Darrell Bevell was at the Henry Ford Museum about to buy a handmade ornament for his wife Saturday afternoon when he looked down at his phone.
There was a text message from Detroit Lions chief of staff Kevin Anderson asking the then-Lions offensive coordinator to call team president Rod Wood as soon as possible. Moments later, a dream Bevell had been chasing was fulfilled.
Wood and Lions owner Sheila Ford Hamp offered him the chance to become the team’s interim head coach after they had fired Matt Patricia — a job he accepted.
“I hate the circumstances with which it happened. But it’s an opportunity and you got to take full advantage of opportunities that you’re given, however they come your way,” Bevell said Monday. “I’m jacked. I’m excited. I get a five-game audition to show what I’m capable of, but I also told them that everybody is watching them, whether it’s our team, whether it’s other teams, whether the opportunities for them to continue to play, people are watching them.