With some time to reflect on his team’s 58-0 destruction of the Cardinals, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says he feels for the guys on the opposite sideline.
“It was unfortunate for those guys,” Carroll said on KIRO Radio in Seattle. “That’s terrible when it goes that way.”
But Carroll, whose USC teams frequently blew out overmatched opponents, said there’s only so much you can do to stop yourself when the other team is all but handing you the ball.
“They fumbled the ball five times,” Carroll said. “Once it goes that way and it gets rolling it’s hard to stop. We didn’t have to do much.”
And Carroll defended his decision to have backup quarterback Matt Flynn throw nine passes after starter Russell Wilson was pulled in the third quarter. Carroll said it was important to reward Flynn for his hard work in practice, and to give Flynn some time in the offense.
“Matt Flynn got to play finally, and I was thrilled, as was our football team, that he got to play, and he needed to throw the ball a little bit,” Carroll said.
Although some might criticize Carroll, the score was 38-0 at halftime and 48-0 before the midway point of the third quarter, and by then Carroll pulled many key players, including Wilson and running back Marshawn Lynch. It’s not Carroll’s fault that the Cardinals’ defense couldn’t stop anyone, or that Cardinals quarterback John Skelton threw four interceptions on top of those five Arizona fumbles Carroll mentioned.
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt acknowledged that after the game, saying it’s Arizona’s job to compete, not Carroll’s job to hold his players back to make the game seem slightly more competitive than it was. The way the Cardinals were playing on Sunday, Seattle could have beaten them by a more lopsided score than 58-0.