Pete Carroll calls out a player in loss
Pete Carroll appeared to have his team ready to go Saturday. The Seattle Seahawks were giving the San Francisco 49ers problems all through the first half of their Wild Card matchup. In the second half, things fell apart for the offense. The Seahawks blew a one-point halftime lead.
The Second half was lopsided. The Seahawks were outscored 25-6 in the second half. The offense didn’t have the same fire in the second half against a stout 49ers defense. Quarterback Geno Smith had two turnovers, a fumble during a sack, and an interception in the second half. Carroll gave his explanation for what cost the Seahawks a chance against the 49ers after the early lead.
According to Gregg Bell with The News Tribune, Carroll said offensive guard Damien Lewis’ multiple penalties hurt the Seahawks. He was called three times for being illegally downfield on passing plays. Carroll said those mistakes kicked them in the butt against the 49ers.
Pete Carroll says of the lineman (Damien Lewis) being illegally downfield 3x in 2’d half, including the huge one when it was 24-17, he doesn’t know how Geno Smith can throw the ball any more quickly than the 1st one. That call “kicked us in the butt” today pic.twitter.com/2OrsYvZLIJ
— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) January 15, 2023
Twitter appeared to agree with Pete Carroll.
— Vounce back (@vountee) January 15, 2023
23-17 and about to score, when Damien Lewis decided to go foraging downfield. Seemed so innocuous at the time, but it was the first crack in the dam.
Didn’t take Niners’ pressure long to burst it.
— Detroit Lions Appreciator (@JacsonBevens) January 15, 2023
It’s going to be a long offseason for the third-year offensive lineman. Lewis wasn’t the only Seahawks player to play poorly in the second half on Saturday. But his mistakes were noticeable and should have been fixable after the first flag against him.
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