Philbin, I mean Carroll handed a free victory to the opponent in a similar way to how Joe Philbin has handed free victories to Dolphin opponents for three years.
But in the case, Carroll did it on a stage where the whole world was watching. Half the world saw his blunder. And we also saw his insane rationalization.
In case you missed his excuse, he said that when Seattle got ready for the 2nd-and-goal play, New England came out in a goal line defense, which Seattle wasn’t ready for.
Apparently Pete didn’t expect New England to use a goal line defense on the goal line. That is a Philbinlike statement if ever there was one.
So, since Seattle was not ready for New England to use a goal line defense on the goal line, Pete said the second down pass was just a play to waste. He actually used the worse “waste.”
His plan was for Wilson to with throw a quick TD or a quick incompletion.
But Pete forgot that the defense is allowed to catch the ball too.
After this planned wasted down, Pete said Seattle was going to run it on 3rd and 4th. The logic is Philbinese once again. The logic is insane.
If Seattle was going to run it right through the goal line defense on 3rd and 4th, why not on second also?
That interception will be shown forever, and Patriot haters will have to relive it forever. Thanks to Pete Carroll trying to be fancy and trick New England.
Fans forgive and forget Super Bowl gaffes by players. But coaching mistakes like this one will live forever. Remember when Jackie Smith dropped a perfect pass right in his arms and cost his team the Super Bowl? Few people remember, and that goat actually got into the Hall of Fame despite single-handedly costing his team the title.
Scott Norwood choked on a routine field goal. That play isn’t quite forgotten, but there is an air of forgiveness nowadays as people feel sorry for Norwood. He simply choked. He didn’t make a DECISION to blow the game. Only Pete Carroll did that.
What was also Philbinlike was the way Carroll got outcoached by Belichick. Inside the final minute, you KNEW that New England was going to call timeouts to preserve time for Brady. But nope. Belichick didn’t call the timeouts, and that clearly threw Seattle off kilter.
Belichick said, “You think I’m gonna try to save time so that my offense can stage a last-minute victory? Uhh, no. I’m gonna challenge your kid quarterback and your ignorant head coach to outfox me.” Bill clearly won that battle, and fans everywhere will now have to suffer forever.
Pete Carroll even mentioned that on the final couple of plays, he was trying to eat up as much time as possible so that New England wouldn’t have time at the end to come back. In theory, that is a sound strategy. But in actuality, New England was NOT trying to conserve time at all. NE was not calling their time outs. Pete Carroll’s strategy was to prevent NE from doing something that NE wasn’t even trying to do. Was Pete even paying attention?
The Patriots will not shut up. And thanks to Pete Carroll, they don’t have to.