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Pete Carroll Explanation for Final Play of Super Bowl XLIX: Not Particularly Satisfying (Video)
Everyone’s been blasting Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll for not handing the ball to Marshawn Lynch on 2nd and goal from the 1-yard line with half a minute to play in Super Bowl XLIX. Blasting him on Twitter. Blasting him on blogs. Blasting him on TV. Just blasting him in every way possible.
But if we’re going to give the guy that much heat, we might as well listen to what he has to say, right? So here, in case you were curious, is the official Pete Carroll explanation for why the Seahawks didn’t go full Beast Mode:
There you have it. Pete Carroll and the Seahawks didn’t want to run Marshawn Lynch against the Patriots goal line group on second down. They wanted to try to exploit them with three wide receivers first and, if that didn’t work, use a timeout and go with Lynch on the third and fourth down so as to leave no time for the Patriots to mount a comeback.
Pete Carroll was definitely right about one thing. That Malcolm Butler interception was freaking ridiculous. Just look and what Russell Wilson saw on that play:
If Butler doesn’t read that situation perfectly AND make an incredible physical play, the Seahawks win Super Bowl XLIX.
Of course, Butler made the play. And Marshawn Lynch just happens to be the most powerful running back in the game with more yards after contact than anybody in the NFL. Ask any coach in the league who they want running the ball on 2nd and goal from the one with the Super Bowl on the line, they’ll tell you Beast Mode.
So sorry, Pete. You picked the wrong time to get clever.