Seahawks assistants turn focus back to playoffs after interviews
RENTON – A job interview one week, preparing for a playoff game the next.
It’s a strange reality during the postseason for a number of NFL assistants who are candidates for head-coaching jobs elsewhere, including Seattle’s trio of Tom Cable, Darrell Bevell and Dan Quinn.
All three interviewed with at least one team during Seattle’s first-round bye last week and now must wait until the team’s playoff run is over to interview again. Cable and Bevell met with the media on Tuesday – Quinn is scheduled to do so Wednesday – and their comments reflected the reality that Seattle’s upcoming playoff game is the more immediate concern.
Cable, Seattle’s offensive-line coach and assistant head coach, was asked about his reported interview with the Jets.
“For me, it’s about just getting ready for this game, really,” Cable said. “I have a great job and I love what I have. So whatever comes of that is just a product of everybody here.”
Does he want to be a head coach again?
“When the right situation comes my way, you bet,” he said. “But like I said, I have a tremendous place to be at, a great group of guys to coach and good coaches to coach with, so I’m as good as you can get.”
Bevell, Seattle’s offensive coordinator, reportedly interviewed with Oakland and Buffalo.
“I don’t know where it stands,” Bevell said. “I was excited for the opportunity. It’s something that’s pretty neat just to have that respect, but it’s last week, and full-on to Carolina and making sure that I’m preparing myself and preparing these guys to be able to be successful this week.”
This is the third consecutive year in which Bevell has interviewed for head-coaching positions. Seattle also had a first-round bye in the playoffs last season, which Bevell said makes it easy to balance the interview process and preparation since not much game-planning takes place that week.
“Because we had the bye week, I don’t think it’s as big of a deal,” he said. “We didn’t even know who we’d play until late Sunday or whatever it was, so (we were) able to get that done and put it behind us. If we didn’t have it, then it would be something that I wouldn’t even mess with, I don’t think.”