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February 2, 2015 at 1:18 PM

Morning after quotes from Seattle coach Pete Carroll

Here’s all that Seattle coach Pete Carroll had to say when he met the media today in Phoenix before the team flew home to Seattle:

Opening thoughts: “Well, you know, there hasn’t been a lot of time to think it through in the big picture other than the really obvious things to me that last night was an extraordinary game. It was an extraordinary effort from guys that played through unbelievable issues and you didn’t even know it during the game. For Earl (Thomas) and Sherm (Richard Sherman) to make it through this game and play and have the problems they have is one thing notable. For Kam Chancellor to play in this game, it’s like super human stuff. He shouldn’t have been able to go. Just as they represent so many other guys, all of this team that has played so well together and been so strong and so effective. They’re a terrific team. They’re a very young team that has a lot of future and a lot of hope and we’re going all kinds of places and everybody knows that. But with that, the shock of disappointment that this game gets away from us and goes another way right at the finish line. It’s something that we have to deal with that in the long run of it will make us stronger and we’ll be able to put it in some kind of perspective. It’s pretty hard right now. I think y’all understand that. But the interactions with the players last night and this morning, their determination and their resolve about where we’re going and what we’re doing is absolutely clear and they’re very strong about it and the future is very, very bright for us and we all know that. So, you know, just disappointed we have to bring this home to our fans that are following and all the families and all that because it was so close to being on the other end of the spectrum a million miles from where we are right now. It’s just something we have to just live with.”

Thoughts on last play after sleeping on it: “It didn’t work, didn’t work out. The sequence… I was really so confident that we were going to get it done that to go ahead and make the call that we made was just part of the sequence.  We had a very clear thought about what was going on. It’s really easy. If we run the ball, we might run it in and score. If we throw the ball, we might catch a touchdown pass and score right there as well. It’s really easy to look at it that way from the outside but we were very confident in the sequence and we were going to use every play. The idea is to always have all your plays available and not run the clock out and there’s another down left, and so we had that organized to do that. Unfortunately… let me say this too, we don’t ever call a play, I don’t ever coach these guys at one time to thinking that they’re going to throw an interception, thinking that we’re going to fumble the ball or thinking that they’re going to do something, catch the ball and take it back for a touchdown. I don’t ever think that. And so, when we make our decisions, just like we make the decision with six seconds left in the half, we’re counting on our guys and trusting the process. We go with what we know and what we’ve learned and how we can believe in our guys and that’s why we do what we do.  And that’s why sometimes, you know, we get scrutinized for stuff. ‘Why would you do this? Why would you do that?’ It’s because we believe that it’s going to work. We’re believe that things are going to happen. Why do you call the fake field goal? Because we believed that it was going to go and that it was going to work. So, that’s maybe difficult on the outside to understand that, but that’s how we go. So there was a not a thought in my mind that we would make a mistake on that play. And really, the mistake was a tremendous play by the guy on the other side. He made just an unbelievable decision and choice to make a play that changed a game and that won them their championship. That’s what it feels like. That’s the kind of thoughts that we have.”

On Michael Bennett’s play: “I haven’t watched the film yet. I haven’t seen anything. I can’t really comment to that. I’m sure he was all over the place and played the running game in great fashion last night and we had plenty of plays in the backfield and Mike was all over that. But I don’t think I can comment any more.”

On if Darrell Bevell called a run and he changed it to a pass: “First off, Darrell is an incredible play caller. He has done a fantastic job, look what he did again, put us right down there to get it done. We’re so lucky to have him, he’s been absolutely instrumental in everything that we have done. There is no reservation in that thought and don’t make it out like there is because he is an awesome guy on our staff and he is crucially important to our future as well. We had the thought of the personnel that was going in the game after the first play. We sent the personnel. We saw we came up short. We weren’t quite sure how close it was. We were going with the next personnel, which was three wide receivers in the game and we had thought about throwing the ball there. That was part of the reason we sent that group in. We easily could have gone otherwise, but when they sent their goal line guys in, I know that we have the advantage on the matchups in the passing game so let’s throw it. It’s OK. One of those downs we were likely to throw the ball, maybe two of those downs we would have thrown the ball depending on how we had to save the clock. We had to get all of our plays. It wasn’t about ‘just run the ball.’ That wasn’t what the thought was. There was not a thought about with the run and I changed it. That did not happen.”

On Sherman needing Tommy John surgery: “From what I understand that is accurate. I just heard that as well. I’m just telling you, his will to play through that in this game a couple of weeks ago and take it all the way through this game, never wavered. never wavered. it’s courageous and as clear as Earl was and as Kam was when it came time. That was a heroic thing that those guys did to play and all three of those guys might wind up getting fixed up here. they all knew it and they wanted to play for their teammates and they did exactly that and did it in great fashion.”

