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Pete Carroll: I should have stopped fake punt

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The Seahawks rolled to an easy 50-17 win over the Bills on Sunday.

On their way to victory, they successfully executed a fake punt up 47-17 in the fourth quarter. Michael Robinson’s 29-yard run set up a Steven Hauschka field goal and opened the door to criticism of Pete Carroll for running it up on a clearly beaten foe. Carroll was asked about the call after the game and said that he felt bad about it, explaining after the game that the play was in the playbook if the team got a particular look from the Bills and that he should have called it off given the situation.

“I feel bad about this. It was an automatic for us,” Carroll said, via Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times. “We looked for it every time we were going to punt, and it was just there. I should have stopped it in the sense that it looked bad.”

It did look bad, but not nearly as bad as the Bills looked over the course of the 60 minutes. Perhaps that’s why Chan Gailey declined to comment when asked what he thought about the fake punt during his own postgame press conference.

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55 Responses to “Pete Carroll: I should have stopped fake punt”
  1. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Dec 16, 2012 8:44 PM

    Good luck getting that fake punt off again. I’m sure everyone will make sure you don’t get that “look” ever again. On a side note, the seahawks are destroying people! Did not expect these games from them at all! Pretty exciting.

  2. britt71 says: Dec 16, 2012 8:44 PM

    That’s ok Pete Carroll, what goes around comes around!

  3. blacknole08 says: Dec 16, 2012 8:50 PM

    No, the Bills should have stopped it. And Russell Wilson.

    No such thing as running up the score if the other team quits and refuses to stop you.

  4. matckeeper says: Dec 16, 2012 8:50 PM

    I can’t wait for the Sea-chickens to come to Green Bay in the 1st round…..Can. Not. Wait!

  5. rickyspanish says: Dec 16, 2012 8:51 PM

    Any of the big mouths accept his apology? It shows character to admit that you were wrong. But that’s not good enough for people that just want to be hateful, is it?

  6. in12wetrust says: Dec 16, 2012 8:52 PM

    Yeah…R we tlkn about the same class act who leaped like a teenaged cheerleader when the replacement refs gave his team that bogus TD? Petey “No Class” Carrol strikes again.

  7. manningbowl88 says: Dec 16, 2012 8:57 PM

    its a shame pete carrol has to apologize for this!

  8. Ponsonby_Britt says: Dec 16, 2012 9:01 PM

    A fake punt when you’re ahead by 4 scores is a ‘problem’ I’d sure like my team to have. I’ll leave it to you to figure out the team.

  9. bleedgreen says: Dec 16, 2012 9:02 PM

    in12wetrust says:
    Dec 16, 2012 8:52 PM
    Yeah…R we tlkn about the same class act who leaped like a teenaged cheerleader when the replacement refs gave his team that bogus TD? Petey “No Class” Carrol strikes again.

    ________________

    Yeah! Coaches should show zero emotion and not be elated when they beat a top 5 team in the NFL! How dare he!

  10. curtispaintersbackup says: Dec 16, 2012 9:05 PM

    I have no problem with running up the score. All shame should go to the losers.

  11. averagewhitegirl says: Dec 16, 2012 9:06 PM

    Come on Pete, you need to be more like Bill. He would never run up the score on the way to 5 SB appearances and 3 SB wins. Right?

  12. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 16, 2012 9:11 PM

    bleedgreen says:
    Dec 16, 2012 9:02 PM
    in12wetrust says:
    Dec 16, 2012 8:52 PM
    Yeah…R we tlkn about the same class act who leaped like a teenaged cheerleader when the replacement refs gave his team that bogus TD? Petey “No Class” Carrol strikes again.

    ________________

    Yeah! Coaches should show zero emotion and not be elated when they beat a top 5 team in the NFL! How dare he!

    —–

    But they didn’t really beat them. I mean… everyone knows it.

  13. trollhammer20 says: Dec 16, 2012 9:11 PM

    matckeeper says:Dec 16, 2012 8:50 PM

    I can’t wait for the Sea-chickens to come to Green Bay in the 1st round…..Can. Not. Wait!
    ________________________

    So, you’ve conceded the #2 seed to San Francisco? If they lose tonight, or Seattle beats them next week, GB could get the #2 by winning out.

    Or are you so bitter about the Fail Mary you can’t cheer for the Seahawks even if it benefits your own team?

