The Seattle Seahawks may just be the NFL’s best team right now. That’s how topsy-turvy this season has been thus far – a squad that started out worse than the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers legitimately looks like it would dismantle either one in the playoffs.
You will recall, last Sunday Seattle destroyed the Cardinals in a 58-0 rout. Yesterday, they were up to their old tricks once again – taking down the Buffalo Bills 50-17.
After the Cardinals outing, Pete Carroll and Co. were accused of running up the score once the game was no longer in doubt. They vehemently denied the charge. This week, presumably in an effort to prove that running up the score is totally not in their genetic makeup, they ran a fake punt despite being up by 30 at the time.
After the game, Carroll was sort of remorseful for calling that play.
“I feel bad about this,” he said (via Larry Brown Sports). “I hear from the guys about the fake punt. That was part of our game plan. It was something I could have called off and I didn’t. It was an automatic for us, and I didn’t do it. It just happened. We’re trying to make first downs, so I let it go. It’s unfortunate that it comes across that we’re doing something wrong there. That’s my fault totally for not stopping it from happening.”
This idea of “pro athletes shouldn't run up scores on other pro athletes” is ridiculous. It’s one thing when you don’t want kids who are doing stuff for fun to get their spirits broken – but grown men who are paid to be the best? These guys should never take their foot off the gas.
Carroll has nothing to be sorry about.