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Pete Carroll takes censure for Seahawks’ disaster to run Marshawn Lynch

So does Russell Wilson. And descent coordinator Darrell Bevell.



USA TODAY Sports researcher Tom Pelissero examines how a Seahawks can regroup subsequent season.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — In a tender moments after a Seattle Seahawks’ abrasive 28-24 Super Bowl XLIX detriment to a New England Patriots, Pete Carroll told Russell Wilson that a quarterback’s game-sealing interception on second-and-goal from a Patriots half-yard line was a coach’s fault.

Why Carroll didn’t call for a handoff to Marshawn Lynch, who finished with 102 yards and averaged 4.3 yards per carry, will haunt a Seahawks and their fans forever.

Instead, Wilson threw a pass commanded for receiver Ricardo Lockette that rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler intercepted to secure a Patriots’ initial Super Bowl pretension in 10 years.

“The summary from manager Carroll was he took a censure for it,” Wilson said. “That wasn’t his fault. we put a censure on me for not creation that play. I’m a one who threw it. … we suspicion it was going to be a touchdown.

“I don’t doubt a call. we suspicion it was a good call.”

Former Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner, now a Patriot disagreed.

“These coaches are so smart, they out-strategize themselves,” Browner told USA TODAY Sports, wondering what encouraged Carroll — and coordinator Darrell Bevell — to make a call that backfired so badly.

“He’s got a same spin of comprehension as Bill (Belichick), though we consider he only duped himself,” Browner pronounced of Carroll. “You know what we mean? You’ve got a best behind in a game. Why don’t we only spin around and palm him a ball? But sometimes, coaches outsmart themselves.”

Bevell also supposed his share of a blame.

“Yes, we finished a call,” he pronounced of Seattle’s final descent play. “The man finished a good play.”

The now-dethroned Seahawks stood staid on a fork of kicking down a dynasty doorway that has been barred given a Patriots final won uninterrupted titles in 2003 and 2004.

Carroll pronounced a call for a discerning point to Lockette was commanded by a Patriots deploying their run-stuffing package.

“We were going to run a round to win a diversion — only not on that play,” Carroll said. “They had sent in their goal-line people. They had guys on a line of scrimmage. So we suspicion we’d widespread them out with 3 wides. … We had 3 downs and we had a timeout.

“This one didn’t work out for us. In retrospect, we could have run it.”

Patriots owners Robert Kraft, Carroll’s former employer, was asked about a play call on NFL Network after a game.

After a slight pause, a smiling Kraft answered: “I’m really happy.”

The Seahawks know they picked a misfortune probable time to go “Least Mode” when they should have leaned on their descent linchpin.

At a finish of a dynasty-crushing night, Lynch was gone, off into a night, disintegrating from a locker room before many of his teammates had even peeled off their cleats. Lynch threw on a persperate suit, assimilated a tiny organisation of friends and soon left a building, pulling a integrate of camera lenses out of his face and streamer transparent of a stage of defeat.

All a while, he laughed and joked, responding to each criticism from his pals with a crow while, as ever, a puzzling using behind abandoned media questions.

But there was no partial of this he found to be funny. Lynch was finished with this Super Bowl, branch his behind one some-more time and creation tracks, marching as always to his possess tune.

“Unfortunately, it was genuine tough luck,” Carroll said. “There’s no other approach to demeanour during it right now.”

Carroll told his players afterward, “They’re a good team. They were on a hill of winning another one.”

Cornerback Richard Sherman spoke for an injury-depleted delegate that mislaid nickelback Jeremy Lane to a damaged left arm after his first-quarter idea line interception. Later, defensive finish Cliff Avril went down with a third-quarter concussion.

“It’s tough to repeat,” Sherman said. “But it’s doable. we don’t consider it had anything to do with how tough it is to repeat.

“The man (Butler) finished a play of a lifetime.”

It’s one a Seahawks will certainly remember for a rest of their lives.

“Unfortunately, we have to live with this,” pronounced Carroll.

And it might take another Lombardi Trophy down a line for a Seahawks to live that call down.

Contributing: Martin Rogers, Brent Schrotenboer


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