Pete Carroll: Myles Garrett incident was “really horrific”

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As Browns defensive end Myles Garrett waits for the final verdict for hitting Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph over the head with his own helmet, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has given his own assessment of the matter.

“I thought it was a really horrific situation,” Carroll told reporters on Wednesday. “Could’ve been very, very dangerous and all that. The league dealt with it like they should, I guess. I don’t know much of the details. I don’t know how they’re looking at all of the guys involved. I have not paid that much attention to it other than just the demonstration of it was really horrific. We just can’t have stuff happen like that in our game. No sport should look like that at any time.”

He’s right, and that’s why the end result needs to be a significant suspension — in order to ensure that no other NFL player will ever engage in similar behavior in the future.

This time, Garrett, Rudolph, and the NFL got lucky; Rudolph was fine. Next time, the person doing the hitting, the person taking the hit, and the game may not be so lucky. The NFL needs to ensure that there won’t be a next time.

48 responses to “Pete Carroll: Myles Garrett incident was “really horrific”

  1. Lost in all this mess is DeCastro showing incredible restraint in trying to break up the fight and using the least amount of force needed to keep Myles on the ground. He could have ended Garrett immediately but chose to fall ontop of him. Garrett is lucky because Decastro not only cushioned him against the majority of Pounceys blows

  2. I could not agree more. I think Garrett should get a 10 game suspension. A message needs to be sent through out the entire leguage that this type of dangerous behavior will not be tolerated. I get Garrett is demonstrating remosre but I still have seen any indication that he realizes just how serious this could have been and how lucky he is that no permenant damage was done to Rudolph.

  3. I know it wasn’t good and was a bad look, but am I the only one that thinks this is all little too dramatic ?

  4. Anything short of a lifetime ban is a joke. This was assault with attempt to injure, plain and simple. Striking another player in the head after removing that player’s helmet is never acceptable, and can never happen again. Ban him for life, period.

  5. It is unfortunate that the author seems to ignore the events that led to the final act by Myles. That is bad reporting and drastically skewing facts. While Myles was wrong, the actions by Rudolf and Pouncey are not being mentioned at all.

  6. thegreatgabbert says:
    November 20, 2019 at 7:38 pm
    That set the NFL back 20 years in terms of public perception. Garrett did serious damage to the brand.

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    Average fan will forget about it at the next kickoff. Albert Haynesworrth spiked a guy in the face causing 20+ stitches.. NFL will be fine.

  7. Rudolph was grabbing at Garrett’s helmet and trying to kick him. Garret committed assault with a deadly weapon but in my opinion Rudolph deserved some sort of punishment for his actions as well. He is the only one who didn’t get suspended. However,he wasnt completely innocent either.

  8. Everyone seems to be overlooking the fact that this has happened before. There is an actual rule about this very instance. The penalty outlined is outdated, but this isn’t the first time.

  9. Sadly, NFL can’t ensure it won’t happen again. Human nature, tempers and a very physical game. Glad it is something I haven’t seen in my lifetime of watching the game and hope I never do again. Glad the punishment was swift.

  10. I have no dog in the hunt, but I think that Rudolph is getting off Easy!!..First he tries to pull off Garrett’s helmet, then kicks him in his junk, then follows along trying to get at Garrett. If Rudolph could have controlled himself, maybe Garrett would have too…

    Go Hawks!

  11. Although I have never liked the Pouncey twins, or their “Free Hernandez” hats, I do have new respect for the one’s attempt at Curb Stomping Garrett…he does have loyalty…

    Go Hawks!

  12. Lifetime ban! Bad for Garrett but sets the tone for other players. All joking aside, had that helmet been turned just a little this way or that it could have killed Rudolph.

  13. Anything short of a lifetime ban is a joke.
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    Let’s not go all snowflake drama queen. A 10 game suspension would be an uncomfortable minimum – the act probably merits a full year. That would make it 16 games, the equivalent of a full season.

  14. No matter how long Garret gets suspended for humans are humans and theyre gonna snap from time to time. Especially when playing a dirty team like the Steelers.

