Seahawks Players Question Pete Carroll

Former Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril  was released by the team due to health issues earlier this month. He says some of the players “began questioning” head coach Pete Carroll. His play calling after the team’s infamous last-minute Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots.

During an appearance on an NFL Network podcast. Avril said he believes the Seahawks would have won at least one more Super Bowl.  If Carroll had decided to run the ball instead of calling the pass play. Which was intercepted by Malcolm Butler, which sealed the win for the Patriots.

The Seahawks were down four points. However, they had marched down to the New England 1-yard line with 26 seconds remaining. Instead of giving the ball to bruising running back Marshawn Lynch. Carroll elected to pass the ball. This ended up getting intercepted by Butler. Can Pete Carroll be replaced?

“I do think the team would have bought in more to what Coach Carroll was saying,” Avril said, “instead of going the opposite way of, ‘Hey, this is what we thought the foundation of the team was.’ That’s not what happened in that particular play.

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“So I think guys started questioning him more, more so than actually following his lead if we would have won that Super Bowl.”

Avril comments confirmed reports of locker room dysfunction that were coming out of the Seahawk’s camp last season.

“The situation sucked regardless of who took the blame,” Avril said. “It’s just the fact that we were so close and we weren’t able to get it, so I think a lot of guys got turned off by the message.”

“Sometimes it’s tough, because two [championships] is better than one, obviously,” he said. “You think about what could have happened. If we win that Super Bowl, I think we probably would have won another one within the two years that went by.”

June 9, 2018 by : Posted in NFL No Comments

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