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Sport Avril: Seahawks began questioning Carroll after Super Bowl XLIX

19:05  26 may  2018
19:05  26 may  2018 Source:   thescore.com

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Carroll 's Super Bowl XLIX decision will be dissected as long as football is played. The shame is that one play involving manifold factors beyond Carroll 's control will end up shaping the legacy that defines his Seattle career. That's the unfortunate byproduct of a zero-sum game in which 97 percent of the

Cliff Avril believes players started to tune out Pete Carroll after the decision to throw the ball from the 1 in Super Bowl XLIX . "I think guys started questioning him Carroll , Wilson and Sherman all publicly denied any internal strife at different points last year. The Seahawks went 9-7 and missed the playoffs

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Pete Carroll didn't just lose Super Bowl XLIX when he let Russell Wilson throw the infamous goal-line interception, he also lost his grip on the Seattle Seahawks' budding dynasty and locker room.

"I do think that the team would have bought in more to what Coach Carroll was saying instead of going the opposite way of, 'Hey, this is what we thought the foundation of the team is and that's not what happened in that particular play," former defensive end Cliff Avril told Dave Dameshek of Sports Radio 950 KJR.

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After an interception on the 1-yard-line thwarted the Seahawks chances of becoming back-to-back champs, Seattle players began questioning their Cliff Avril says Seahawks started doubting Pete Carroll , staff after Super Bowl XLIX loss. In the closing seconds of Super Bowl XLIX , the Seattle

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"So I think guys started questioning him a little more, instead of following his lead if we would have won that Super Bowl."

The Seahawks' decision to try to make Wilson the hero in the dying seconds versus the New England Patriots instead of simply handing the ball off to Marshawn Lynch remains one of the biggest head-scratchers in NFL history.

Avril, who spent another three years in Seattle following Super Bowl XLIX, believes Carroll's decision to abandon the team's run-first identity in that defining moment was a turning point for the franchise.

"If we win that Super Bowl, I think we probably would have won another one within the next two years that went by," Avril said.

Had Lynch gotten the ball, the Seahawks may very well have successfully defended their Super Bowl crown. Instead, they immediately began crumbling from within.

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Avril , who played defensive end for the Seahawks from 2013 to 2017, said on a podcast with NFL Network that teammates " began questioning " Carroll after that infamous call that cost them Super Bowl XLIX . He also added he thought the Seahawks could have won at least another Super Bowl in

Former Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril said members of the team started " questioning " head coach Pete Carroll after the Super Chris Wesseling of NFL.com passed along comments Avril made Thursday on the Dave Dameshek Football Program about the players' mindset after the Hawks

"We were so close and we weren't able to get it, so I think a lot of guys got turned off by the message," he added.

Oakland Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin, who was also on that Seahawks team, concurred with Avril's assessment:

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