Carroll says sting of his Super Bowl play call will never go away

AP

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says he and quarterback Russell Wilson may never get over the last play call of the Super Bowl, when Wilson threw a game-sealing interception at the 1-yard line.

Carroll told NFL Network that he doesn’t think it’s possible to move past something like that.

“Those kinds of occurrences? They don’t go away. They don’t go away. You just put them somewhere so you can manage them properly. It’s back there,” Carroll said.

According to Carroll, that’s not necessarily a bad thing because it becomes motivation for this year.

“I’m fueled by it and I always have been and there’s a big part of me that doesn’t want to let it go. I want to make sure that I’m always with it, I always know what happened so I can learn from it,” Carroll said.

Carroll said Russell Wilson was devastated by the ending of the Super Bowl.

“He thinks of it every day. He told me that: Every day it comes to mind,” Carroll said. “The impact of these games are life long, one way or the other. I can only imagine what it was like to be the Buffalo Bills. I don’t know how that would have been for them. Not just once, but four times in a row, for years and years and years and years to have to deal with that. I can’t even fathom that and I’m not going to — that’s not going to happen. Russell has taken it extremely hard, just because of the competitor he is, and I would expect nothing less.”

The question now facing the Seahawks is whether the sting of the loss in the Super Bowl will motivate them to get better, or whether losing the Super Bowl will result in them taking a step backward. No team has won the Super Bowl the year after losing it since the Dolphins in Super Bowl VI and Super Bowl VII. Perhaps the Seahawks can do it.

122 responses to “Carroll says sting of his Super Bowl play call will never go away

  1. The players’ faith in him will never be restored. It’s only downhill from here.

  2. It was the worst play call in the history of football.

    Rah Rah Pete Carroll only made that call so Wilson could be the hero.

    They both know it.

    That’s why it stings so bad.

  3. Carroll didn’t make the call. He’s covering for Derrell Bevell, the idiot who did. Bevell cost the Seahawks 3 games last year. Unfortunately the Super Bowl was one of them.

    Wilson has nothing to hang his head about. He put the ball right where it was supposed to go on a timing play. The receiver just got interfered with and knocked out of the way.

    Maybe that’s why you shouldn’t have been throwing to the gunner on your special teams in such a big situation, huh Derrell?

  4. What a go to move …. At least we don’t feel like Buffalo! Come on Peet. At least he didn’t drop a wide right at the end.

  5. Worst thing for Wilson is to be obsessed with that play. It could cause him to become trigger shy.

    Worst thing for Carroll is that PEDs won’t fix this issue…

  6. It’s going to be a burning motivation for them like the 2012 playoff loss in Atlanta after the epic 4th quarter comeback. Agony, but galvanized them during the 2013 rampage to the Super Bowl. As an organization they remain proactive (trading for Jimmy Graham) and don’t rest on the laurels of their past success so you can count on another deep playoff run for sure. Especially since Santa Clara hired a janitor to be their head coach, lol!!!

  7. The window is closing. After Wilson hamstrings them with his contract, they will be in cap hell. Its fitting that the 2012th man and 1-2 in the superbowl go hand in hand. And before the Seattle fans get all riled up, just know that you’re the newest fanbase, and no one is going to take you seriously. But please, feel free to do your little rant.

  8. You know, I wish people would just shut up about this. It’s incredibly easy to second guess things. In the moment it wasn’t a bad play call, it was a great, great defensive play.

    If Butler doesn’t make that play then the Seahawks win, and Carroll is a genius for his gutsy play call.

    You can second guess ANY play that doesn’t work, but sometimes the defense wins. And just because the general public likes to mouth off with opinions based on no particular expertise or specialized knowledge doesn’t make them right. And all the NFL talking heads of course will take the safe route and criticize the call, rather than praise the defender who made an excellent play.

  9. Maybe it was a bad call, but no worse than the pass Wilson made. And how about it taking arguably the flukiest catch in SB history to even be in that situation in the first place? And then there was the Seahawks getting outplayed for 3 of 4 quarters and Wilson not even being able to get a first down until a little more than 5 minutes to go in second half that may have had something to do with it? The Seahawks got outplayed almost as badly as the Green Bay game and even got another miricle, only even that was not enough this time

  10. Well, if he runs the ball the Patriots lose their third Super Bowl. It should sting. Live and learn.

  11. Should have looked at the defense and thrown the ball on Lockette’s(are you kidding me-LOCKETTE?!?!??!) body instead of out in front.

