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Six things we learned from Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll on 710 ESPN Seattle

Key takeaways from Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll's post Super Bowl conversation with 710 ESPN Seattle's "Brock and Salk"


On Tuesday morning, two days after the Seahawks' 28-24 loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX, head coach Pete Carroll joined the team's flagship radio station 710 ESPN Seattle for a conversation with Brock Huard and Mike Salk.

Here are six things we learned from Carroll's segment with "Brock and Salk":

1. He Told Darrell Bevell To Throw It

Carroll reiterated what he told reporters on Sunday night following the game: He told Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell to throw the football with 26 seconds to play in regulation facing 2nd-and-goal from the 1-yard-line, trailing 28-24.

"Darrell did what I told him to do," Carroll said. "He was being perfectly in line. I told him to throw it."

The play, as you well know by now, resulted in a Russell Wilson interception on a ball intended for Seattle wideout Ricardo Lockette, who was running a quick slant behind the route of wide receiver Jermaine Kearse. With the Patriots showing a goal-line package on the play and the Seahawks in a three wide receiver-set, Carroll said the clock and matchups favored the play call.

"We've got three wide receivers, they've got goal line guys," Carroll added earlier in Tuesday's conversation. "Throw it. Throw it Bev. This is that time right now. This is the down where we throw it because we have the better matchups to throw it and the lesser matchups to run it.

"That doesn't make anybody feel any good. I know that, but that's the mentality."

2. Richard Sherman Might Not Need Tommy John Surgery

Before the Seahawks left the team hotel on Monday in Phoenix, Carroll confirmed a report that surfaced in the aftermath of Super Bowl XLIX that said cornerback Richard Sherman would undergo Tommy John surgery to repair damaged ligaments in the left elbow he injured in the NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers.

But on Tuesday, Carroll said the procedure isn't a certainty.

"I might have been misled on the Tommy John thing," Carroll said. "He's not a pitcher, he's not a left-hander. Somebody told me something that there's a choice here to be made - Sherm may not have to have that kind of surgery. If Sherm was a thrower he would, but we'll see what happens with that one."

What is certain, however, is the birth of Sherman's first child. The All-Pro Seahawk and his girlfriend Ashley Moss are expecting their son any day.

"Him and his girl have to go and have that baby first," said Carroll. "That's what's most important.'

3. The Team Is In Negotiations With Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch's future was a brief talking point after Carroll was asked what his expectations are of the Seahawks running back this offseason and into next year.

"We'll see," said Carroll. "We've been in the midst of negotiations for a long time for the future, so we'll see how that goes."

  1. Jeremy Lane Has A Broken Wrist

After picking off Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the red zone during the first quarter of Sunday's Super Bowl, Seahawks nickel cornerback Jeremy Lane suffered a wrist injury during his interception return.

"Jeremy Lane had a really nasty broken wrist," Carroll said, noting Lane has not yet had surgery. "And it was a really difficult break that's going to take some time."

5. Patriots CB Malcolm Butler Did Some Marvelous Things

Carroll gave plenty of credit where credit is due - to New England rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler for his game-sealing interception.

"It's unbelievable how he factored into the end of that game," Carroll said of Butler. "He starred in the fourth quarter."

Before his Super Bowl-clinching pick, Butler was in defense on fourth-quarter passes to Lockette and Kearse, deflecting the ball that Kearse eventually came down with after the it had ping-ponged around in the air.

"This kid came out of nowhere," Carroll said. "I don't know how he did it, but more power to him and I hope he continues to have a terrific career. He came out of nowhere on us and did some marvelous things and made the plays they needed to win the game."

6. He Thinks The Locker Room Will Be Stronger Than Ever In Time

Win or lose, Carroll said his message to the team is always 'What's Next?'

He knows the Seahawks cannot get stuck in the moment. Just as the club moved on from last year's Super Bowl win, the Seahawks are now faced with the tough task of responding to the NFL's title game outcome from the opposite end of the spectrum.

"I'm in charge of this deal and I've got to be clear about it, and I am clear about it," said Carroll. "I need to hopefully skillfully share with the guys around us so that they can use their powers of resiliency, they can go to the grit that is the makeup of this team and these players, and bounce right back the way that we need to bounce back.

"We're going to be stronger for this, we're going to be better for this. It's just cruddy right now that we have to feel this, but it is what it is and we're going to do that. It's just going to take some time."

A truly humbling arrival home from Super Bowl XLIX when 12s lined the streets once again to welcome home their Seattle Seahawks.

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