  14. Ponsonby_Britt says: Dec 16, 2012 9:17 PM

    “I have no problem with running up the score. All shame should go to the losers.”

    I agree to a point, but running up the score shouldn’t be the goal. Let’s call it ‘scoring rehearsal’ in order to be prepared for the next game.

  15. timbuttrum says: Dec 16, 2012 9:18 PM

    I too would love to see Seattle head to Green Bay in the playoffs.

  16. brianpoynts5 says: Dec 16, 2012 9:27 PM

    The Seattle/Green Bay game was the right Call! GB fans need to get over it. What a bunch of cry babies! Seattle Is playing good ball right now and at the right time. GoHawks!!!

  17. beerbudsnbevo says: Dec 16, 2012 9:36 PM

    Say whatever you want about how the Bills should have stopped it you Seahawks and Carroll apologists….

    That was just plain classless…

    Hawks are gonna have a lot of people rooting against them…

    When they could have been the feel-good team of the season

    Own it Carroll

  18. raiderapologist says: Dec 16, 2012 9:39 PM

    The Raiders ran up the score on the Chiefs by kicking field goals in the second half, after having kicked field goals in the first half, but you don’t hear anyone calling out Dennis Allen for running up the score.

  19. pleasefirecam says: Dec 16, 2012 9:41 PM

    49ers will destroy Seahawks next week…crazy they can keep playing Mr PED himself. Harbaugh will crush Pete with his end game handshake!

  20. nathanbetz91 says: Dec 16, 2012 9:42 PM

    No There’s nothing to feel bad about or to regret. Everyone did their job except the d and if they give up like they did when earl Thomas picked it off, than you should do it everytime

  21. joeyashwi says: Dec 16, 2012 9:50 PM

    brianpoynts5:
    To be a fan of the Seahawks is one thing, to say it was the right call just shows you nothing about football. A blatant offensive pass interference not called and a clear interception, not simultaneous possession, was clearly the wrong call. In fact that whole last drive was filled with horrible calls. I’m over it, it is what it is, but to say it was a good call is ignorant. The Seahawks are hot right now but I can’t see them beating any of the top NFC teams on the road in the playoffs.

  22. blacknole08 says: Dec 16, 2012 9:57 PM

    2 reasons why GB should get over the loss:

    - Seahawks did you a favor by beating the Bears

    - You are division champs now — at least you’re guaranteed a home game

  23. mwcarolina says: Dec 16, 2012 9:58 PM

    No, the Bills should have stopped it. And Russell Wilson
    ——————————————————-
    if you JUST said Russell Wilson i would have agreed. if they would’ve scored and it was on 1st down on a run, then i have no issue, BUT you are up 47 to 17 and you run a fake punt!!!?? it’s more of a why do it question. the Bills didnt stop it because they didnt expect a team who was crushing them to do that to them. now if they were up 24 to 17 or 27 to 17 and did it, then i have no issue, but a fake punt in a game already decided is running it up and i have a small problem with it. there was no need to do that, i dont care about the scoring, that’s more of a stop it question, but fake punt, no.

  24. beerbudsnbevo says: Dec 16, 2012 10:02 PM

    The Raiders ran up the score on the Chiefs by kicking field goals in the second half, after having kicked field goals in the first half, but you don’t hear anyone calling out Dennis Allen for running up the score.

    ***********

    kicking field goals is a lot different than fake punts when you are obviously crushing the other team.

  25. santolonius says: Dec 16, 2012 10:05 PM

    the only way any team wins the super bowl is to go into the playoffs believing it is a top predator. no mercy. no apologies. seahawks are looking good.

  26. edavidberg says: Dec 16, 2012 10:08 PM

    Buffalo needs a new coach, qb and gm.

  27. jerjaxon says: Dec 16, 2012 10:16 PM

    Silly seahawks !You guys should try out these gimmick plays when the game is on the line and your season hangs in the balance, not in a blow out…

    Get outta here. This is the NFL. If the Bills are playing like punks, then they will get punked around. If the oppisition is not serious about playing a game, why not try an exciting play?

  28. packfan1996 says: Dec 16, 2012 10:22 PM

    Who really cares what Pete Carroll does, he will get his in due time. The only good thing going in Seattle is Russell Wilson – at least he shows some class!

