Pete Carroll appreciative of Bill Belichick’s public support after interception

AP

As the Seahawks received vast criticism for the play call ending in the game-deciding interception in Super Bowl XLIX, New England’s Bill Belichick defended Seattle’s coaches.

In an interview with Boston radio station WEEI in the week after the Super Bowl, Belichick called the critiquing of the Seahawks’ second-down throw from the New England 1 “totally out of line,” per the station’s website.

The criticism of the play, Belichick said, per WEEI.com, was “by a lot of people who I don’t think are anywhere near qualified to be commenting on it.”

Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine Friday, Carroll said he appreciated Belichick speaking up.

“He’s just respecting coaching,” Carroll said, calling Belichick’s remarks “gracious.”

Carroll noted that the Patriots’ final touchdown came on a second-down throw from the Seattle 3.

“He knows. He gets it,” Carroll said.

70 responses to “Pete Carroll appreciative of Bill Belichick’s public support after interception

  1. The decision to pass was correct given the time constraints and down. The matchup was even correct too, who wouldn’t lick their chips to try a UDFA rookie CB while taking advantage of a loaded box? The problem was a slightly inaccurate throw that would have been an incompletion at worst had Butler not read it absolutely perfectly due to study/preparation. That said, a corner fade to near-MVP Chris Matthews or even Kearse on the outside edge would have been a safer proposition.

  2. The thing is too, if the Patriots defender hadnt made an absolutely stellar play on the ball, it would have worked and Russell Wilson would have taken over from Peyton Manning as The Guy Who Does Way Too Many Commercials Super Bowl MVP. I live in Boston and I can’t even recall the defender’s name, I’m not faulting Wilson for having never heard of the guy and not being wary of him.

    Football comes down to just one play sometimes, that’s what makes it exciting, people don’t need to be so critical, we could just, you know, talk about the fact that the Superbowl was amazing and could have gone either way, something you can’t necessarily say most years.

  3. Of course Belichick was easy on Pete…Pete had the trophy in his hands and he gave it to Bill. He will forever be thankful for that gift.

  4. The coaches can only do so much, and then at a certain point the players have to execute. Carroll sent in a play call that succeeds most of the time, and even when it does fail it usually results in an incomplete or a tackle at the line. Belichick had in the defense he thought was best suited for it. And then they both had to stand there and let the players figure out who wanted it more. Maybe Lynch would have run it in — or maybe he would have coughed it up on the goal line like Jerome Bettis did against the Colts at the end of that 2006 playoff game. I don’t blame Carroll for not knowing that Butler can teleport.

  5. To say the Hawks had the game and “threw” it away would be bad for the Pats and Belichick legacy.

    Bills just thinking of himself when hes defending Carroll. Hes always got an angle.

  6. adoombray says:
    Feb 20, 2015 3:50 PM
    The thing is too, if the Patriots defender hadnt made an absolutely stellar play on the ball, I live in Boston and I can’t even recall the defender’s name.

    _____________________________

    SHAME ON YOU. And speak only for yourself, and NOT all Bostonians.

  7. We all know the Seahawks really won.

    Had the Seahawks been healthy on defense, the game would have not even been close.

    No Malcolm Butler and Brady remains ringless since spygate as well as Revis.

  8. My question about the Seahawks is where is Richard Sherman? Is he still in the NFL? Last year at this time you couldn’t turn on the TV or radio without hearing him tell everyone how great he is and how everyone else sucks…so Richard do you think Tom is mad? He’s got a model wife who makes more than him a guarantee gold jacket and bust at Canton and now claimed his fourth ring off of your Legion of Booms fourth quarter choke. The sad part at least the legion of boom could quit letting true class act Russell Wilson and the coaching staff get all the blame and call it the way it is the legion CHOKED!

  9. What else is he going to say after having the game gifted to him.
    Also, Patriot fans can climb off that high horse they’re riding on in all the comments. Your team got caught cheating once, nobody believes it was the only time, your QB uses non-regulation footballs because he’s too old to throw with legal ones, OH AND AARON HERNANDEZ.
    Yep, all class.

  10. vancouversportsbro says:
    Feb 20, 2015 4:02 PM
    We all know the Seahawks really won.

    Had the Seahawks been healthy on defense, the game would have not even been close.

    No Malcolm Butler and Brady remains ringless since spygate as well as Revis.
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    Wow..you want some cheese with your whine?

  11. The problem with the call is that you called a B play with an A+ in the backfield. You can pickup women in a Buick but the Ferrari is much easier.