  12. The best individuals in anything never do the safe thing. They take chances and sometimes lose. But that is part of what makes them truly great. These two men are great and will use the diversity stirred up to become even greater!

  13. There were 109 passes from the 1 yard line during the 2014 NFL season. Only one was intercepted. The Patriots have often thrown from that position . When Mike Vrabel was a LB /TE for the Patriots he caught ten TDs . Many were from the one . The play call was not bad. The execution was suspect.

    There’s no reason why Seattle should not be highly competitive next year. Many would agree that they have the most complete roster in the league.
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  14. I hear ya’, Pete. Most of the colossoly stupid things I’ve done in my life still sting too.

  15. Hope you enjoyed it Pete because your QB won’t be making minimum wage anymore. You will now be facing hurdles like most of the other teams dealing with the QB cap hits.

  16. Really Pete?!! You could have been back to back champs just run the ball score and make the Pats try to score and win with 23 seconds, hell there were only throwing 2-5 yard passes the whole game nothing deep so you know what would have been coming. But whatever

  17. The fact of the matter is that Pete has taken way too much blame for making a play call that was all too realistic. At least one pass play was to be thrown, as the clock would’ve been stopped on an incompletion, allowing them to save their timeouts.

    The bottom line is that it comes down to Russell. He spent the last year in front of a camera, basically bragging about literally WANTING to be in these situations, about how he wants the ball in his hands during big situations. Well, in the biggest situation of his career, he went out and laid an egg, but why is it you all want to let him off the hook for it?

    Example A: 2:02 left in the game, goal line pass to Edelman, result; TD

  18. According to Wilson, the question is whether God wants him to win another and when. It’s out of Petes hands.

  19. I felt the same way when Miami took a way SPURS win, you know the game where all the heats fans left early, well the feeling went away when SPURS won it all last year!!!

  20. Well, the Patriots appreciated the gift – all wrapped up nice and neat. The last thing they wanted to see was a hand-off of Marshawn Lynch.

  21. It’s become near impossible just to get back to the game. I don’t see it happening. it’s not impossible, but the Patriots also put a way to beat them on film. They won’t have the mystique they had. Their division is better. Carol and Wilson will have a little doublt creeping in at the wrong time.

    Patriots will struggle with the defensive losses and division improvements also.

    It will be tough for either team to get back there.

  22. To Pete Carroll:

    If the sting will never go away then you will never again have the winning mentality that you once had.

    Stop reading and listening to the Monday morning QB opinions from the media. The media makes a living from second guessing everything.

  23. It never should go away. It’s like The Alamo, The Maine, Pearl Harbor, and 9/11; minus all of the carnage.

    Tis also known as a “teaching moment”.

  24. The “sting” can fuel you to get back there like never before, or it can devastate you permanently and you become a footnote to history.

    Let’s see how the Seahawks react this year. Something tells me they will respond like fighters.

  25. It will never go away, because you were given a gift to be in position to win. You thought you would be cute and pass the ball. You know, the team knows, the city of Seattle knows, the NFL knows. Hand the ball off, twice if needed. You had the Super Bowl in your grasp. All the hard work, the long season, the epic come back with GB. All for naught Petey.

  26. This wasn’t some kind of “hey look what I found” kind of pick. The Pats read the play, they were prepared and they executed perfectly.

    Pete didn’t think he could run the ball three times so he was just trying to manage the clock the best he could.

    Not a gift to the Pats, not a choke by the Hawks, just an amazing end to a phenomenal Super Bowl.

  27. Well… Greenbay does play them at home so! We’re winning that game, taking 1st seed and taking care of business this time and winning another Superbowl. So good day

  28. To think an entire seasons work, the playoff wins, and the last drive.. all down the drain with one, single, unimaginable bone headed call.
    It will go down as the worst call in the history of all sports.

  29. I am a Seattle fan. (Have I lost you yet?)
    I love all the attention Seattle is getting, we didn’t have much at all after Largent’s retirement until Holmgren came to town.
    But shouldn’t there be more articles about the Patriots winning rather than Seattle losing?

