Super Bowl XLIX: But What if He Had Caught the Pass?


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Let me suggest that the same Pete Carroll would have been hailed as a genius. A modern day Vince Lombardi. A ballsy guy.

It’s almost 48-hours since the end of Super Bowl XLIX and the so called “stupid call” heard round the world. Just in case you missed it, the Seattle Seahawks, trailing by three points with twenty seconds left, had an opportunity to punch the ball into the end zone from the one-yard line and virtually ensure themselves of a victory.

They have one of the best running backs in the game, Marshawn Lynch, so this was a gimme, a no brainer, the proverbial slam-dunk. But for reasons known only to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, they decided to throw the ball instead. Sure enough it was intercepted and the New England Patriots were able to run out the clock and hold on to the lead and victory.

CarrollThe criticism of Carroll’s play choice has been nothing short of cacophonous; many stating it is the worst play call ever. But part of me likes to play the role of devil’s advocate, so let me put this to you: what if the pass wasn’t intercepted? What if the receiver snagged the ball in the end zone and gave the Seahawks a three point lead with only twenty seconds left?

Let me suggest that the same Pete Carroll would have been hailed as a genius. A modern day Vince Lombardi. A ballsy guy. He would have explained that with all the attention being paid to Marshawn Lynch and his running skills, passing the ball was the way to go.

I think the problem was as much one of execution – I don’t think the ball was well thrown – as play selection.

DCS_Grad_2 DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

 

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One thought on “Super Bowl XLIX: But What if He Had Caught the Pass?

  1. It would still have been a bad call regardless. It exposed the Seahawks to interception when they had other, safer, better choices available. They had been out-playing the Patriots since early in the game. Obviously they forgot that even when the Pats don’t bring their best game to the field, they are a dangerous team. Unwise to give them an opening. If nothing else, they are well-trained to grab ANY opportunity. Why in the world give them a chance, especially at that point in the game … and of all places, at the Super Bowl? Foolish, no matter how you slice and dice it.

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