There’s no telling what would’ve happened had the Seattle Seahawks decided to run the ball during the last play of Super Bowl XLIX rather than throw it. Marshawn Lynch may have scored the go-ahead touchdown; or the Patriots could’ve still stopped him. Only one thing’s for certain, the Patriots would not have intercepted the ball and Darrell Bevell, the Seahawks offensive coordinator who claimed responsibility for the call, would’ve been having a much better night.
Alas, there is no such thing as a time machine and what’s done is done. Bevell now has to pay for it, which in the age of the Internet, means with his digital pride.
Shortly after the Pats won 28-24, someone updated Bevell’s Wikipedia page.
Somebody had some fun with Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell's Wiki page pic.twitter.com/vqh4qLSOtr
— Gregg Doyel (@GreggDoyelStar) February 2, 2015
“In the closing seconds of Super Bowl XLIX, Bevell announced to the world that he was the first clinically braindead person to coach a professional football team,” the new edit stated.
More zingers came on Twitter.
BREAKING: Patriots award Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell with the game ball
— Faux John Madden (@FauxJohnMadden) February 2, 2015
At least right now: I'd rather be Darren Rovell than Darrell Bevell.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 2, 2015
bevell has to shut up and take that one. that’s just how it goes. right or wrong, that was a poor play.
— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) February 2, 2015
Hey Darrell Bevell, Seattle Seahawks Offensive Coordinator……. pic.twitter.com/S2Pobtxlxt
— David (@DBergz13) February 2, 2015
Even linebacker Bruce Irvin didn’t understand the logic behind the confounding slant-pass call.
Here’s a funny explanation: autocorrect!
Pete caroll texting the offensive coordinator pic.twitter.com/cc3rxRskXJ
— ADC (@adctennis) February 2, 2015
Bevell did right to try to take the blame for the call, despite Coach Pete Carroll trying to fall on the proverbial sword, but he did not do himself any favors when he later insinuated to the media, according to NBC Sports, that Ricardo Lockette, the intended recipient, “could have done a better job staying strong on the ball.”