  15. My wife gets all upset with Rudolf when watching the video and thinks he is majorly at fault but as an ex player all I see is Myles clubbing Mason in the head, compressing his neck it hits so hard.

    Guys lose their cool and scrap all the time. What Garrett did was something else. He literally tried to kill the guy with his own helmet.

    If he had just wrenched off the helmet and laughed and dropped it this would all be completely different.

  16. Because 10 years from now, when a fight breaks out during a game, a player, while in the heat of the moment, is going to think to themaelves: “I want to hit this guy in the head with a helmet, but remember when Myles got 16 games instead of 4? I better not do that.”

    Punishments can’t deter heat of the moment actions.

  17. nflbob says:
    November 20, 2019 at 8:32 pm
    It is unfortunate that the author seems to ignore the events that led to the final act by Myles. That is bad reporting and drastically skewing facts. While Myles was wrong, the actions by Rudolf and Pouncey are not being mentioned at all.
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    Maybe thats because we see fights quite often in NFL games….what we dont typically see is what Garret did and your childlike “he hit me first” defense is exactly that, childlike…

  18. IT is a game that is highly aggressive in nature to start with. Although what he did was wrong, it’s happened before and it will happen again. It’s the heat of the moment. You are asking men to be aggressive then be able to turn it off at the flip of a switch. If you’ve never played organized football you will never understand the feelings and things that happen during a game. What he did was wrong but the entire thing was wrong from the start….not just what he did. 1 game suspension….it’s what happened in the past and there is no need to change it now. The NFL is trying to come across as the moral voice but if you believe that you’re not smart either. It’s just trying to protect it’s own billions.. they don’t care about you or the players… these are rich men folks…… that’s all they are protecting.

  19. He got suspended. Enough with the brand is damage BS. Carroll must have forgot what he did to USC….

  20. cincinnatikid13 says:
    November 21, 2019 at 7:45 am
    Because 10 years from now, when a fight breaks out during a game, a player, while in the heat of the moment, is going to think to themaelves: “I want to hit this guy in the head with a helmet, but remember when Myles got 16 games instead of 4? I better not do that.”

    Punishments can’t deter heat of the moment actions.

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    They could if the NFL simply banned Garrett for life.

    Players need to realize that playing in the NFL, like any job, is a privilege not a right.

  21. Man. I was just wondering, “What does Pete Carroll think about all this.”

    Best part is even Pete says he has barely paid any attention to this.

  22. What Garrett did was awful. I will also add that Pittsburgh is a dirty team that is good at instigating conflicts with other teams. Remember Joey Porter – an assistant coach who had no reason to be on the field – baiting Pacman Jones in that playoff game?

    It worked.

    On another note: a few years ago in a playoff game Aquib Talib “tackled” a receiver by swinging him by the facemask with both hands. I believe it was when he was with Denver, and I can’t recall who they were playing.

    THAT was at least as dangerous as what Garrett did. Talib got a 15 yard personal foul, but nothing else. This past weekend a receiver was injured when a defender speared him in the back of the neck as he was falling to the ground (sorry, it was on Redzone, can’t recall the teams) – THAT was at least as dangerous as what Garrett did.

    Guys do stupid, dangerous things all the time in the course of the game. I’m not condoning what Garrett did. Suspend him the rest of the year and fine him and the team.

  23. cincinnatikid13 says:
    November 21, 2019 at 7:45 am
    Because 10 years from now, when a fight breaks out during a game, a player, while in the heat of the moment, is going to think to themaelves: “I want to hit this guy in the head with a helmet, but remember when Myles got 16 games instead of 4? I better not do that.”

    Punishments can’t deter heat of the moment actions.

    Actually punishments are designed specifically to change a undesirable behavior. That is the exact basis of a punishment. Whether planned or spontaneous. In thinking with this frame of mind there is no rule of law anywhere. Statement is completely counterintuitive.

  24. Football is a violent sport and with all the medical science revelations the sport is rapidly losing its luster. Trying to regulate a sport played by large men wearing protective gear that thrive on bullying, trash talk, anger and intimation is not sustainable. Eventually the human side will take over. To add to the chaos, the constant drama of bad officiating, unfair penalties and the league openly showing biases towards players and teams is only hurting the brand further.

