Pete Carroll: Leaping ban clips didn’t show how “pretty” it could be

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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll thought the way his guys did it, the right way, made it one of the beautiful plays in football.

But when he saw everyone else attempting it, even he got to the point where he couldn’t vote against the league’s ban on leaping over the line of scrimmage to try to block kicks.

The video clips the league showed during the discussion did not include Kam Chancellor or Bobby Wagner, but had plenty of evidence of the play ending up the wrong way.

“Well, the examples that they showed us were the really bad examples,” Carroll said, via Sheil Kapadia of “They didn’t show the examples of how pretty it is when a guy leaps over with great body control and makes the play and all. Guys were landing on their head and falling all over each other. It was a mess when we looked at it, so I couldn’t vote against it the way it was going because they really did have examples that looked dangerous.

“It didn’t look like what we looked like at all. I was kind of disappointed they didn’t show our clips, but I understand why they didn’t. It wouldn’t have sent the kind of message they were trying to get done.”

The vote was unanimous, and came to the competition committee with a hearty endorsement from the NFLPA, which viewed it as a player-safety decision. But Carroll thinks the fact other people weren’t as good at it as his guys doomed the issue.

“We were really good at it,” Carroll said. “We were the good example of it, and unfortunately we’re not going to be able to utilize that. It was really just an opportunity to accentuate some of the special qualities of some of our guys, and Kam and Bobby were phenomenal at it.

“When you look at the examples that the league showed us in the meetings of guys landing on their heads and falling on each other and the mistimed stuff, I couldn’t vote the other side of it because guys looked like they were going to get whipped out the way it was going. Ours didn’t look like that all, but they didn’t show our examples. They just went to kind of the dark side of what was happening with that. It’s too bad.”

While no one can question the athleticism Chancellor and Wagner showed while blocking kicks that way, it’s also hard to argue for the rule based on one team’s success. And that’s ultimately why even the Seahawks realized they couldn’t continue.

12 responses to “Pete Carroll: Leaping ban clips didn’t show how “pretty” it could be

  1. Since when does an 9/11 truther require evidence of anything? He’s a kook and will believe anything he wants to believe, regardless of facts and videos.

  2. when one team or a small group of teams is “good” at something, the rest of the league will bond together and ban it instead of working on it and getting it right…..parity in the NFL these days….

  3. They didn’t show the clip of Wagner launching himself on his teammate to propel himself into the kicker’s FG attempt? Seriously though, what does Seattle have to complain about after the year they had? They were a different team week in and week out

  4. I’m wondering who exactly they showed in those clips. If the Seahawks did it and weren’t shown. The other team I’ve seen do this was the Pats, and they also did it really well – well enough that I’m scratching my head trying to see what the problem is.
    I could see it being dangerous when it goes wrong, but can’t recall any examples.

  5. According to Pats fans, their team is the only team that ever did this. So either Pete is lying or the Pats homers are a little too full of themselves.

  6. The risk/reward ratio is no better or worse than any other play being called, so get ready to ban everything.

    This stems from the fact that Wagner blocked the Cards’ attempt, which stuck in Arians’ craw, so he brought it up with the Competition Committee. Jeff Fisher used to do similar things when he was on it.

  7. How come no one was doing this on regular snaps too? Wouldnt the same idea work? You jump the center just as he snaps it. Do it on a regular down too!

  8. I agree with Pete – when it works it is a thing of beauty. I personally think the Ravens and John Harbaugh had a lot to do with this rule change. Shea McClellin did it to them in week 14 when the Patriots were fighting for home field advantage. The play fooled the Ravens and changed the momentum of the game, similar to when Belichick crossed them up with the tackle eligible plays a year before.

  9. Ummmm in case you didn’t know those 9/11 truther’s get more scientific evidence as time goes on. I think they are looking more logical than the blind believers.

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