The Seattle Seahawks, disappointed with offensive struggles in 2017, have fired longtime offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell who served in the role for the past seven seasons.

Bevell was formally fired on Tuesday night, according to

Seattle finished the season 9-7 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

While Seattle was 15th in total offense and 11th in scoring, they struggled mightily in the month of December which forced the team to change directions.

Bevell was defended by players such as Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin.

“It’s not playcalling. It’s not playcalling,” Baldwin said.

“We go into a game knowing what the defense is going to give us, the situations that we’re going to be in. We don’t execute as a team. Offensively, that’s what we’ve seen time and time again is that we do not execute the way that we should. And that’s on us as players. You guys can blame Bev all you want to, but the truth of the matter is that Bev’s not the problem.”

Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian is a potential candidate to fill the role as he worked with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll during their time together at USC.

Offensive line coach Tom Cable may also be out of work as well.