  30. Pete…. Welcome to the club. Now you know how Bill Buckner felt in 1986. It took me 18 more years until I forgave him….. And completely forgotten in 2007. Your team was ahead by 10 and momemtum going your way except your Hawks blew it. That catch was a lucky fluke…. so you should not have been in position to have Wilson’s accurate pass to Butler to seal the deal. Then once the Pats had the ball, it was possible to get a Safety but your guys jumped offsides. With the safety, your team would have receive a Punt, with a great return, it’s a Field Goal and your team wins by 2 points……

  31. I bet that in a similar situation that Pete would call the same play. That’s how head coaches operate.

  32. One way off over coming it, is to acknowledge what a great defensive play it was by Butler, he could have batted it away, or dropped it.

  33. Just remember, the Seahawks did not “give the SB win to the Patriots”. The Patriots were already leading when the interception took place, and the score remained unchanged at the end of the game.

    You might be able to say “the Seahawks gave the Patriots their CHANCE to win the SB”, but the Seahwaks weren’t leading at that point, and the Seahawks failed to take the win away from the Patriots, which is why they lost.

  34. Good, he shouldn’t.
    Wilson should have been smart enough to audible a run play and hand it to Lynch.

  35. There was only one man capable of stopping Marshawn Lynch from scoring a TD there and he did. His name is Pete Carroll

  36. Being a Seahawks’ fan since their inception, I can only tell you that I’m much happier going to the SB and losing–than not to go there. All those seasons of mediocrity, 7-9, 8-8, 9-7….ugh! The Pete Carroll era is far and away the greatest thing to happen to the team. In Pete (and John) we trust!

  37. The bottom line is that a pass play in that situation was definitely tbe right call. But was that PARTICULAR pass play, middle of the field in traffic, the right call? Obviously not, but 99% of the time that play results in a TD or incomplete pass, but Browner got a great jam to disrupt the rub, and Butler made one of the best defensive plays in SB history. And it all started with Belichick having balls of steel and not calling time out. I’ve watched that play over and over, and it’s priceless seeing Carroll and Belichick staring each other down, Carroll waiting, praying that BB calls a time out, and then going into panic mode when he finally realizes that BB is NOT going to call time out. The rest is history. As a Pats fan I’m obviously biased, but that is probably the most intense, edge of your seat, exciting SBs I’ve seen, an instant classic, and probably one of the top 5 SBs ever.

  38. It was funny how Seahawks fans were chanting dynasty after winning one ring. To be a dynasty, you have to string titles together with some of the same support. If they are a dynasty, they would be the worst dynasty of all time. Win one ring, and you’re a dynasty? If that’s the case, then the New York Giants are a bigger dynasty than the Seahawks. Seahawks fans need to know the difference between dynasty and one hit wonder. I won’t call them the 12th man because the real 12th man is Tom Brady.

  39. That call didn’t lose the game.

    Injuries did.

    Even as the most injured team in the NFL, even with the entire D backfield hurt incl Lane lost, we had a 10 pt lead and Brady had a 25 QB rating until Avril went down – the fifth D lineman we lost.

  40. The Seahawks have a very good team. The real test will be to see if they can overcome a crushing loss. Us Pats fans feel your pain. A true team will rise above it.

  41. As a Patritos fan, I hate the Bills…..but man, that comment was brutal Pete

  42. The play should’ve never been called , and I will forever believe Carroll and Wilson fell on the sword for Bevel . I was at the game and with 5 minutes left I’m screaming at my buddy “Why are they still slinging the ball around the field – run the ball and eat the damn clock, that’s Tom Brady on the other sideline for God’s sakes !” . In other words , Bevel’s play calling was suspect the entire 2nd half , not just at the end .

    This in no way is meant to take away from the Patriots and the great plays they made . Brady sliced our vaunted secondary to shreds after the injuries and the kid made a great play to pick the ball at the end . The sad thing from a Seahawk perspective – other than losing the game obviously – is that no one remembers the amazing game Mathews had with over 100 yds receiving and one of the greatest catches in Superbowl history by Kearse .

    I believe I can say I watched one of the greatest Superbowls in history . Congrats to the Patriots – see you next year .

    Go Hawks !!

