Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is going all out on damage limitation after he and his coaching staff effectively lost the Super Bowl on Sunday.
Speaking on Monday after the loss, Carroll revealed that the thought of running the ball with Marshawn Lynch on the one-yard line never crossed his mind. Not once. At all. With the 20 seconds left. In the Super Bowl.
In fact, Carroll opined that the Seahawks would have tried to throw the ball multiple times if the slant to Ricardo Lockette fell incomplete, which only adds to the growing Pro-Wilson, Anti-Lynch conspiracy that emanated from Seattle's locker room.
"There was not a thought about running it, and then I changed the play. That did not happen.There's no reservation in the call, and don't make it out like there is" - Pete Carroll.
The fact that Carroll and the Seahawks had absolutely no thoughts of giving the ball to the best power running back in the National Football League must be infuriating to Seahawks fans who have been so immense in supporting their team all year.
Carroll then went on and continued his whole damage limitation, calling offensive co-ordinator Darrell Bevell a fantastic coach and credit to the Seahawks and that no one was to blame for what happened. Definitely not the golden child Wilson.
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," Carroll added.
Carroll went into detail about how the second-down call was part of a preplanned sequence.
"I was so confident we were going to get it done," Carroll said. "Making the call we made was just part of the sequence. We were very confident in the sequence. We had a very clear thought about what was going on."
The former USC boss then said that when he saw the Patriots goaline defense come out that he knew his receivers had a big advantage over the secondary. That is just patently untrue when you consider that Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis are on the field.
This is all just more words from a Seahawks organization that is desperately trying to cover up for their huge failings when they know how much they screwed up. It's easy for everyone to see and something that won't be hard for them to play down to their own players, fans and the rest of the NFL.