Seahawks’ thinking goes from “BeastMode” to Least Mode and Patriots take advantage

Posted: 02/02/2015 in football
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It will certainly go down in football history as one of the worst decisions of all time.

The Seattle Seahawks were one yard away from winning back-to-back Super Bowl titles. They also feature bulldozing running back Marshawn Lynch, who is nearly as hard to tackle as he is to talk with.

Repeat, just one measly yard away from defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX.

Coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell were discussing which play to run and the only word needed to be uttered was “BeastMode.” But for whatever reason, this was the time that Carroll and Bevell decided to get tricky.

A three-receiver set in the shotgun formation with the footwork of the offensive linemen indicating pass. Lynch was in the backfield but his positioning to the side of quarterback Russell Wilson also suggested he was going to swing into the left flat.

The Seahawks suddenly appeared to be off-kilter and things only got worse when the ball was snapped. Wilson’s throw was a bit off-target, receiver Ricardo Lockette wasn’t aggressive enough in getting in position to grab it and New England rookie defensive back Malcolm Butler read the play and sped to the ball and intercepted Wilson’s pass with 20 seconds remaining to seal the Patriots’ 28-24 victory.

The play call was routinely grilled around the globe after it didn’t work – rightfully so – but it was faulty logic even if it had. And Seattle wideout Doug Baldwin feels no differently than any of you – it was one super duper weird call, particularly when a team is trying to win the Super Bowl.

“I think we all were surprised,” Baldwin told reporters. “We still had a timeout and felt we should take a shot. I don’t know, man. I’m just trying to make up an explanation. Everybody is going to want to blame something or somebody.”

Bevell certainly is a good person to blame. So is Carroll.

And I keep laughing and chortling while picturing either of those two men explaining to Lynch why he didn’t get to carry the ball.

You just don’t see football decisions this bad – especially when you’re playing in the biggest game of the year.

 

Couple other thoughts

–Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw for 328 yards and four touchdown passes while winning his third Super Bowl MVP, tying former San Francisco 49ers great Joe Montana for most ever.

Apparently there was enough pressure in the football for Brady to enjoy a successful contest. We will continue to leave it up to Patriots coach Bill Belichick to discuss “the texture of the balls.” That is his specialty, not mine.

–Butler was a player few of us had even heard of prior to his heroic accomplishment. Turns out he was an undrafted free agent out of West Alabama.

He didn’t have an interception in the regular season so the strong safety picked a fine moment for his first. I’m guessing Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski learned his name on Sunday.

–Another unlikely standout was Seattle receiver Chris Matthews, who had four catches for 109 yards and a touchdown. You see, Matthews had never caught an NFL pass prior to the Super Bowl.

But he made history with his touchdown reception in the second quarter as he became the second player ever to catch a touchdown in the Super Bowl without recording any NFL catches. The other was Percy Howard of the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl X and his NFL career consisted of eight total NFL regular-season games.

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