  43. A) Pete Carroll didn’t make that call, Derrell Bevel did.
    B) Wilson could not check out of that play.
    C) Wilson’s throw was perfect. The receiver just got held and didn’t get to the spot. That’s why you don’t call a play for the gunner on your special teams in that situation, Bevell.
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    bullcharger says:
    It’s become near impossible just to get back to the game. I don’t see it happening. it’s not impossible, but the Patriots also put a way to beat them on film. They won’t have the mystique they had. Their division is better. Carol and Wilson will have a little doublt creeping in at the wrong time.
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    Yes, the Patriots put a way to beat the Seahawks on film: Hope that they come into the game with 4 defensive starters on IR and then lose their #2 pass rusher and nickel corner during the game, then throw at the #6 and #7 DB’s all game, followed by the Seahawks shooting themselves in the foot on the goal line with the game all but won. That is the new blueprint.

  44. That Bills cheap shot was unwarranted, and I say that as a Pats fan. At least the Bills aren’t owners of the largest second half meltdown in SB history, Pete — your final bit of stupidity was just the cherry on top of your dismal performance. No adjustments, no answer to Brady, and finally “oh no!”

  45. bartpkelly says:
    Mar 23, 2015 8:41 AM
    I am a Seattle fan. (Have I lost you yet?)
    I love all the attention Seattle is getting, we didn’t have much at all after Largent’s retirement until Holmgren came to town.
    But shouldn’t there be more articles about the Patriots winning rather than Seattle losing?
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    You must be new around here. No one will ever give credit to the Pats. The only reason they havent gone 0-16 for the last 15 years is because Belichick and Brady cheat (eye roll). So it couldnt possibly be that “the Patriots made the play and won the game”, it has to be, “Seattle blew it and gave the game to the Patriots”… Just saying.

    To be honest, it wasnt a terrible call. If they try to run it on that play and dont get in, they have to use timeout, and then they are forced to throw on 3rd down, putting them in a bad spot because the Pats would know what was coming. They had to throw on 2nd down. It was poor execution by Seattle, and tremendous execution by the Patriots. Simple as that. Edelman scored the game winner on a 2nd down pass on the goal line 3 mins prior. So both New England and Seattle made the same call on 2nd and goal, to pass the ball. Difference was execution at both ends of the field. Edelman and Brady made a perfect play, Wilson and Lockette didnt

  46. The Seahawks are a brotherhood as much as they are a football team. Pete Carroll is responsible for this culture. That play and that loss means nothing. The Seahawks will turn this into several more championships. Pete knows it, and soon you will too. This is the beginning of a tremendous dynasty that will blow the top clear off NFL history. This team is built to always get better no matter what fate deals. Pete haters get ready for a steady diet of crow!

  47. At this point it no longer matters whether or not the play call was good or bad. It is a play that will haunt both Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll, but if I know anything, it will be motivation to learn from the mistake and get better. After all, they are both human and humans make mistakes. Both of those guys are competitors and the Seahawks are still in good hands.

    GO HAWKS!!!!

  48. I don’t think Pete was taking a shot at the Bills; it seemed more like empathy and perspective. In about 10 months, Pete will be running the Bills’ SB record to 0-5 and he will likely feel badly about that as well.

  49. Wilson choked. People can blame the OC, HC, or even Obama. He didn’t have to throw it, but he did. One of these days he’ll talk about it in a low key interview and say his throw was one of his biggest regrets, and that he could have just thrown it away/checked/ran.

  50. Edelman scored the game winner on a 2nd down pass on the goal line 3 mins prior. So both New England and Seattle made the same call on 2nd and goal, to pass the ball

    Pats weren’t inside the 1 yard line, don’t have Lynch, and didn’t calla slant(and Edelman got away with a blatant OPI on the stiffarm/shove coming out of his break)

  51. After the Giants game in 08 I was a mess just a puddle but ya know what got me threw it? It was watching the Celtics beat the lakers for there 17th championship … So good news Seattle fans maybe the supersonics can go on a run and ….. O… Ya… Sorry.

  52. It would never go away, It would hunt them every day i dont mike Carroll but i pitty the poor dumb man, if i dindt knew the “brilliant” master minds he and bevell are i knew the game was rigged.

  53. As much as everyone thinks running the ball would have been a guaranteed TD that’s not the case.

    Lynch ran from the 1 five times during the year and only scored once. The Pats had 8 men in the box, there was no guarantee he would have scored.

    The whole cause in the first place is that Belichick had balls of steel and instead of calling a timeout to give the Pats time for a drive if Seattle scored, he let the clock keep running and Carroll got confused and let it run way down.

    Not to mention the miracle catch that got them down to the goal line anyway. That was a once in 10,000 or more catch.