  12. Hey Vancouversportsbro, just saw a Sports Illustrated commercial with an offer for a commemorative Super Bowl football, and apparently the Patriots really won.

    Bruins names still etched into the Stanley Cup from 2011 too.

  13. Of course Carroll’s strategy had merit. But it came down to execution (as it always does) and they failed.

    Fans and reporters are qualified to comment on the play call though as we all possess common sense. That pass play was pretty risky and it ignored the hot streak that Beastmode was on.

    Sometimes the simplest solution is the best and Carroll got too fancy. I think he’s still a great coach…..he just didn’t do his best at that moment….and the Pats made him pay.

  14. Sorry but you throw that slant outside, to the slot receiver, and not inside to an eight man box. Granted, Browner blew-up the pick, but that pass has to go towards the sidelines.

  15. The reality is that Carroll coached brilliantly in much of the game. His use of Chris Mathews. Scoring before the half after getting the ball with only 31 seconds. Coming back to take the lead not once but after two deficits and building a 10 point lead. His defense got tired in the fourth quarter but the Patriots offense and play-calling was near perfect on the last two drives for scores. It was a great game and a great play won the game.

  16. Carroll was model citizen on the sidelines when the game was going in his favor as well as when it went against him. He is a class act.

  17. vancouversportsbro says:
    Feb 20, 2015 4:02 PM
    We all know the Seahawks really won.

    Had the Seahawks been healthy on defense, the game would have not even been close.

    No Malcolm Butler and Brady remains ringless since spygate as well as Revis.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Hate to break it to you, but I was at the game and I distinctly remember my favorite team losing that SB Game. It hurts; I know……and yes, several Hawks players were hurt and knocked out of that game……..but the final score is the final score………Time to focus on next season and see if the Seahawks can get back to the same position next year…..I for one, would love the Seahawks have a 2nd and 1yd to go at the end of SB50 for the win. The odds would favor the win.

    Go Hawks!

  18. tralfaz1127 says: Feb 20, 2015 4:07 PM

    What else is he going to say after having the game gifted to him.
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    Bengals won’t ever have to worry about holding a Lombardi in their hands…run along.

  19. magnumpimustache says:
    Feb 20, 2015 3:52 PM

    Patriots have always won and lost with class.

    You never see a patriot player screaming into a TV camera.

    You’re right. I guess I must have imagined Tom Brady yelling the F-bomb 3 straight times on the sideline in a nationally televised loss to Green Bay.

  20. Belichek graciousness actually meant

    ” I cant believe how stupid the play call was, and people now wont crucify me for not calling a time out”

  21. Seahawk fans man up and quit the whining. YOU LOST! I’m no Patriots fan but the better team won PERIOD! There were no deflated balls or secret cameras at the Super Bowl just a great quarterback who exposed the Legion and a well coached defense who made a great play against the Seahawks offense. The play called did have some rational to it so quit throwing your own coaching staff under the bus. Keep wearing them ” 12″ jerseys so you can remember the number of the QB who broke your heart.

  22. Here’s what SHOULD have happened.

    1) 26 seconds left
    2) RUN on 2nd down. If you don’t get in, immediately call time out. Roughly 18 seconds left at the least.
    3) 3rd down – passing play – preferably not over the middle – if you score, great! if you don’t, it’s incomplete and you can run whatever you want on 4th down since the clock stopped
    4) 4th down (if needed) – do whatever you want.

    #2 is where the SEA coaching staff made a mistake and, on top of it, wilson should have called an audible at the line when he saw the box filled and the play was a tight slant.

  23. I left out the slant and go call with 2:02 to go in the game that Lynch beat Collins on for a big gain,which put the Hawks in a position to come back and win the game. Great call.

  24. vancouversportsbro says:
    Feb 20, 2015 4:02 PM
    We all know the Seahawks really won.

    Had the Seahawks been healthy on defense, the game would have not even been close.

    No Malcolm Butler and Brady remains ringless since spygate as well as Revis.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Seahawks Won? NO the Pats won, with a 2nd Goal Pass play to Edleman from the 3 yard line, immediately following a 5 yrd run from a power RB – Sound Familiar?
    Oh Yeah – Thats the exact scenario Pete was in 7 minutes later – and he did EXACTLY what Bellcheek did – but Bill B is a Genius and Pete Carroll is an idiot. WRONG!
    The difference is EXECUTION. That slant Wilson threw from the 1 yd line is a low risk/high reward play. Statistically in 2014 it was 2-1 Complete/ Incomplete ratio with ZERO interceptions.
    Would have stopped the clock as well and allowed Hawks to get ALL THREE PLAYs off before the game ended.
    The Difference is Butler and Browner read it right. Butler jumped the route and held on to the ball.

