The Seattle Seahawks threw away a Super Bowl repeat last night and it seems that finger pointing is now at a non-stop point.
The latest news comes from Mike Silver of NFL.com, who is reporting that one Seahawks player blames an anti-Marshawn Lynch agenda for Pete Carroll's decision to throw the ball for the potential game winning touchdown.
Silver was in the Seahawks dejected locker room after the game and said the claims were made in-between profane outbursts directed towards the head coach Carroll and offensive co-ordinator Darrell Bevell.
I'll spare you the numerous "What the (expletive) was he thinking?" mutterings I overheard from people in Seahawks uniforms," Silver stated in his piece.
(I'll) refrain from lending any legitimacy to the conspiracy theory which one anonymous player was willing to broach: That Carroll somehow had a vested interest in making Wilson, rather than Lynch, the hero, and thus insisted on putting the ball in the quarterback's hands with an entire season on the line. "That's what it looked like," the unnamed player said.
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It should be noted that Silver is good friends with Carroll and even starts that very article by relaying what the Seahawks coach said to him in private text messages just hours after the game, so there's why you should take a dim view of his condescension and apologising on the topic.
Who doesn't love a conspiracy theory? Especially one that comes straight from the horses mouth of a Seattle Seahawks player.
So let's dive in and try and make sense of this. One would assume that the obvious reason for making Wilson want to be the hero is the fact that the Seahawks are set to pay their quarterback $25million a season and wanted him to appear worthy of earning that much.
Add that to the fact that the Seahawks want Marshawn Lynch to essentially take a pay cut on an apparent long term deal that they are offering the star running back and it becomes easier to see the motive.
The play really was just a completely awful call and Carroll's explanation of wanting to waste time or something leaves a lot to be desired. Is an anti-Lynch conspiracy the answer though? We'll just have to wait to find out.