Pete Carroll was being dutiful, saying the blame for the Seahawks’ collapse at Cincinnati and fall to 2-3 “starts with me.”
That just means, basically, that he’s the first person to not understand what’s wrong with them right now.
To say they allowed the Bengals to come back from a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win in overtime undersells the work Andy Dalton and the men in orange did, but the Seahawks’ falling apart was memorable.
“I’m baffled a little bit,’’ Carroll said, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.
So are a lot of people, after they blew the biggest lead of his six years in charge, and for the third time this season let a fourth-quarter lead slip away.
“Look, we’re not anywhere like we are dead and gone,’’ Carroll said. “We don’t feel like that at all. We’ve just got some things we have to get fixed up, and I think we can.
“These guys are forthright, and they are strong individuals, and they will hang together, and they will work to get it done. The baffling part is that we played so well for three quarters.’’
They did that, but then went flat on both sides. Their offense punted on their last six possessions, gaining just 53 yards on their final 25 plays. At the same time, the vaunted Seahawks defense allowed 203 yards in the fourth quarter and overtime.
“It’s very, very tough,’’ safety Earl Thomas said. “Especially when you lead a game, you kind of scratch your head like, ‘What just happened?’ ”
They’re not the only ones wondering that right now.