  25. Pete is a good guy, I remember him from when he coached the Pats. His record was not bad either, his problem was the way he coached, he was a bit to easy going and sometimes hard to take seriously.

  26. vancouversportsbro says: Feb 20, 2015 4:02 PM

    We all know the Seahawks really won.

    Had the Seahawks been healthy on defense, the game would have not even been close.

    No Malcolm Butler and Brady remains ringless since spygate as well as Revis.

    I know that game 7 loss to the Big Bad Bruins still hurts bro, but get over it.

    And at least Seattle didn’t burn their whole city to the ground because they lost. HAHAHA

  27. Lot’s of “ifs” here about the Seahawks not being healthy, if they ran it, blah blah blah.

    Who wants to play the “IF game”? Here’s two more:

    IF David Tyree doesn’t make a lucky catch in the first SB against the Giants. (2007 season)

    IF Gronk healthy for the 2nd one against the Giants

    Patriots would have SIX rings.

    That and a few bucks get you your latte at Starbucks. That’s why I don’t bother with the “IF Game”. Nothing changes.

  28. I actually do think what they did makes a certain sense. I think the idea is to avoid putting yourself in a down where the Pats will KNOW you have to pass. If you run on second down and don’t get in, they know you are going to want two more shots at the goal line, and to get two more shots you basically have to pass on third down becasue you would have just used your last timeout. That makes you predictable on third down. So, if you’re going to throw, it has to be either on 2nd down (when they still have to respect the run) or 4th down (as a last try).

  29. its wild that so many voters on this thread say that the pass call was good… crazy really

    Beast had been gashing the Pats all day and he had just run it for 3.5 on a first and goal from the 4…. he got within inches from a score…..

    now they go to 2nd down and you guys are saying you call a slant… against the pats…. boxed in tight at the 1/2 yard line… with the Superbowl on the line in the next 2 plays… when Lynch had just gashed them for 3.5 yards?

    everyone on his team said it at the moment… why don’t you go with Beast? it makes no sense.

    it was an awful call and they should have run it… called the time out if it didn’t work and then almost certainly run it again… Lynch had their number at that moment

    it was an awful call.

  30. Brady didn’t jump into the camera, the cameraman focused close ups on him…. Big difference there but love your non bias approach & analysis of apples to oranges…

  31. iamdinguskhan says:
    Feb 20, 2015 4:30 PM
    Seahawk fans man up and quit the whining. YOU LOST! I’m no Patriots fan but the
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    Sure buddy, SURRRRRE you aren’t…

  32. We all know the Seahawks really won.

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    I like your logic. As a Pats fan I’d like to apply it to the two SBs the Pats lost in the BB era. That would — let’s see —

    subtract this SB win over Seattle
    add two SB losses to Giants

    5 rings

    OK!

  33. So let me get this straight. The coach who won a Superbowl as a direct result of a HORRIBLE play call actually defended the coach who called the HORRIBLE play. HORRIBLE play caller thanks coach who hoisted the Lombardi trophy as a result of HORRIBLE play call for defending him.

    hmmmmm… seems to be some hidden meanings in all of this.

  34. Here’s what SHOULD have happened.

    1) 26 seconds left
    2) RUN on 2nd down. If you don’t get in, immediately call time out. Roughly 18 seconds left at the least.
    3) 3rd down – passing play – preferably not over the middle – if you score, great! if you don’t, it’s incomplete and you can run whatever you want on 4th down since the clock stopped
    4) 4th down (if needed) – do whatever you want.

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    I can’t even count all the fallacies in here.

  35. Public support?! Bill is so giddy after watching coach Carroll snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, he’s decided to pay Pete’s mortgage for the next twelve months in a show of gratitude above and BEYOND mere verbal support!

  36. That was the greatest interception in Super Bowl history and it should just be left at that. Pete Carroll is incredible, the Seahawks were a yard away from the next dynasty.

    Pete’s biggest test is next season. I think the Seahawks will either win the Super Bowl or implode.

  37. In fairness to Pete, the Patriots did have a two man advantage in the box with the personnel on the field. Also the Patriots short yardage defense is usually very stout. It’s misguided to assume Lynch scores untouched.
    .

  38. This is no surprise. Sure Bill can be cold to to vultures that are the media. But to actual football people… There isn’t a more respected man in the NFL. This is another example of that. The ones that maybe hate… Are jealous

  39. “The criticism of the play, Belichick said, per WEEI.com, was “by a lot of people who I don’t think are anywhere near qualified to be commenting on it”

    In making this comment, Belichick was directly referring to each and every coach, player and fan of the Green Bay Packers.

