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Bill Belichick: Criticism of Pete Carroll is out of line

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Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has faced a barrage of criticism since his call to pass the ball for the win in Super Bowl XLIX.

The Seahawks were placed at the one-yard line on a crucial second down play when quarterback Russell Wilson was intercepted by Patriots corner Malcolm Butler.

Despite having the most powerful back in the NFL, the NFC champs declined the opportunity to punch it in and subsequently fell to a dramatic 28-24 defeat. Even though Wilson threw the pick, Carroll has received the majority of the criticism - but one person that doesn't agree with this is Patriots coach Bill Belichick of all people.

It turns out that Belichick believes the scrutiny that Carroll is currently under is undeserved.

"There has been a lot of criticism that I don't think is anywhere close to being deserved or founded," Belichick said Tuesday, ESPN reported. "That football team is very good, very well-coached, and Pete does a great job."

Furthermore, Belichick has slammed some of the so called experts who have laid into Carroll this week, claiming some of them are not even qualified enough to make such assessments of Carroll's decision-making.

"Malcolm and Brandon [Browner], on that particular play, just made a great play. I think the criticism they've gotten for the game is totally out of line and by a lot of people who I don't think are anywhere near even qualified to be commenting on it."

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