Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll Got The Play Call Wrong?

Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll

Pete Carroll, the Coach of the Seattle Seahawks, is to blame for not winning the Super Bowl because of the play call that lead to the interception by New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler that ended Seattle’s hopes for back-to-back Super Bowl wins, claims Ian O’Connor in a commentary for ESPN. After Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch was stopped one yard short of the game-winning score, Pete Carroll called a passing play on second-and-goal that was intercepted.

“Pete Carroll was going to be the happy face of the NFL, the guy who put the fun back in the No Fun League. He was one Marshawn Lynch yard away from talking up his back-to-back championships with Jimmy Kimmel or Jimmy Fallon or David Letterman,” O’Conner wrote.

“Carroll just had to make a decision any Pop Warner coach worth his whistle and drill cones would have made. Lynch was in full you-know-what mode, barreling his way through the New England Patriots and carrying the Seahawks to the league’s first two-peat since Belichick and Tom Brady pulled it off in a different life. Lynch already had 102 rushing yards and a touchdown to his name, and he had just planted Seattle on the Patriots’ 1-yard line.”

The game was over, O’Conner argued, and the Patriots were defeated and the Seahawks, and their coach Pete Carroll, had back-to-back Super Bowls won if they had just given the ball to Marshawn Lynch to get that last yard and score the game-winning touchdown.

It was a coach’s terrible Super Bowl mistake made by Pete Carroll, the New Yorker magazine proclaimed. The basis for blaming the Seahawks coach is, once again, the notion that he should have calling a running play for Marshawn Lynch that could have scored that game-winning touchdown.

“Pete Carroll, the Seahawks coach, was a yard away from winning the Super Bowl. There were less than thirty seconds left to play, and he had the two-legged vortex Marshawn Lynch in his backfield. Yet, instead of remaining grounded, (Seahawks coach) Carroll chose to throw. The Patriots rookie defensive back Malcolm Butler, not long ago employed at Popeyes, recognized the pass route from his opposition film studies. He veered in front of Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette to intercept the quarterback Russell Wilson’s pass. The Patriots won, 28-24. For Pete’s sake, coach, you over-think it now?,” Nicholas Dawidoff writes for the New Yorker magazine about the call by Pete Carroll.

The question was raised yesterday: did Pete Carroll drop the ball, by the Inquisitr. The Seahawks coach is viewed by many fans as having lost the Super Bowl with the decision to throw the ball rather than run in that last offensive play by his team in this previous weekend’s Super Bowl.

“The toss from quarterback Russell Wilson to wide receiver Ricardo Lockette resulted in a Patriots’ interception by undrafted rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler, sealing the Patriots victory and causing Carroll to go from hero to goat in a matter of seconds,” the Inquisitr reported about the play call made by the Seahawks coach.

The Seahawks coach, Pete Carroll, will be the subject of discussion for years as fans and commentators will debate whether his decision cost them the chance of winning Super Bowl 49. The call in the Super Bowl by Seahawks coach Pete Carroll will be debated forever.

[Image of Pete Carroll from the New Yorker magazine online]