Sixty-three year old Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll appears in great health, it looks as though father time has been kind to him and any thoughts of senility are light years away. He chews his gum as hard and fast as any edgy teenager. On Sunday night he was involved in a shootout with the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 49 and looking to win his second championship in a row.
The lead was going back and forth, but remained in the Seahawks' favor for the entire third quarter. Then in the fourth quarter, down 10 points, New England made a phenomenal comeback and had a four point lead with just over two minutes remaining in the game. It would take a Seattle touchdown to change the outcome.
After a big catch and run on first down (30 yards) by Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks got a gift when a perfectly defended and deflected pass by Patriots Corner Malcolm Butler, somehow stayed in the air long enough for Seattle Wide Receiver Jermaine Kearse to bobble it several times, knees, arms, other body parts involved, and eventually secure it before it hit the ground. The improbable 33 yard play put the ball on the New England 5 yard line, first and goal, and had Patriots fans thinking about David Tyree and "Deja Vu all over again".
After a hard Lynch run on first down, the ball was spotted on the one yard line. Then Pete Carroll did what no other coach in NFL history has ever done- With Marshawn "The Beast" Lynch in his backfield and just one yard standing in his way, and Super Bowl 49 clearly in Seattle's grasp, Quarterback Russell Wilson was given a pass play to run... A knife at a gunfight? Undrafted, 5' 11" rookie cornerback, Malcolm Butler forced his way in front of 6'2" wide receiver Ricardo Lockette who ran a slant across the middle of the field, and just stole the Super Bowl from the Seahawks with the most clutch interception in Super Bowl history!
An unlikely play and an unlikely hero! With 20 seconds left on the one yard line, Brady just had to find some real estate to get a knee down... Seattle dug in, but jumped off-sides putting the ball on the 6 yard line. Then the "Thugs" from Seattle, frustrated with Carroll's call, the certainty of a Super Bowl loss, began throwing punches and showing their true demeanor. They were penalized another fifteen and SIR Tom Brady had plenty of turf on which to place his championship knee!
So what was Pete Carroll thinking? Was he thinking too much? Any NFL Coach in that spot would know enough to run Marshawn Lynch for the win. This will forever haunt Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks' organization.
Just maybe that special delivery, senility package addressed to Pete Carroll arrived late Sunday night...