The aftermath of Super Bowl XLIX left football fans in absolute shock, as the New England Patriots pulled off one of the most memorable wins in the history of the game.
In a drive that seemed that would go down in history, with one yard to go before touchdown that would essentially wrap up the game in favor of Seattle, head coach Pete Carroll made one of the most controversial decisions in Super Bowl history.
Having, arguably, the best running back in football at the time in Marshawn Lynch, who many a top defender struggle to even get down to the ground, Carroll opted to pass the football instead of handing it off.
As a result, quarterback Russel Wilson threw an interception caught by Malcom Butler that sealed Seattle’s fait, and earned all-consensus greatest-of-all-time quarterback Tom Brady yet another Super Bowl ring.
Fans mocked the Seahawks for months afterward, with the mockery still going on to this day on some occasions. Although Pete Carroll is still the head coach in Seattle, it may not be a far gone conclusion to assume some of the team’s players have lost hope in their longtime coach.
Current free agent defensive end and former Seattle Seahawk Cliff Avril was recently a guest on The Dave Dameshek Football Program this past Thursday to discuss his time in Seattle.
Avril opened up about the Super Bowl loss to New England, and also noted that he believes had things gone differently that year, he and the team would’ve won another Super Bowl not too long after (quotes via NFL.com):
“You think about what could have happened,” Avril said. “If we win that Super Bowl, I think we probably would have won another one within the two years that went by.”
Lack Of Trust
Had Carroll made the right call and ran the ball in the Super Bowl, Avril believes that the Seahawks would trust their coach more, as opposed to questioning him more than usual:
“I do think the team would have bought in more to what Coach Carroll was saying,” Avril explained, “instead of going the opposite way of, hey, this is what we thought the foundation of the team was, and that’s not what happened in that particular play.
“So I think guys started questioning him more, more so than actually following his lead if we’d won that Super Bowl.”
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