  54. “I’m sick of it….huddle up and run it again Brady!” -Coach Billy Belichick

  55. Again all hail Mr. Malcolm Butler. After all the turmoil in my great niner empire and the depression associated with it. This moment in history is immortalized on YouTube and I can watch a collection of people and region of the country and a team have its heart ripped out. Small children who are hawk fans are the greatest comical views. I despise that team and fans so much until I find pleasure in seeing their kids suffer from this play call. Again my niners may have a down season but knowing what happened in February is comforting in itself.

  56. seahawkboymike says:
    Mar 23, 2015 9:34 AM
    A) Pete Carroll didn’t make that call, Derrell Bevel did.
    B) Wilson could not check out of that play.
    C) Wilson’s throw was perfect. The receiver just got held and didn’t get to the spot. That’s why you don’t call a play for the gunner on your special teams in that situation, Bevell.
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    bullcharger says:
    It’s become near impossible just to get back to the game. I don’t see it happening. it’s not impossible, but the Patriots also put a way to beat them on film. They won’t have the mystique they had. Their division is better. Carol and Wilson will have a little doublt creeping in at the wrong time.
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    Yes, the Patriots put a way to beat the Seahawks on film: Hope that they come into the game with 4 defensive starters on IR and then lose their #2 pass rusher and nickel corner during the game, then throw at the #6 and #7 DB’s all game, followed by the Seahawks shooting themselves in the foot on the goal line with the game all but won. That is the new blueprint.
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    You left out the best part. Your wonderboy QB was picked off at the one yard line by an undrafted free agent from division II. Injuries are part of the game, next man up. Making excuses or stepping up and doing your job is the difference between winners and losers. Let’s see if Seattle learned a lesson from the masters.

  57. Personally I think wilson could get 1 yard almost every time while Lynch would get stopped more often than not against goal line defense.

    Secondly, run that pass play 100 times, it get intercepted once, that’s how freaky that play was.

    Infact, a fumble on a run was probably more likely than in int on that particular pass play. (this is supported by stats over the season,) That pass play was the perfect play to protect against an int.

    So, I believe it was way more bad execution than bad call..but the call could have been better.

    The call should not have been the handoff to Lynch though, naked bootleg by wilson scores almost every time

  58. The reason it doesn’t go away and the reason Carroll and Wilson will never forget it is because it cost their team a SUPER BOWL VICTORY!

    As a result the Seahawks are now 1 for 3 in Super Bowl appearances verses 2 for 3…at 2 for 3 they would have been among a small group of elite teams that has won more than 50% of their Super Bowl starts. At 1 for 3 they are among the also-rans….

    The fact is that both men may never again appear in a Super Bowl and in fact, the statistics say they are less likely to make it back to the Super Bowl than they are to NOT make it back. …Therefore, the decision has to rank as one of the most colossally bad play calls in NFL history!

    I have heard Carroll’s feeble attempt to rationalize the decision to pass the ball with a second and goal from the 20″ line and 26 seconds to play…and if he had anyone other than Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson in the backfield it might have made sense.

    But that was not the case….he DID have Lynch and Wilson in the backfield and BOTH of them posed a serious running threat; especially Lynch! If the Seahawks couldn’t score by running the ball from the 20″ line then they didn’t deserve to win. But to throw the ball while Lynch stood idly in the backfield is a decision on the order of stupidity that can NEVER be forgiven!

    As any serious football fan knows, when you throw the ball there are only three things that can happen and two of them are bad!

  59. The “they wanted to make Wilson the hero” conspiracy theories really need to stop. They ran Lynch on the previous play, and he nearly scored – why the hell would they have risked that if the plan was for Wilson to be the hero? That’s right – they wouldn’t have. Everyone that brings this theory up sounds like a complete idiot.

    To call a quick slant inside to where the whole damn patriot defense was sitting was the bad thing – not the idea of a pass itself. Hell, rolling Wilson out with the option of hitting a fade in the corner or running it in would have been a fine call and would have have been low risk/high success. The extreme inside slant was pretty risky by comparison.

    Bottom line though – give it up for Butler. Excellent play by him to read that call so perfectly.

  60. Lost in all of the hoopla about Carol’s call is the fact that Russell Wilson still went out there and threw an INT that sealed the game for the Patriots. Never before has someone been absolved of such a critical play in the history of the NFL.

