Pete Carroll stays positive as game-deciding field goal approaches

AP

Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein, who has made plenty of big kicks, missed a kick he should have made to win Thursday night’s game at Seattle. As he lined up to try the fateful 44-yarder, all Seahawks coach Pete Carroll could do was wait, watch, and hope.

“I have a thought,” Carroll told reporters after the 30-29 win regarding his mindset in that moment. “They’ve still got to snap it and they’ve got to put it down on the ground and kick it and it has to go through. There’s a lot of stuff that still has to happen. That’s exactly the source of the optimism.

”

Carroll has been there before, with much more riding on it.

“It reminds me [of] the time, I’ll never forget it, it was the Minnesota game, it was the clearest moment I ever had in that vein,” Carroll said, referring to a 2014 open-air wild-card game against the Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium. “It was windy and frozen and all the rest too, we had a lot of things going there. That’s basically what I’m thinking; I’m just holding a good thought as long as we can.”

In that game, former Vikings kicker Blair Walsh shanked a chip shot, ending Minnesota’s season and boosting Seattle to the divisional round. It also ruined Walsh, giving him a case of the yips that he never was able to cure.

Zuerlein, who along with Walsh became an instant success as a drafted rookie kicker in 2012, now has to worry about the same thing. That’s why coach Sean McVay isn’t stating the obvious regarding Zuerlein’s inability to satisfy the you-had-one-job aspect of his job. If last night’s miss sticks with Zuerlein, he may start missing more. And more.

7 responses to “Pete Carroll stays positive as game-deciding field goal approaches

  1. He’s got a big leg but he has issues in the 40-49 yard range..Also, I think he’s better from the left hash…I’m pretty sure he’ll be fine…Seattle had to have every bounce and every call at home and they know they should have lost…I’d be more concerned about them going forward…

  2. There’s no comparison between Zuerlein’s miss and Walsh’s miss. Zeurlein barely missed from 44 in a regular season game. Walsh shanked a 27-yard chip shot in a playoff game. If there had been another set of goalposts to the left of the regular goalposts, he probably would have missed those too. Zeurlein’s miss happens to every kicker multiple times if they play long enough. I don’t know if anyone has ever missed such a short kick in such a big situation as Walsh.

  3. McVay to Greg:

    Greg, I need you to be positive here. Don’t even think about Blair Walsh. Just keep telling yourself “Don’t even think about Blair Walsh.”

  4. The Seahawks could have put the game away either on offense or defense in the two series leading up to the missed FG, and they did neither. The most critical play on both drives was the Rams’ delay of game. The Seahawks failed to get a first down when they could have run out the clock, then failed to stop the Rams from getting into FG range.

    I know that the team with the most points wins, but it was hard to feel like the Seahawks earned it in the end.

  5. kjdoyle58 says:
    October 4, 2019 at 11:06 am
    He’s got a big leg but he has issues in the 40-49 yard range..Also, I think he’s better from the left hash…I’m pretty sure he’ll be fine…Seattle had to have every bounce and every call at home and they know they should have lost…I’d be more concerned about them going forward…
    =====================================

    There are obviously things Seattle needs to clean up without a doubt. The tackling, secondary, and coaching blunders {head scratching challenges, awful 3rd and short playcalls etc} continue to be head-scratching at times. But that all being said…they are sitting at 4-1 nonetheless.

    What it boils down to is this: as long as they have Russell Wilson they will never be out of the conversation.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!