Pete's post game presser (credit to cha at SDB)
"I have no place in my brain for this outcome. Defense really effective today. Two turnovers, really hard to overcome it. Extraordinary year, really proud of guys for being so strict and regimented through this. Learned a lot and grown a lot. Football season was supposed to keep going for us. Unfortunately not able to get it done today. Congrats to the rams. Frustrating to be done. Suddenness nothing like it. But that’s what you’ve got to. really disappointed."
No place in your brain? Sounds like you went into the game expecting an easy win and never even thought you could lose. Did you transfer that feeling to the team. Is that why the Offense didn't seem to have any fire and seemed to not take the game seriously?
I'm happy that PC thinks he has "learned a lot and grown a lot." Seems to me with all this learning and growing we wouldn't be seeing the same exact reasons for our playoff failures for the last 5 trips in a row. Generally, when people see something isn't working they try something different. That's what learning and growing really means.
The "suddenness" of it all? Is that why you had such a glazed, foggy look on the sidelines? Just couldn't wrap your mind around what was going on and think about how to counter what you were seeing? For those watching it was 3 slow hours of excruciating ineptitude.
What happened on 4th down delay call? “Talking it over, discussing plays, got late, screwed it up. Wasn’t clear enough. Really like to have made that. Didn’t function cleanly like we needed to.
To those who say PC lets his OC call plays - BS! He should make the decision go/nogo - not give his "input" on which play to call and add another layer of thought to the decision-making process. He was involved in the SB XLIX playcall. He was involved in this playcall. How many playcalls does he insert his opinion into? Is the OC really running the Offense. Is this why the Seahawks, in the entirety of PC's time her, have always had issues getting the play in on time? Is this why it's impossible for RW to establish tempo and rhythm?
They had several minutes and still couldn't get a play call in on time? Wow.
Rams coached better today? “Defensed played well. Hard to find time, ran the ball some. That didn’t change, they’ve been like that all year long. They did a really good job.”
I notice you never answered the question. Do you even understand just how badly you were outcoached today? Probably not.
Comments on the way RW played? “Really hard. I thought it was really hard. They make a fantastic INT for a TD. Big play loomed for 7 points. No mistake by Russ, great play by him. Sacked 5 times, it’s tough. No surprise, this is how they’ve played vs others. Wanted to play like we did last time. Really hard on Russ. Couldn’t function clean enough. Penalties backed us up. Up against it all day.”
Wanted to play like we did last time? Did you even refresh the game plan at all? Didn't think the Rams would adjust based on what they saw in the game they lost? Maybe not, since you don't seem to.
Why no Timeout on 4th? “Thought we’d get it off. I could see it going, but I didn’t mind we had to kick the football.”
Didn't mind kicking? You were down 2 scores with 9:32 left in the game and an offense that hadn't been scoring. Kicking is OK in that situation? Unreal.
Rams run game better than Week 16? “Akers did a nice job. Really consistent, they found out where they wanted to go, we didn’t stop it. They kept pecking away. They were in control of game score wise, after that TD, they stayed real close to the vest and kept hammering away. Difference probably two 44 yard plays, fortunate plays by them. Two really big plays, 80-90 yards of offense changed the field position.”
Still fixated on TOXIC Differential. Here's a clue Pete: TD is the outcome when you a playing well, it's a side-effect. Trying to make it your goal is putting the cart before the horse.
Answers looking for in pass game? “Somethings don’t want to speak to. But couldn’t find chunk opps. Seemed like during season, after halfway point, hit so much early, people found a way to stay back. Maybe we were going for it more than we needed to, didn’t switch gears. As I look back, I got a lot to figure out. Second part of year, good D’s we played, kept us out of that mode. Wish we would’ve adapted better under those circumstances.”
"Maybe we were going for it more than we needed to, didn’t switch gears." Maybe? When the 3rd down slow-developing pass plays have hardly worked all season, what made you think they'd work against a fired up #1 defense?
