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Pete Carroll: Seahawks have no choice but to kick to Devin Hester

Every week, every coach of every team getting ready to face the Bears faces the same question: Will you kick to Devin Hester?

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll got the question and said he doesn’t see what choice he has.

“We’ve got to kick the ball to him,” Carroll said on ESPN 1000. “There’s nothing we can do about it. We’d like to not [punt], though. That would help us.”

In other words, Carroll isn’t willing to just kick the ball out of bounds on every kickoff and hand the Bears the ball at the 40-yard line, so Hester is going to get the chance to return some kickoffs.

Not that Carroll is looking forward to seeing the ball in Hester’s hands.

“You have to be very disciplined about the way you play him,” Carroll said. “He’s just too good. And he’s so explosive. So we’re going to do a great job, I hope, of covering and placing the ball where we want to and doing all the things that you need to do so we can maximize our chance of slowing him down.”

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11 Responses to “Pete Carroll: Seahawks have no choice but to kick to Devin Hester”
  1. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Jan 13, 2011 11:17 AM

    Where’s Sal Alosi when you need him ?!?!

  2. geezohman says: Jan 13, 2011 11:30 AM

    I don’t care for pete carroll (east coast vs west coast) and his style. HOWeVER… this should be interesting and seriously.. I HOPE THEY WIN…

    interesting a coach is leaving to go to the college ranks…? thats confusing… well.. maybe just the person.. enjoys the college versus the Pros

  3. kimcon22000 says: Jan 13, 2011 11:35 AM

    Pete Carroll needs to find a way(s) to keep the ball out of Hester’s hands. He’s merely playing possum in this article ………………………………

  4. pukey60 says: Jan 13, 2011 11:43 AM

    Well good luck Petey.

  5. piccolo41 says: Jan 13, 2011 11:50 AM

    Kick to Hester? Go for it.

  6. wetpaperbag2 says: Jan 13, 2011 12:18 PM

    In translation, they will be kicking AWAY from Hester the entire game. Is this even a story?

  7. phinfan says: Jan 13, 2011 1:26 PM

    Where’s Sal Alosi when you need him ?!?!

    hilarious 🙂

  8. deweyaxewound says: Jan 13, 2011 1:30 PM

    If at all true–this is pretty goofy, especially considering Hester took one to the house against them in Week 6.

  9. FinFan68 says: Jan 13, 2011 2:02 PM

    punt it out of bounds and squib the kickoffs amking him field a ball that bounces funny. Hester is the most dangerous returner in NFL history. If he gets a decent chance he will hurt the Seahawks

  10. iffybiz says: Jan 13, 2011 2:19 PM

    Consider it already 7-0.

  11. buzzkillbill says: Jan 13, 2011 3:07 PM

    With Hester and Washington both playing maybe we can get the two teams to just kick it to each other all day and we can count the touchdowns.

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