  29. dedicatedhawkfan says: Dec 16, 2012 10:23 PM

    another reason GB should get over it: if their own defender had not gone for the interception but had simply knocked the pass down, GB wins.

  30. mullman76 says: Dec 16, 2012 10:28 PM

    I can’t wait until the seahawks get smoked and pete whines about the other team running up the score. Look for it in 2013…

  31. mulehead70 says: Dec 16, 2012 10:29 PM

    in12wetrust says:
    Dec 16, 2012 8:52 PM
    Yeah…R we tlkn about the same class act who leaped like a teenaged cheerleader when the replacement refs gave his team that bogus TD? Petey “No Class” Carrol strikes again.

    ————————————————–

    Funny, I don’t remember Bill Cowher hanging his head in shame when the Steelers beat the Hawks in the Super Bowl with all the bad calls that went in Pittsburgh’s favor. He (and the team) gladly took the Lombardi.

    But I guess since you don’t like Carroll, that means a different set of rules applies to him, right?

  32. jerjaxon says: Dec 16, 2012 10:35 PM

    mullman76 says:Dec 16, 2012 10:28 PM

    I can’t wait until the seahawks get smoked and pete whines about the other team running up the score. Look for it in 2013…

    U mad bro?

  33. trapshoot says: Dec 16, 2012 10:41 PM

    Yes, he should have stopped it. He didn’t. It’s over.

  34. bangithard says: Dec 16, 2012 10:56 PM

    Are the Bills still in the NFL?

    my bad, i thought they were playing in the CFL.

    When is the last time the Bills were relevant in the NFL?….. 1990′s?

    enjoy your extended winter buffalo!

  35. snaxdsp says: Dec 16, 2012 11:01 PM

    Typical of him. Anyone surprised by anything this goof does?

  36. facebookuser111 says: Dec 16, 2012 11:02 PM

    Its crazy how much people care about ‘class’ when their team isnt winning. Let some other losers be classy, Ill take the points.

  37. irishdodger says: Dec 16, 2012 11:08 PM

    The Poodle strikes again!

  38. buckifan4life says: Dec 16, 2012 11:31 PM

    Pete is as slimey as they come. After the whole USC thing he ran from the college ranks to the NFL. That’s all you need to know about his character. Reggie Bush loves the guy tho…

  39. ketch20too says: Dec 16, 2012 11:34 PM

    The official that gave the TD to the Hawks was the replay official and he wasn’t a circus clown replacement ref.

    Probably should have called off the fake punt, but after watching Tim Ruskell destroy a SB team and Pete and John build a playoff team in only their third year of a five year rebuild, a mistake I will happily accept.

  40. ketch20too says: Dec 17, 2012 12:11 AM

    buckifan calling ANYONE slimey!!?!?!?!?!? Priceless Bet you can’t wait for that New Years Day bowl game OSU will be……..ohhh…my bad…never mind

    “In June 2010, the Trojans were hit with a two-year bowl ban and the loss of 30 scholarships over a three-year period. USC was hit with some of the most severe penalties in NCAA history because Heisman Trophy-winning tailback Reggie Bush and basketball star O.J. Mayo accepted thousands of dollars in improper benefits from sports marketers and agents.

    At the time, the NCAA said high-profile athletes required high-profile monitoring.

    At least former USC coach Pete Carroll didn’t lie to his bosses or withhold information from NCAA investigators.

    Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, who was forced to resign in May, committed the ultimate sin for a college coach when he withheld information about the scandal from OSU officials and NCAA investigators”

  41. jjh1982 says: Dec 17, 2012 12:14 AM

    Seahawks are the most overated team a high school team could have beaten the bills this season. You guys beat a crappy team and you guys think you won your 1st Superbowl ever what a joke

  42. savannahrose44 says: Dec 17, 2012 12:43 AM

    Pass interference is not called in the end zone on a hail mary pass. If they called it on a hail mary pass there would NEVER be any hail mary passes attempted. The replay official upheld the ruling on the field. Deal with it. Get over it. Move on. Nothing to see here.

    As for the fake punt…had the Bills shown up to play and actually done something to stop Seattle from scoring they wouldn’t have been down by 30. It’s not Pete’s job to pull punches. It is their job to come up with an answer and play like they are being paid millions of dollars to play a child’s game. It’s great of Pete to give an apology, but quite frankly there was no apology needed. This is not PeeWee football.

