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Seahawks HC Pete Carroll on why he likes to run the ball: “It’s the best way not to screw it up.”

Pete Carroll

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll did his normal press conference routine ahead, but this week prior to Monday night’s matchup with the Minnesota Vikings was a bit different. Carroll revealed a possible lesson learned from his past seasons as the Seahawks head coach.

With this mentality Super Bowl XLIX may have had a drastically different outcome. If the Seahawks chose to run the ball that close to the end zone with former Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, would they have won that game? The game script at the time consisted of passing the ball on the one-yard line, a call that to this day is still highly questioned.

Lynch had tormented the Patriots defense, rushing for 102 on 24 carries and scoring once. So were the Seahawks overthinking what many see as a very simple decision? Carroll may be foreshadowing the Super Bowl loss a bit in his recent press conference after the Seahawks definitely ‘screwed it up’ during the 2014 season.

The Seahawks are now the league’s top rushing offense, accumulating 1,786 yards and averaging 148.8 per game as of Week 14. Maybe that Super Bowl loss really stuck with Carroll because he is certainly making quite the statement this season. It helps when you can rely on a quarterback like Russell Wilson who can take off for a big run at any given moment, as well as several solid options at running back.

Chris Carson, Mike Davis, and Rashaad Penny have all been incredibly effective this season when called upon and right now Carroll’s game plan of running the ball more often is definitely working for Seattle.