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Pete Carroll thinks ref blew call, cost 'Hawks TD

Posted on: October 25, 2011 12:23 pm
The Seahawks' biggest play against the Browns was called back, but should it have been? (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

We'll be honest: we didn't watch every play of the Seattle-Cleveland game -- that's the type of punishment reserved for Gitmo detainees. In case you missed it (and we imagine you did), the Browns won the war of attrition, 6-3.

But if you ask Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, his team had a touchdown taken off the board and it probably cost them the game. Midway through the third quarter, with the Browns leading 3-0, Leon Washington returned a punt 81 yards to give Seattle the lead. Except that Kennard Cox was flagged for an illegal block, nullifying the score. Replays showed that Cox got his hand on the back of a Browns' player, though it would've been hard to argue if the officials hadn't thrown a flag at all. (Judge for yourself below. The play in question starts around the 1:05 mark.)

"I didn't think that was a call that should have been made," Carroll said Monday. "That was unfortunate. … There's a lot of calls that happen at light speed out there that are challenging to call, and that was one," he continued. "Unfortunately it was the play of the game for us. It was our touchdown in this game, and it got away from us, you know."

That's the saddest part to all this: it was the play of the game for the Seahawks. Quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, filling in for Tarvaris Jackson, looked incapable of executing anything beyond a hand-off, and it makes you wonder why Carroll traded a second-round pick for him prior to the 2010 season.

And unlike last year, when the NFC West was up for grabs from for 17 weeks, the 49ers have already run away with the division. And barring an epic collapse by every other NFC wild-card team (or perhaps more likely, an asteroid strike), Seattle's season is just above done.

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Since: Jan 4, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:07 am

Pete Carroll thinks ref blew call, cost 'Hawks TD

The NFL is getting as bad as NBA. Ticky-tack BS calls that should never be made. It is getting really hard to watch sometimes.

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 6:20 am

Pete Carroll thinks ref blew call, cost 'Hawks TD

since Seattle won last year with a 9-7 record
you mean 7-9 record

Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 3:26 am

Pete Carroll thinks ref blew call, cost 'Hawks TD

 I saw the play and there was no block in the back, the cleveland player fell down. It was one the worst call I have seen this season. This game was aired in Cincinnati and us Benglas fans wanted the Seahawks to win and they should have. Their run defense look good against the small Hardesty and they are playing a similar back this week when Benard Scott and the Bengals visit. As much as i would say this is a trap game for Cincinnati, I know the Bengals' aren's focused on later in the season. They are working and preparing game to game.
 I like the Seahawks and usually root for them but this week they won't win. In fact I beleive Marsawn Lynch is a non-factor in this game, whether he starts or not. It will be a close game but Cincinnati has too many ways to score. 27-17 Bengals


Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 2:21 am

Pete Carroll thinks ref blew call, cost 'Hawks TD

Although the 49ers are 5-1 they have not "won" the division. They have many more games to play and if Seattle, St. Louis and Arizona become competent they just might make a race out of this division. The 49ers face some very tough teams this season. Even if they go 5-5 the rest of the way they would have already locked up the division since Seattle won last year with a 9-7 record. But assuming that SF wins 75-80% of their remianing games....they will finish with 12-13 wins. That's very good considering what the pundits have been saying about Harbaugh, Baalke and the Jed York. We shall see. I had pegged them to finish with 15 wins after analyzing their preaseason games. Or course if they win their division and get a first round bye and play in one divisional playoff game AND the NFC championship AND win the SB...they will finish with 15 wins. Now that's pretty sweet if you ask me. 

I still say it's the 49ers and the Lions in the NFC championship. If I had any doubt my suspicions were put to rest when Jim Schwartz triied to tackle Jim Harbaugh at mid field. Roger Goodell couldn't have scripted this season any better. Well actually he could. The 49ers and the Raiders play in the SB...and the winner gets the inaugural Al Davis Trophy for Football Excellence given to the winning team from here on out. I find that apropos considering what Al Davis had done for both franchises. Believe it or not...Al Davis does not hate the 49ers..only the Raider fans do.


Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 12:01 am

Pete Carroll thinks ref blew call, cost 'Hawks TD

"Maybe your right...maybe the Hawks should just buy their wins like some other teams do."

Weird.  I thought they allready tried that when they hired Pete Carroll.

Since: Jan 1, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 11:55 pm

Pete Carroll thinks ref blew call, cost 'Hawks TD

 I know a lot of people want to bash on Pete Carroll,but if you look at the aspects of his experience coaching football you will see that he is a defensive minded coach and our Defense is playing really good,and only getting better. If you want to look at a coach,look at Bevell. The D is not the problem here. The Seahawks had their defense on the field 40 plus minutes and still held them to 6 points. Would any of you be upset if your defense put on that good of a showing? I wouldn't!

    We have one third of the system(D) looking very promising right now and we should have the core for a couple of years anyways.  ST's are getting a lot better than when we started the season.

   The offense is the weakest link, although the line looks better, I am kind of getting worried about Gallery. We will hopefully solve the QB issue in the draft and I think we might of allready solved the Gallery issue in the form of his backup!

      After a day thinking about the loss to the Browns,I was able to find a few positives in the game

;1.... we will not have to hear the Charlie chants anymore.

      2.....Our Defense is pretty good

      3.....Kam can hit like a mo-fo

      4....we will not have to hear the Charlie chants anymore!  Probably gonna be Portis chants now!  lol

    I know i was a Charlie chanter earlier in the season,but I have seen the reasoning behind the coaches decision now. 

;     &nbs
p;     &nb

Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 10:28 pm

Pete Carroll thinks ref blew call, cost 'Hawks TD

Pete carroll is not a good pro coach , he coached a bad team in the new jersey jets , he took a super bowl team the new england patriots and turned them into a below 500 team and now the seahawks , but yes he did do great in USC because he got to cheat. Haha

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 10:20 pm

Pete Carroll thinks ref blew call, cost 'Hawks TD

Maybe your right...maybe the Hawks should just buy their wins like some other teams do.

Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: October 25, 2011 7:54 pm

Pete Carroll thinks ref blew call, cost 'Hawks TD

This clearly Pete Carroll's way of diverting attention to the obvious: The Seahawks were awful Sunday. No team who manages only 65 yards rushing, 72 yds passing, and loses the time of possession battle 43:00-17:00 has any right to win an NFL game. Sure Carroll is fighting for his players here, trying to show them even though we played poorly we still had a chance to win. But its just smoke and mirrors. The coaches did not prepare a solid gameplan, and its hard for your players to execute if you don't put them in the right schemes. Sorry Pete, you can bitch and moan all you want but that hideous display is squarely on your shoulders. I wonder if they had won, what the NFL record is for lowest total yards gained by a winning team in an NFL game. Pretty sure the 'Hawks would have been in the ballpark for that record. One last thing, and I mentioned this in a comment on the Indy-Saints game. Its entirely possible that the Univ of Alabama could have given a better game to the Texans, Chiefs, Saints, Jags, and Browns this past weekend than the Titans, Raiders, Colts, Ravens, and Seahawks managed. Possible some of the worst collective perfomances in one weekend than I can recall ever happening in my lifetime.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: October 25, 2011 6:35 pm

Pete Carroll thinks ref blew call, cost 'Hawks TD

No one is guaranteed to get Luck this year. From what people close to him are saying is that he may pull a Manning or Elway and determine himself where he wants to land come draft time. So go ahead and finish last, it's no guarantee to bring you any kind of Luck.

Finishing last will bring that team plenty of "luck", don't kid yourself man. Even if Luck refuses to play for that team it's going to cost the team he wants to play for a ton of talent and/or draft picks in a trade to land him.  Don't forget, there is a rookie cap now which makes the top picks a lot more valuable then they were before.   Luck can make any demand he wants to make, but unless the team trading for him is ready to mortgage the future in a trade for him, he'll play where he's told to play.

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