Rounding Up Reaction to Pete Carroll's Decision to Run Up the Score, Again

Gary Davenport@@IDPSharksNFL AnalystDecember 16, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 09: Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks looks on against the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field on December 9, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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For the first time since 1950 a National Football League team has scored 50 points for the second consecutive week, but something tells me that the last time it happened there wasn't an immediate social media backlash.

For the second straight week Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll made a rather dubious play call in the middle of a rout. In Sunday's dismantling of the Buffalo Bills the Seahawks ran a fake punt play when they were up 30 points in the fourth quarter.

The play resulted in a long gain, but it came on the heels of last week's decision to throw deep on fourth down up 50. Neither of Carroll's decisions can exactly be hailed as a sterling example of 21st-Century sportsmanship.


Trying to win over those AP voters RT @willbrinson: Pete Carroll = the real Bob Belichick

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 16, 2012




Pete Carroll is the guy who doesn't accept "friendly quits" on #Madden.#Seahawks #Bills

— Robert Flores (@RoFloESPN) December 16, 2012



OK, so maybe Pete Carroll actually is a sterling example of 21st-Century sportsmanship, and while he may be in the minority on the subject, Bleacher Report's own Josh Zerkle kind of likes it.


And Seattle just ran a fake punt while up 30 points. Pete Carroll might be my new favorite head coach now.

— Josh Zerkle (@PUNTE) December 16, 2012



Listen, I was the first to defend Carroll's decision last week to throw the ball, as there were reserves in the game that could use the reps.

And I suppose you can make the argument that by running the fake punt in that bizarre situation Carroll was trying to put it in future opponents' heads that there isn't a time that he won't consider running the fake.

Sure. Whatever helps you sleep at night.

Simply put, it was what it was. Carroll got caught up in the moment, may well have known about the record and went for the jugular. It doesn't make him Gandhi, but it doesn't exactly make him pure evil either.

Even Carroll himself, after the dust settled, apparently had second thoughts about that particular coaching call, telling Danny O'Neill of the Seattle Times that he "feels bad" about not stopping the fake punt call.

"It was an automatic for us," Carroll said. We looked for it every time we were going to punt, and it was just there. I should have stopped it in the sense that it looked bad."

See, at least he sort of feels bad for a second. What more can you ask?