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Seahawks HC Pete Carroll says criticism of Brian Schottenheimer is ‘garbage’

Pete Carroll, Brian Schottenheimer

Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks lost in a close one to the Dallas Cowboys by a score of 24-22 in the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs. This was a very disappointing loss for the Seahawks, as they rallied late in the season to keep their position in the playoffs.

After the game, there was collective criticism of their offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. The team decided to totally abandon the passing game and relied too much on the run. It’s almost as if they didn’t trust Russell Wilson’s ability to lead the team against the poor Cowboys secondary.

Carroll said on local ESPN 710 radio that he understood the criticism that the team had not reacted and adjusted well enough at the half. However, he was not okay with slander of his offensive coordinator.

Carrol said on 710 ESPN:

“That’s a bunch of garbage, What a terrific football season we had. This was the second-highest scoring team in the history of the franchise I think — c’mon, and we outran everybody and we did not turn the ball over. We almost set an all-time NFL record for fewest turnovers in a season. That’s discipline and tactics and approach and all that. I get it, everybody feels bad about it. Brian’s a helluva coach and he does a great job and he did a great job with our guys throughout the season and will continue to.”

The Seahawks will have some personnel changes they need to go forward. With their quarterback and best defensive players aging, their window of success could soon be closing.