Pete Carroll blames himself for not preparing Seahawks during the bye week

Pete Carroll was so proud of the Seattle Seahawks at the start of their bye week that he decided to give the team a full week off. The Seahawks had just won back-to-back games against the Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets, improving their record to 6-4. Carroll thought that was worthy of a full week off before getting back to work, but he sounded like a man who regretted his decision after Sunday’s loss to the Miami Dolphins.

“We had all kinds of issues on both sides of the ball, making little mistakes on things that we normally do right,” Carroll said according to The Seattle Times. “I didn’t do this thing right on the week off. I didn’t handle it well and I screwed it up. That’s just the way it is. These guys played hard. They wanted to play right but we made too many mistakes.

“I gave them a bunch of time off. Maybe we’re too young to do that, I don’t know.”

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Josh Sitton: Golden Tate and Pete Carroll are completely full of crap (Audio)

There are a lot of livid people in Green Bay and beyond after Monday night’s debacle of an ending in Seattle, but very few are more upset over the series of events than Packers guard Josh Sitton. Or, should we say, no one has been more willing to express their frustration than the big fella.

After leading the charge in blasting the NFL on Twitter after Green Bay’s loss, Sitton took it a step further on Tuesday during an interview with “The Jim Rome Show.” He said he would go on strike “just to end this crap” if the CBA would allow it. He also teed off on Golden Tate and Pete Carroll for refusing to admit they caught a break.

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Pete Carroll fully supports Greg Schiano’s approach to kneel-down play

A number of mixed opinions have surfaced since Greg Schiano ordered the Bucs to play hard until the final whistle against the Giants last Sunday. Tom Coughlin was the most upset about it and Justin Tuck didn’t seem too far behind. Jerry Jones thinks the kneel-down play should be eliminated altogether and we here at LBS don’t see what all the fuss is about. Neither does Pete Carroll.

During his press conference on Thursday, the Seahawks head coach praised Schiano for the approach.

“I’m glad it was brought up like this because I think it was a competitor competing and I don’t think there is anything wrong with that,” Carroll said according to Pro Football Talk. “That’s exactly what you should do: Try to win the game. And there was a chance to win the game on that play and I thought Greg did exactly the right thing. And I would do exactly the same thing if in the same situation. So I don’t see where there’s any reason to think other than that. It’s about competing to try to make the play to win the football game. That’s it. And protect your quarterback.”

When asked why he hasn’t done the same thing if he thinks it’s such a smart play, Carroll said he simply hadn’t thought of it. If that’s the case, I guess he’s saying we can expect to see the Seahawks do the same this season if they find themselves down one possession with their opponents in the victory formation. We’ll just see about that.

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Pete Carroll and Terrell Owens punk team, pretend T.O. really wants No. 81 (Video)

Pete Carroll has a reputation for being a prankster. Terrell Owens has a reputation for being a diva. Now that T.O has signed a one-year deal with the Seahawks, it only makes sense that the two would combine their most notable characteristics to pull a fast one on the rest of the team.

Anyone who knows the Seahawks could have anticipated that T.O. was going to get punked in some way during his first official team meeting on Wednesday. At first, it appeared that he did. Carroll called him up to the front of the room to share a personal story and then cut him off as soon as he started. The entire team screamed “sit down!” at him and it looked like T.O had fallen victim to some standard new-guy hazing. That’s when he and Carroll joined forces.

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Pete Carroll turned down Arkansas, but promoted Steve Mariucci for the job

Arkansas is looking for a new head football coach to replace Bobby Petrino, and a report says they attempted to hire Pete Carroll. 5News Sports in Arkansas says the school reached out to Carroll but was turned down by the current Seahawks coach.

Carroll seemed to confirm the overture via Twitter, and he also promoted a colleague for the gig:

“Mooch” is Steve Mariucci, who hasn’t coached since being fired by the Lions in 2005. Mooch has been mentioned in connection with several jobs since then. News 5 reported that it was Mariucci’s agent who contacted the school about the vacancy. My guess is Mooch’s agent is just doing a really good job of keeping his client relevant by dropping his name in various coaching searches. Not only does that help in case Mooch ever wants to get back into coaching, but it’s also a good tactic for gaining leverage in contract discussions with his current employer, NFL Network.

As for Arkansas, it’s clear they’re aiming high. They have plenty of money, a rabid fan base, and a good foundation, so someone will want this job.

Pete Carroll tried to surprise Peyton Manning with a visit and got denied

Early on in the Peyton Manning free agency tour, the Seattle Seahawks were considered to be a potential suitor. Any team in need of a quarterback was discussed when speculating where Manning would end up, but there were few who actually knew where Peyton wanted to play. Manning wanted to make his decision in a hurry, so scheduling a good amount of visits and meetings in a short span of time was unavoidable. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, however, was avoidable.

As Peter King pointed out in his recent Sports Illustrated article that details how Manning ended up in Denver, Peyton met with representatives from the Broncos, Redskins, Niners, and Cardinals while out west a couple of weeks ago. Since he had not scheduled a meeting with the Seahawks, Carroll decided he would show up unannounced and try to win the four-time MVP over.

One more surprise: Manning got a call informing him that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had flown, unannounced, with Seattle G.M. John Schneider to the airport in Englewood. Carroll would do whatever Manning wanted—talk for a while in Denver or on the plane to Arizona, his next visit, or fly him to Seattle for a lengthier discussion.

Peyton Manning does not like surprises. He said no thanks. Carroll flew home.

Burned. Carroll gets an A+ for effort, but it’s obvious Manning must have had no intention of playing for the Seahawks. At the time he was a busy man who was listening to sales pitches from a number of teams while trying to make the biggest decision of his career. Clearly, there was nothing Carroll could have said to make him consider playing in Seattle. Luckily for Pete, that’s why they invented business expenses.

H/T The Seattle Times Seahawks Blog
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Pete Carroll’s Testosterone Rush Cost Seahawks Field Goal Before Halftime

Just because NFL coaches are professionals and get paid to make million dollar decisions doesn’t mean they’re immune to machismo at times. After his team’s loss to the Bengals Sunday, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll admitted he was overcome with a surge of testosterone and cost his team three points before halftime.

Seattle was down 17-3 and had a 4th and 2 at the Cincinnati three yard line with 14 seconds left. They had just used their final timeout of the half. They could have gone for a touchdown or attempted a field goal. Pete Carroll elected to go for the touchdown and called for a handoff up the middle to Marshawn Lynch. The call worked in some respects — Lynch gained the first down, but he was stopped at the 1. Because Seattle was out of timeouts, the clock ran to zero and the half ended with the Seahawks down 17-3.

Seattle added a field goal in the third and a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Had they made the field goal before halftime, they would have been a two-point conversion away from tying the game. They failed on their two-point attempt and ended up down 17-12. Seattle’s defense gave up 10 more points and they also allowed a special teams touchdown, so they ended up losing 34-12.

The poor call by Pete Carroll didn’t cost his team the game, but it shows us that sometimes coaches get obsessed with a desire to prove something and it can cost the team. Norv Turner made a similar decision in the second quarter of his team’s week two loss to the Patriots and it cost them the game in my opinion. Taking the easy three is often the right move.