interview Quinn in Seattle on Wednesday. The Vikings also reportedly are interested in Quinn, who is finishing his first season as an NFL coordinator.
On top of that, the Detroit Lions, who fired Jim Schwartz, apparently are interested in Cable, who was the coach of the Oakland Raiders from 2008 to 2010 before being fired and joining Carroll's staff.
"At this time of the year, this stuff happens," Carroll said. "It’s a very difficult time for (fired) coaches, but it also creates opportunities for guys. And the fact that teams want to come talk to Dan or any of our coaches, it’s a credit to our program."
Carroll said everyone is conscious of not messing with the Seahawks' preparation for their expected Super Bowl run.
"We’ll do this with all of the care of what’s going on here," the coach said. "This is first and foremost and all of our guys understand. But also I’ll help our guys any way that I can to fulfill the dreams that they have for themselves and proudly go about that.”
Carroll said he would never stop one of his assistants from moving into a better job. And he also is not in a hurry to get rid of anyone -- he likes his staff.
"I’m not trying to kick anybody out of here," he said. "I just want to give them a chance to be the best that they can be, and I also know that the word is out (that the Seahawks are good). So if somebody wants to get someplace, we’ll help them in every way that we can and we’ll make this an attractive place for the next person to come."