Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is still dealing with the fallout of what many consider to be the worst play of all time in Super Bowl XLIX.
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told media that he did not plan to run the ball with Marshawn Lynch on their fateful last play of Super Bowl XLIX.
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With the ball on the one yard line with 0:26 remaining on the clock, Carroll and Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell decided to take the ball out of the hands of All-Pro RB Marshawn Lynch and let QB Russell Wilson attempt an inside slant pass to receiver Ricardo Lockette – a pass that was promptly picked off by Patriots DB Malcolm Butler to seal the 28-24 win for New England.
The playcall was immediately thrown into question and serious concerns as to why Carroll and Bevell put the ball in Wilson’s hands for the fateful play as opposed to Marshawn Lynch – who had been having a great game up to that point.
Carroll told ESPN.com that it was never in the plan for Lynch to get the ball on the one-yard line in that situation.
“There’s no reservation in (the call), and don’t make it out like there is,” Carroll said in the interview.
“First off, Darrell is an incredible playcaller. He’s done a fantastic job. We are so lucky to have him. He has been absolutely instrumental in what we have done. He is an awesome guy on our staff and crucially important to our future, as well.
“And let me say this, too. We don’t ever call a play thinking we might throw an interception. I don’t ever think that, just like (the pass to Chris Matthews) with six seconds to go in the (first) half. We go with what we know.
“There was not a thought in my mind that we would make a mistake on [the interception] play. It was a tremendous play by the guy on the other side.”
While the play call may not have been as harshly critiqued had the play been successful and gone for a TD, many media people have stated that the formation the Seahawks were using – going spread instead of going into a running formation – was itself highly questionable and worthy of the criticism, regardless of the outcome.