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February 3, 2015 at 10:09 AM

Pete Carroll defends Bevell again on radio show, says team in midst of negotiations with Marshawn Lynch

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll again strongly defended offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell for the final play call of the Super Bowl during his weekly radio show on ESPN 710 Seattle.

Carroll said of the call that: “It’s not about Darrell. Darrell did what I told him to do. I told him to throw it.”

He reiterated again the reasoning and also said he and quarterback Russell Wilson sat in his office for a half-hour afterward trying to make sense of it.

Carroll also said of running back Marshawn Lynch’s future with the team that “we’ll see. We’ve been in the midst of negotiations for a long time for the future, so we’ll see how that goes.”

Here are a few other notes from what he said:

  • Carroll said that along with defensive coordinator Dan Quinn leaving that there are some other assistants who are also being requested for interviews elsewhere. “We have to work through that first,” he said, adding “we have some work to do staff-wise.”
  • He said Richard Sherman may not need Tommy John surgery, saying he might have been misled on that when he said that to media on Monday, but that there may be another option. But the say the first priority for Sherman is to be there for the birth of his baby (and I take that as another indication that the surgery isn’t something they are worried would cause him to miss any team).
  • He said S Kam Chancellor will have his knee looked at to see what the injury is, and related what he’d said the day before about Chancellor playing through it in the Super Bowl. “He could have been limping the whole week and the next couple of weeks, but he wasn’t,” Carroll said.
  • He said James Carpenter also suffered a concussion in the Super Bowl along with Cliff Avril.
  • Of Jeremy Lane’s arm, he said “that was a really nasty break. Was a really difficult break. That is going to take some time.”
  • The team is meeting today at 12 and then is heading out for the off-season.
  • As for the mood of the team and where things go from here, Carroll spoke rather defiantly, saying he is the leader of the team and “I’ve got to be clear about it and I am clear about it. … We’re going to be stronger for this. Going to be better for this. But it’s just cruddy right now that we have to feel like this.”
  • He said of the future that “we have a really good team. This is a team that’ built for the future. A very young team with a tremendous future. … we are in the midst of this and we know that.” He said of the defeat that maybe is the one thing that “makes us so strong that we can do things to surprise everyone.”
  • Carroll added that the one moment won’t define the team but that how it responds will. “We’re fortunate we have a chance to show people who we are,” he said.

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