Carroll explains play call: ‘We were going to run the ball and win the game — but not on that down’
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Sunday it was his decision to call the pass play at the end of the Super Bowl that was intercepted by New England, but that he called it to try to get a better match-up against the Patriots on the line of scrimmage.
In a post-game interview, Carroll said of the pass play: ‘They jumped it (the route) … and did a fantastic job.”
“We were going to run the ball and win the game but not on that down,” he added. “And that was it.”
Under questioning by sports reporters, Carroll explained: “Here’s the deal. We sent our guys on the field — wide receivers on the field — to spread them out. They ran on their goal line (package), they got all their big guys out there.
“At that moment, I didn’t want to waste a run play against their goal line guys, throw the ball and come back on 3rd or 4th (down) where we could match up. So it was really a clear thought … but it didn’t work out right. We throw the ball … and they make a big play.
“It was just because of the match-ups,” he repeated. “They’ve got extra guys on the line of scrimmage so we didn’t want to waste a run play.”