  61. “…No team has won the Super Bowl the year after losing it since the Dolphins in Super Bowl VI and Super Bowl VII. Perhaps the Seahawks can do it.”

    So now folks are comparing Pete Carroll to Don Shula? You’re kidding me, right?

  62. He’s right. He’ll take that bonehead play call to his grave. No matter how he and others try to spin it, the call was the dumbest call in the history of football!

  63. Does that mean he’ll be committed, join the police force disguised as a woman and try to seek vengeance on Russell Wilson?

  64. The art of play-calling is NOT doing what the other team expects you to do. The box was stacked against Lynch, and Seattle didn’t have the right players in to try and bull it in from the .5 yard line.
    They had 30 seconds and one timeout left.

    A quick pass actually was a GREAT play call; statistically, it is usually either successful or a push, an incompletion.

    It failed in execution, for a number of reasons, primarily due to an EXCELLENT defensive tread by Butler who jumped the route and got to the ball simultaneously with Lockette, and managed to not just break up the pass, but hang on to the ball.

    For the haters out here, Wilson has already taken the hit for the pass by admitting that it was not where it should have been, that he led Lockette a little to much.

    Little being the operative word. If that ball had been even a foot closer to Lockette, it would have likely been a TD, or Butler would have had to commit PI to stop him.

    Might I also point out, if they had handed it off to Marshawn, and he had got stuffed at the line, or worse, fumbled the ball, you same people would have been screaming that Carroll pulled a bone head play, that everyone in the stadium knew they were going to run it.

    Must be sweet having all the answers. After the fact, of course.

    See you in the playoffs, boys and girls. At the very least.

  65. These comments are hilarious – I won’t go into the details again as they’re well documented but anyone that knows anything about clock management recognizes it was the right call – it was the execution that sucked.

    If Wilson sees the DB coming and throws at the receiver’s numbers instead of leading him? Touchdown.

    If the realizes the DB is coming and makes an actual effort at the ball?
    Touchdown

    There was nothing wrong with the play call – if you want to blame someone for the Seahawks for not winning, blame the players for just simply not being good enough.

  66. I’m not sure which Super Bowl most posters were watching. That was not a bad call, it was a great defensive play by the Pats. Hind sight is twenty twenty, but games are played in the moment. Pete and Russell should hold their heads high, they are both at the top of their profession. Go Hawks

  67. What is all the beef from Bills fans? How is what Pete said a “cheap shot” on Buffalo? He stated what actually happened as an example of things you never get over, but find a way to manage (mentally).

    Do we really have that many Hawk Haters in Buffalo? Or is it just PC winning a lot of games that is so upsetting.

    I offer you this Buffalo fans…

    Superb Owl 50 in Santa Clara – Seahawks vs. Bills!

  68. That is a good honest answer. He (or his coordinator) took a chance. A chance that lost. I hate Pete Carroll, but the play just didn’t work.

    Honestly, going for a TD and not the FG at the end of the first half I thought was a bigger deal and doesn’t get talked about at all. I would have never done that. But it worked for them. As a result, no one talks about that play.

  69. Leave it to a Niners fan to say RWs contract will “hamstring” us. Kinda like Kaepernick’s? Sorry but our big players are locked up long term and RW would rather win than hamstring the team with a contract. Hence, Baalke and York’s Nero decree burning that team to the ground. I’d rather a have a strong rivalry than see that happen to the Niners. Now with the addition of Jimmy Graham it’s making us more potent and probably prolonging Lynch’s career.

  70. The Seahawk window is closing. This Carroll confidence issue is only a distraction for the bigger disaster coming.

    Drew Brees and the Saints of today, are tomorrow’s Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. In cap hell, thanks to the QB and questionable cap decisions.

    The Jimmie Graham trophy has gone to the Seahawks. Congratulations on being the next lucky team to cap purgatory. (Please give Graham to a unlucky AFC in a couple of years.)

  71. If the Bills are going to exact their revenge by the Carroll comments in a Super Bowl matchup, it’s going to need a few years and a new QB for the Bills to get by the rest of the AFC iron to get there.

  72. The other thing Butler should be praised for is keeping hold of the ball. If he just knocks it down or drops it, Seattle is still at the one.

    It was a great read and play jump by Butler. It’s so easy to say Lynch would’ve scored, but no one knows that for sure.