On if Kam Chancellor was impacted by his injury: “It seemed like he did fine. Again I haven’t seen the film but I think he did fine. We were watching early to see if he was moving well enough and all of that and everybody said and all indications were he was fine.”

On Jeremy Lane’s broken arm: “He’s going to have surgery. He had a really difficult break. They have to wait a couple of days to make sure it’s all prepared properly and all of that, but he did have a difficult break. He’s going to be OK but it’s a significant surgery.”

On the nature of Kam Chancellor’s knee injury: “We’ll find out all of that as we go on. He may have had an earlier injury from years past, which he did wear a brace at times earlier in his career, that may indicate why he was able to come back so fast, maybe some of the damage was from before. But he had a hurt knee and got really banged hard on it. He just woke up the next morning with all of the resolve and all of the prayers that were sent his way and he was ready to go. And then he woke up the next morning on Sunday morning and said ‘I can do this.’ And they strapped him up and he went out there and played. It was a superhuman thing that he pulled off.

On Cliff Avril: “He had concussion issues, got hit in the head.’’

On if there is any concern about having to rebuild the emotion of the team: “No. Just telling you from how everybody has responded. It really hurt. It really hurt. It hurt everybody. And we all got hurt by it by the fact that we had to face that. And I have said for a lot of years with these guys that when we are right it takes extraordinary things to beat us. Somebody is going to make a big play that you couldn’t explain. I always go back to the Vince Young night, because that’s when I first realized it, that if we are on our game and we play like we play, and this has been a long time, then things like happened last night have to happen. Otherwise we are going to find a way. And that’s the way we believe and that’s the way we operate. And I don’t think that maybe that’s understood. And I don’t think that’s cocky. I think it’s based on what happened. And that’s why our belief is so strong and we really have to do some wacky things to give up things or somebody has to make a great play. And Butler made a great play. He made a great play. That’s how it goes.

On if the ending will test the team’s resolve and togetherness: “Maybe it does uniquely. Maybe it does uniquely It hurt uniquely It hurt because it was so sudden and just so far off of what should have happened for us. But I’m just telling you how they have responded and how they responded by the time we were leaving the locker room. Guys were all turning to one another and hugging each other and understanding what we had been through and already talking about next time out.’’

Bevell talked about leaving as little time as possible. If that’s not Tom Brady on the other sideline, do you handle that differently?: “There’s a factor that we declare in the preparation: Who is the guy on the other side? Some guys are at it, and obviously he did it in great fashion in the first half. He took the team down the field in two minutes. He’s renowned for it. He’s world famous. He’s Hall of Fame because of it. So, yeah, we knew that. However, he we are in the championship game, obviously it’s a championship team, so we’re not going to give them a chance if we don’t have to. We didn’t have to. We had it. We had it knocked time-wise. The clock worked perfectly. That’s why we waited all the way under a minute for the timeouts and all that kind of stuff. We were right on it. But we had prepared so hard for those situations. We were clear thinking. We understood what was going on and then the change of their personnel hit me that this is the time to take advantage of that. Let’s not try to stuff it at a goal-line defense. And it just didn’t turn out right.”

Do you have to wait to worry if there are lingerings effects for Sherman, Thomas, Chancellor?: “I don’t know enough about…I really don’t think there is at all. As long as Sherm doesn’t want to become a late-inning reliever and go with it from the left side then I think we’re going to be OK. There’s plenty of time now. We’ll work all that out. I don’t think there’s any concern.”

On if Thomas will need surgery:  “I don’t know that yet. Sometimes with the labrums you don’t, so I don’t know that.”

On if he has seen a replay of the play:  “I have not. I haven’t seen it yet.”

On if there is anything more that Ricardo Lockette could have done?: “I don’t know that. I don’t think so. I think the way that he jumped the route, it looked like he was open. Russell saw him open, and the way the play works is often that DB gets brushed and doesn’t get to be in position to make that play, but he did. I do know that Browner jammed Jermaine, and he’s the front guy in that right and probably kept him from getting off as cleanly as you would normally hope.”

On if he was worried about the time and timeout, instead of changing the personnel, did he think about going back with the same group after the first down play: “We discussed that, and we went ahead and substituted. That was a real flash of an instant when that happened. It would have changed the play call, but we were ready for the sequence as we were going.”

On replacing Dan Quinn: “It’s a process, and we’ll work it out. I have nothing to say about it right now.”

On if the primary read on that route is Lockette: “He’s got both sides of the field he can go to. He can go either side. I don’t know the other side, but I would expect that the other side probably had something there too because it’s a real good concept for us on the other side. He had the look that we needed on that side. He didn’t miss that at all. It was just the way the guy played the play.”


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