  40. tralfaz1127 says:
    Feb 20, 2015 4:07 PM
    What else is he going to say after having the game gifted to him.
    Also, Patriot fans can climb off that high horse they’re riding on in all the comments. Your team got caught cheating once, nobody believes it was the only time, your QB uses non-regulation footballs because he’s too old to throw with legal ones, OH AND AARON HERNANDEZ.
    Yep, all class.

    —–

    No thanks, we’ll still stay on that high horse since they’ve only been caught cheating once and they paid for it. Also, plenty of people believe it was the only time, mostly those that have any sort of intelligence. Oh, and that QB used regulation footballs throughout the SB and posted over a 70% completion rate, so I guess you just proved again you’re level of intelligence.
    Finally, Hernandez as soon as it became clear he was under investigation. You know, unlike either of the Rays or several other players and teams this year. So, really, they were better than the other organizations.

    So, over all, I agree with you. Definitely all class.

  41. _____________________________

    vancouversportsbro
    Feb 20, 2015, 4:02 PM EST
    We all know the Seahawks really won.

    Had the Seahawks been healthy on defense, the game would have not even been close.
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    I love it. A heartbroken and bitter Canucks fan still! LMAO! By your logic then we’ll just go ahead and give the 2007 title to NE because of that one in a million David Tyree catch.

    No Malcolm Butler and Brady remains ringless since spygate as well as Revis.

  42. vancouversportsbro says:
    Feb 20, 2015 6:25 PM

    Seattle ain’t mad.

    We are all celebrating the repeat here because we know we won. Haha.
    ____________________________________

    Hahahaha…

    what? oh, no. We’re not laughing with you. We’re laughing AT you!

  43. seatownballers says:
    Feb 20, 2015 5:27 PM
    They beat us straight up. Congrats. I pray for a rematch
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    It was a helluva game. The Mathews matchup on Arrington was a great wrinkle.

    It was as hard fought as I thought it would be. One of those games where it would be a heartbreaker to lose for either side.

    Great season for the ‘Hawks. The NFC title is nothing to sneeze at.

    Good luck in 2015,

  44. Our Sun will be a cold dark ember, eons before NE fans dismount. That being said most fans are insufferable after being awarded a championship. It’s genetic, some call it destiny, some call it luck, some may even call it genius when hard work and preparation meet opportunity. It’s all a matter of perspective and when your so invested in particular outcome, your perspective is quite parochial.

  45. vancouverSportsbra says:
    Feb 20, 2015 4:02 PM
    We all know the Seahawks really won.

    Had the Seahawks been healthy on defense, the game would have not even been close.
    ______________________________
    The stages of grief after your beloved team lost the SB by VancouverSportsBra:

    Week 1: Rage
    Week 2: Sadness
    Week 3 (this week): Total denial
    Week 4 (next week) Screaming at your Richard Sherman FatHead wall decal

  46. The Seahawks have a great team and should bounce back. One thing they have to watch out for with Carroll is that he’s not that strong of a personality, with little control over his team. If subtle whispers and questioning him internally take hold, where it never used to, it can implode a team.

    Confidence is a fragile thing–it’s easy for a thing like this to disrupt juju if you let it.

  47. vancouversportsbro:
    Feb 20, 2015 6:25 PM

    Seattle ain’t mad.

    We are all celebrating the repeat here because we know we won. Haha.

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    HAHA!! Yeah, right. I’m sure that’s what’s going on up there. Oh man that’s funny.

    Been a tough few years for you. The Bruins upset your heavily favored frauds for the Cup then the Pats rip your heart out with a 4th QTR comeback and unthinkable INT at the goal line.

    Give it time, bro. Time heals all wounds!

  48. vancouversportsbro says:
    Feb 20, 2015 6:25 PM
    Seattle ain’t mad.

    We are all celebrating the repeat here because we know we won. Haha.

    COOL STORY BRO.

    DO YOU THINK THE WORLD CHAMPION PATRIOTS SHOULD SHINE THEIR 4 LOMBARDIS EVERY DAY OR EVERY OTHER DAY? HMM…IT IS HARD TO DECIDE. I THINK THEY SHOULD DO IT EVERY DAY. WHAT DO YOU THINK? DISCUSS.

  49. The funny thing is the same fans calling this the worst play call ever would have called Carroll a genius had it worked. Criticizing the play call is a lazy knee jerk reaction that looks at nothing more than the result. The reality is that in football good play calls fail often and you cannot judge a play call by result alone. There are too many other factors that have to be looked at.