  73. The play in Seahawk History. It was like did not want #24 to be the hero of the game. So they tried a 1 yard pass, that was peeped about by former seahawk player Browner.

    Some play calls, you do not get to call back. Bad time management. We wasted a needed time out. We let the Patriots back in the game. We need not prepare our Defense to not let up, when we got ahead.

    We had a miracle catch by #15, then we needed a #24 beastmode run, on second down.

  74. Pete, how does the Super Bowl ending smell?

    “Still pungent. It “stings” the nostrils…”

    They’ve done studies–60% of the time that play works, every time.

  75. I wonder what hurts worse-losing the chance to rePete and the immortality that goes with it, or being known for the worst call in ALL of sports history? Both are applicable, but which one crushes the soul worse?

  76. PC wasn’t taking a shot at the Bills. He actually felt bad for them. For Bills fans to get all indignant has more to do with the fact that franchise has been in bad shape this entire century. Even lousy franchises like the Browns, Raiders, and Lions have all made the playoffs in the new millenium.

    I do appreciate Pete’s honesty. He could have done what most coaches would do and that is whitewash the experience. Say it was over and forgotten. Pete did not do that. However, he is a great motivator and he will use that horrible experience to make the team better this year.

  77. “And it all started with Belichick having balls of steel and not calling time out.”

    Are you really that dense? BB made a horrible mistake. Only Butler’s remarkable play prevented him from being the goat. Duh!

  78. Lucky his team was even playing in the game to begin with. I guess now he knows how the Packers felt. Except for them it was a multitude of mistakes, not just one.

  79. The funny part will be watching teams stuff the run again and again on short & goal to go b/c of his misgivings when he has Jimmy Graham as an option.

  80. Can we all just agree that since PC took over an aging and sub .500 Seahawks team we’ve been the class of the NFL?

    If you can’t agree, you’re not paying attention.

  81. bartpkelly says: Mar 23, 2015 8:41 AM

    I am a Seattle fan. (Have I lost you yet?)
    I love all the attention Seattle is getting, we didn’t have much at all after Largent’s retirement until Holmgren came to town.
    But shouldn’t there be more articles about the Patriots winning rather than Seattle losing?

    Its almost April fool?! Your awful attempt at humor was pitiful…Patriots 28 Seahawks 24 just for you!

    Go Pats

  82. MAke fun of Buffalo all you want… We deserved it and trust me… We’ve heard it all so nothing you can say is anything more than regurgitated crap from over 20 years ago…we lost one game on a missed kick and back then, 46 yard field goals weren’t the gimmes that they are now.. Should we have made that kick, yep… The others were just blow outs. So get over it.. We did..

    That being said, Wilson is the 1st qb to lose a Super Bowl by throwing a pick

  83. Listen up Seattle Seahawk doubters…

    We in Seattle are darned proud of OUR team, the ONLY NFL team in over a decade to make it to back to back SB’s.

    Sure, winning the game on a Lynch TD with 23 seconds remaining would have been amazing. But the fact remains, that game done, while Seattle’s future looks very bright after the recent acquisition of one Jimmy Graham the offense is better already. Seattle now has the only TE in the league that has 51 TD’s since 2010….Sorry Pat’s fans…Gronk has 40 over the same period.

    Any game won in 2015 will be won in the present, not in the past. That 2014 is so in the past….PC gets that. Move on dot org.

  84. In reality, what’s worse? To have love and lost, or never to have loved at all?

    Substitute SB’d for love….as in, your team wasn’t in it, much less in back to back years with a solid chance to win it twice. There’s always a silver lining.

  85. Whine, whine, whine. It’s football, for crying out loud. The agony and the ecstasy. Only this time it was the ecstasy and then the agony. If you’re a real fan, you’ll experience both–sometimes for years in a row as teams rebuild, or never quite have the money for the big play makers. And then they get there–and sometimes they win and sometimes not. Sometimes a good play turns out bad and vice versa. It’s the game! Hopefully, rather than living in past seasons indefinitely, we move on and look forward to another year. And wow, big deal–we didn’t get a parade two years in a row. Waaaah. It was disappointing–heart breaking in that one glorious moment that ended so bad, but … wait… they were in the Super Bowel two years in a row. Wow! How great is that.
    Now, can we please let it go.

  86. to the people who thought it was a good play call;find another hobby because you know nothing about football;it was the worst call ever.

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