Russell Wilson has come out of Super Bowl XLIX with his reputation damaged. One of the best players in the NFL at 'getting the job done' made one of the biggest errors in Super Bowl history.
Placed at the one-yard line with 26 seconds left in the game, the Seahawks decided to run a pass play rather than the expected run play, with the NFL's most powerful back Marshawn Lynch ready to punch it in.
However, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll told offensive coordinator Darren Bevell to run a pass play with one eye on the clock. As we know now, the rest is history following Malcolm Butler's interception of Wilson's slant pass.
Lockette should have done more
Carroll was the first to take responsibility for the error by saying that it was his decision to call the play, but Seattle's offensive coordinator Darren Bevell took the more interesting approach of laying blame at Ricardo Lockette's door for his mistake on the play.
Lockette was the intended receiver on the play, but the Patriots' Malcolm Butler undercut the route and shoulder barged Lockette out the way while simultaneously bringing in the game-winning interception.
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Seattle OC Bevell was obviously distraught post-game and he revealed his thoughts on the play to the press. Lockette "could have been stronger through the ball," Bevell pointed out to reporters multiple times.
Playing the clock
"We were conscious of how much time was on the clock and we wanted to use it all," Bevell explained post-game. "It didn't turn out the way I hoped it would.
"Of course I can say now I wish we had done something different. There are 20 different things going through my mind that we can do. If you run it that doesn't mean you would score on that play."
Many fans have slammed Pete Carroll for the Super Bowl-losing error, but what are your thoughts NFL fans? Is Pete Carroll to blame? Leave your thoughts in the comments box below.
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