    You had 8 defenders in the box and man to man matchups on the outside. Needing just one yard a quick hit slant play is a good play call. Especially with the clock running down to 20 seconds and only one timeout

    It took Lockette running weak to the ball and waiting for it to come to his body instead of getting his hands out to it AND on the other side it took a great jam from Browner and a great break on the route from Butler. And as we heard Josh Boyce beat Butler on that play in practice all week, with Garappolo throwing it. If lockette reaches out to that football at the worst it falls incomplete. Bevell was wrong to call Lockette out on that after the loss, but he was right about Lockette’s performance on that play. It was lacking.

    In other words it took a perfect defensive play from the Pats combined with a miscue from Lockette for that to result in a pick.

    Belichick is right, the people criticizing Carroll aren’t anywhere near qualified enough to do so. Belichick also says all the time that the players have to execute. All the coaches can do is prepare them and put them in a position to make plays. The players either make them or they don’t and the game comes down to who makes the plays.

    Both Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick have been doing a damn good job preparing their teams and putting their guys in position to make plays.

    SB 49 wan’t determined by a bad play call. It was determined by one team executing a key play late in the game perfectly while a receiver on the other team was just a little bit off on his execution.

    Now, if you want to look at something that you could hang on Pete Carroll it’s the fact that they only had 1 timeout left. After the miracle catch on the batted ball the seahawks should have been flying down the field and calling a play as the got downfield or just got up there and clocked the ball.

    3 plays from the 7 with 2 timeouts is preferable to 4 plays with 1 timeout. Leaves you more options for playcalls, including the opportunity to move Wilson out of the pocket where he is at his best.

  50. I agree with most everything that you say, bushwoodcc. Fantastic points.

    The only difference I have is that when you call a play where the outcome COULD be an interception (even if highly improbable), you needed to call something else.

    One of the main reasons that Brady has had good TD/interception ratios his whole career is he puts the ball (usually) where either the receiver gets it, or the ground gets it. That play was too risky for the situation and was unnecessary.

  51. I still can’t believe that there are morons out there who still say it was the “right call under the circumstances”. It was the dumbest call in any sport of all time, period.

  52. rupp246 says:
    Feb 21, 2015 11:47 AM

    I still can’t believe that there are morons out there who still say it was the “right call under the circumstances”. It was the dumbest call in any sport of all time, period
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    As Belichick said, those criticizing the call are nowhere near qualified to do so.

    Had Lockette gone strong to the ball, or had Kearse executed the pick, and that scores a TD the same people criticizing the call would have called Carroll a genius for going pass when everyone thought run.

    I’ll also take BB’s opinion over the opinions of those blasting Carroll.

  53. ikeclanton says:
    Feb 20, 2015 9:38 PM

    I agree with most everything that you say, bushwoodcc. Fantastic points.

    The only difference I have is that when you call a play where the outcome COULD be an interception (even if highly improbable), you needed to call something else.

    One of the main reasons that Brady has had good TD/interception ratios his whole career is he puts the ball (usually) where either the receiver gets it, or the ground gets it. That play was too risky for the situation and was unnecessary.
    __________________________

    the quickslant in man coverage is one of the safest plays in that spot.

    RB’s actually fumble from the one more often than passes from the 1 are picked. roughly 70 passes from the 1 yard line in 2014, and of all of those Wilson’s was the only one picked.

  54. The Patriots won the Super Bowl behind the greatest quarterback to ever play the game, Tom Brady. All NFL fans should be thankful they have gotten to witness the greatest NFL player of all time. No one was better before him, no one will be better after him, he is the kind of player you tell your children that you were lucky enough to watch a stud like Tom Brady.

  55. the game came down to four things

    1- the patriots holding wilson to just 10 completions before his last drive

    2 – one of the luckiest grabs in SB history to even get inside the patriots 10 yard line

    3 – allowing the patriots to score two TDs on their last two drives of the game

    4 – the patriots defenders being more physical then the seattle WRs on the wilson int. The outside corner did a better job at jamming then the outside WR in releasing and the inside corner got to the ball quicker then the slot WR.

    that’s it, game over. if you don’t like it, tough. get ready for next year

  56. One point you don’t often hear about that play… Had the pick worked as designed, it very well could have been called offensive PI. The fact that it didn’t work enabled Butler to be in the right spot.
    Agree that the average shmuck is not qualified to critique that play call but I have a hard time giving the benefit of the doubt to a coach for calling a play that succeeds only if the ref isn’t strict on OPI. And if any of the Pats pass defenders get knocked on their ass on that play, you know it’ll be called!

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