As you may have noticed during last night’s Super Bowl broadcast, Pete Carroll is sporting a nasty little laceration to his left cheek these days.
The cut seemed to have sprouted out of nowhere, but as it turns out, it was the product of a little friendly fire taken during a Seahawks practice last week.
According to Andy Nesbitt of Fox Sports, Carroll sustained the wound during a bit of special teams play. The Seahawks coach told reporters he was cut while “returning a kickoff in practice,” which is a statement you’d only believe hearing from someone like Carroll.
“I did get hit returning a kickoff in practice this week,” Carroll said. “I jumped in to give Percy [Harvin] a break…and Derrick Coleman grabs me and [Chris] Maragos comes in and gives me a shot in the head.”
Yep, it was just another “62-year-old man fields kickoff, finds a seam and takes a bucket shot zipping up the sideline” scenario. Nothing too drastic.
In fitting fashion, Carroll said the Seahawks' special teams play was well worth getting his dome split by an NFL free safety.
“We covered kicks like wild men tonight so it was okay,” Carroll said. “If I contributed to that in any way I’ll take the hit.”
It’s nice to know what actually caused the cut on Carroll’s face—the Internet had been having fun hypothesizing what sort of sea pirate/ship boarding scenario had ended in his cheek being carved like a roast.
Alas, Carroll stepping in to give his 25-year-old wideout a breather and getting split on special teams is somehow far more B.A. than the prospect of him evading a serial killer.
That said, now is as good a time as ever to ask—nay, demand—for the show that fans deserve: Hard Knocks: Seattle.
America needs to see inside the Seahawks’ training camp. We want Pete Carroll working the jugs in white linen pants and Golden Tate overestimating himself in 1080p. The nation needs footage of Richard Sherman inspiring his teammates and angrily sending back food at Sizzler.
We’ll never get that wish—not after a Super Bowl-winning season—but we can dream. If a coach of Carroll’s age can return punts, we can hope for a Seattle Seahawks reality television show.
They call him "Click-Clack Carroll." No they don't.