  43. truebuffalo says: Dec 17, 2012 12:48 AM

    Listen I’m a Bills fan and had no problem with the call, as stated above the defense should have stopped them. I.have more of an issue with Carroll apologizing for it, don’t make excuses pete, you did it just own it.
    The bills quit early on in this game, it goes to show you how they are coached. How they have won five games this year with this smuck as HC is beyond any possible rationalization. If he isn’t fired this year a lot of Bills fans will not be renewing season tickets. I know I won’t! Unless your grab me a QB early in the draft and a coach with a hunger inside not a pace maker attached to his thigh.

  44. spideysdog says: Dec 17, 2012 12:58 AM

    The last thing on earth that Petey should be doing is apologizing. In the immortal great words of an awesome coach “they don’t pay me to stop my offense”. You know what, it’s Buffalo’s fault that they are being “embarressed”. Not the Seahawks. It isn’t Petes job to stop our offense. It’s Chan, I’m about to be canned, Gaileys.

  45. footballace says: Dec 17, 2012 1:21 AM

    Last time I checked these teams play in the NFL, not some youth football league. You always put the peddle to the metal and if you have a problem with it, go watch the participation award league.

  46. juliusanonymous says: Dec 17, 2012 2:22 AM

    Boy, as a Seahawk fan, I sure am bummed that the rest of the NFL hates (and fears) my team. I sure am upset that they are just destroying teams, week after week. And I cry just a little bit every time I think about the Green Bay game, because people hate us! Whats next? Endless stupid jokes about Nirvana and Starbucks, every single time they play a primetime game? No ROY consideration at all for a QB that runs for 3 TDs and 100 yards without a turnover in his last 5-6 games? Oh yeah thats already whats up.

    Newsflash: not a single Seahawk fan cares what you whiny losers think of us or our team and we never have. We know youre jealous of our rookie phenom at QB, the 6 shutdown DBs in our secondary, and the way nobody has been able to beat us by 2+ scores.

    We will love the taste of your tears, and the pathetic sound of your whining when we beat your sorry team in the playoffs. This team feeds on your hatred.

    U mad bro?

  47. seabronco says: Dec 17, 2012 2:43 AM

    Hahaha so many whiners and haters here. When your team sucks you don’t need to come cry about the “class” of another team that’s winning games.

    GB get over it, Seattle won and it wasn’t a replacement ref that made the final call.

  48. joetoronto says: Dec 17, 2012 4:52 AM

    Keep running, Pete!

  49. tincansailor981 says: Dec 17, 2012 6:54 AM

    Seattle has a nice squad this year and I wouldn’t mind seeing them succeed – if Cheat Carroll wasn’t their coach. If you believe for one minute he had any thought of calling off that fake punt, you’re dreaming.

  50. blueforce33 says: Dec 17, 2012 7:44 AM

    Pete Corroll is a classless coach. Up 4 scores in the 4th quarter, runs a fake punt. leaves Wilson in and allows him to continue to throw, still up 4 scores. Seahawks are not that good, cards and Bills just played poorly.

  51. pdk852 says: Dec 17, 2012 12:56 PM

    Some people are simply going to find fault with anything Pete Carroll does. They’re called “whiners,” and while often entertaining (unintentionally, that is), their opinions rarely have any objective merit.

  52. dtjano says: Dec 17, 2012 1:49 PM

    Last year Chan Gailey tried running up the score by having Brad Smith throw up 41-7 against the Chiefs. Much like everything he does football related that failed. If it gets Gailey fired Carroll did the Bills a favor.

  53. jprcox says: Dec 17, 2012 2:06 PM

    who cares – i’ve heard many fans at the game say it was the highlight of the entire “show”. At that point it was important to keep the game somewhat fun for those who spent so much money coming to see it.

  54. unionjack1776 says: Dec 17, 2012 4:43 PM

    Par for the course for Pete. He’s never been known as a classy guy.

  55. raiderapologist says: Dec 17, 2012 8:28 PM

    beerbudsnbevo says: Dec 16, 2012 10:02 PM

    The Raiders ran up the score on the Chiefs by kicking field goals in the second half, after having kicked field goals in the first half, but you don’t hear anyone calling out Dennis Allen for running up the score.
    ***********
    kicking field goals is a lot different than fake punts when you are obviously crushing the other team.
    ———-
    Yeah, I was joking….next time I will include a smiley face for the clueless.

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