  25. Pete Carroll is a Truther. That should tell you all you need to know about him and his opinions.

    I think we are all waiting on where Mr. Moral Compass, Tony Dungy, stands on this.

  26. Plastic Pete calling the Myles Garrett incident “really horrific”?

    That’s comedy gold. Only one team in Super Bowl history ended the game in a nasty brawl, one in which the only player in Super Bowl history was ejected from the game.

    Your Final Jeopardy question: Who was the Head Coach of that Seattle team?

  27. Hey! Lets get Pete Carroll’s opinion on this. We have already heard from James Harrison, so why not? Guy would do anything for a piece of gum. Bet you he’d pick up Garrett for a 1st rounder next year if given the chance.

  28. zonkerharris213 says:
    November 21, 2019 at 10:24 am
    Plastic Pete calling the Myles Garrett incident “really horrific”?

    That’s comedy gold. Only one team in Super Bowl history ended the game in a nasty brawl, one in which the only player in Super Bowl history was ejected from the game.

    Your Final Jeopardy question: Who was the Head Coach of that Seattle team?

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    Bingo! Pete Carroll preaching about this topic is like Antonio Brown teaching an English class

  29. Maybe punishment can’t deter heat of the moment actions but you can believe losing the money will. Garrett has been getting stupid personal fouls this season…including punching Delanie Walker. I bet now that he’s facing losing ~$1.2M will make him think twice about being a knucklehead any more. He’s going to probably get suspended for anything from now on and like Burfict, he’s in that position because of his actions.

  30. zonkerharris213 says:
    November 21, 2019 at 10:24 am
    Plastic Pete calling the Myles Garrett incident “really horrific”?

    That’s comedy gold. Only one team in Super Bowl history ended the game in a nasty brawl, one in which the only player in Super Bowl history was ejected from the game.

    Your Final Jeopardy question: Who was the Head Coach of that Seattle team?
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    This is idiotic at best.

    Yes…I’m sure Pete orchestrated Michael Bennett and co. losing their cool at the end of a game they were about to lost in a historically painful fashion.

    And beyond that…THAT was somehow worse than what Garrett did? To the point where Carroll can’t even speak on it?

    Yikes.

  31. What was really “horrific” was Petes play call in the Super Bowl……..the dumbest call of all times…….just worry about your team

  32. I am sure Pete Carroll did not call a press conference to announce his opinion. Why is he being asked about this? For me, it was shocking… my jaw dropped, I shook my head and said ‘I can’t believe this is happening’ then I moved on.

    Why are reporters still asking people their opinions on this and what do you think they are going to say that is different from what everyone else has to say?

  33. Why are reporters still asking people their opinions on this and what do you think they are going to say that is different from what everyone else has to say?

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    I know, right? Picture this: Some snot nose snowflake reporter asks BB and he responds,
    “Yeah dude, it was way cool. I dvr’d it ya know. Yeah, plus I had the NFL game films we always get ya know. So I made a big bowl of popcorn, grabbed a six-pack and just watched it for a few hours from every angle. It was great. Next question.”

  34. Does anybody really care what Pete Carroll has to say about this?…!!!
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    It would appear you do. Not that I’m sayin you’re anybody or anything so don’t go getting all but hurt.

  35. Lost in all of this is the real question – why was Pete Carroll, who had nothing to do with the game and admitted he hasn’t even been paying attention to this issue, asked about this and why would anyone care about his opinion on it. There’s a hundred people more relevant to be asking about this. I only came into this article to specifically ask this. And now I must away!

  36. Barrett deserves to and will be suspended for a very long time, but this is not something you can police. The idea that if Garrett only got 2 games, or something minuscule, other players would think it’s OK to attack someone with a helmet is absurd.

    This was a “heat of the moment” situation, much like when Haynesworth stomped on that dude’s head and Suh kicked someone in the groin. When guys do these things in an instant, they aren’t thinking rationally and they aren’t thinking about punishment.

    So yeah, the NFL does need to suspend Garrett for a long time, but to tie that into “ensuring there won’t be a next time” is an absolutely ridiculous thing to say or think.

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