"As I look back, I got a lot to figure out." No $h!t. Maybe during the game you could have looked forward instead. Maybe instead of dialing up yet another 3rd down gor-for-broke play you could have, I don't know, maybe thought about trying to get a frigging first down!?!?! 1 for 12 on first downs when it matters is maybe the first clue you're doing it wrong.
Sacks and Turnovers vs Rams? “Stars up from with their rush, nice job scheme wise, 5 man rush difficult. That’s how you stop the passing game, rush the passer. Can’t find ways to stop it, bad things happen, turnovers, sacks. Did it last game.”
I can't even. OMG
Message to team heading into offseason? “Find a better place to put it tomorrow. No answers today, frustrated. Didn’t plan on getting knocked out. Weren’t able to, they had their game. Eventually get back to mentality of next go round. Guys will have to adapt once they get out of here – very controlled setting. World’s going crazy about COVID, I’m concerned for our guys.”
Clueless. COVID, really? COVID?
Original OL – difficult to protect and penalties? “Surprised, yes. Wish we’d have found a way to run more to slow them down. Attempting. Donald went out, we wanted to try and throw the ball, weren’t able to get enough out of it.”
Surprised? Really. You've seen this monster Dline for how many years? Surprised? Obviously, as you seemed to, once again, have no clue or gameplan on how to counter it.
Troublesome year after year, slow starts, clock mgmt, things like that? “Uh, that’s a way you can look at it Joe. So many clock opps you don’t mention because they work out fine. We want to do all of them perfectly. Has been part of our makeup has been sacks, not being able to keep russ clean. Causes issues for us. Causes issues for opponents too, getting out and around. Do get sacked a lot and reoccurred.”
translation: "Yeah, we suck at it. We've always sucked at it. But other teams have problems with it sometimes, too."
They are familiar with you, how come not the other way around? “There’s one factor playing these guys – #99. Hasn’t just torn us up, tore everybody up. Significant factor, tilts it. When he got banged up, hoped take adv. That’s the factor. Wish we could find a way to stop him. When you pay as much attn to him as you have to, other guys factor in. Fantastic pass rushes. Huge part of being a good FB team. Good nucleus, coaches done a great job, factor hasn’t gone away.”
translation: "They have a really good player and I have no clue how to counter. When he got knocked out of the game I hoped we would do better but I really didn't understand how to take advantage. The other coach is really good and I just can't seem to figure it out."
even though accomplished much this year, loss Leave a sour taste? “Today it does. Watching other teams going on, sick to your stomach. Very difficult. Not the day to talk about what we accomplished. Feel like crap today. Have to live with it. There’ll be time. Hard to get to 12. Hard to get a playoff game at home. Tough to give away.”
"There'll be time." You just got 5 more years to try and figure it out. Fans got 5 more years to watch the same exact thing over and over and over.
Rashaad Penny injury? “Stumbled in practice Thursday, hit ground hard rocked his knee a bit. The OTHER knee. Couldn’t get back. Alex ready to go.”
Good thing Alex was ready to go. Maybe he could have gotten a carry or two? Nah. Run game wasn't effective enough. Let's stick with a passing game that is not effective at all. If we keep trying, it will work eventually. Rah Rah. Go Hawks!
"This season has been such an extraordinary year in so many ways and so much around us, and just all that has to do with life. I'm really proud of these guys for hanging tough throughout the whole process of it, being so strict and regimented. To make it through this time as healthy as we did. We've learned a lot, and they've grown a lot in all that we had to come to understand. This football season, it was supposed to just keep going for us and that's the way we were planning. Unfortunately, we weren't able to get it done today. So, a nice job by the Rams, really good by their defense, and they found enough in their running game to keep it going for their offense. It's really frustrating to be done. The suddenness of this, there's nothing like it. You just have to deal with it, so that's what we're going to do. We have meetings tomorrow, and we'll come back and try to figure it out a little bit more and put it in perspective, but really disappointed in this outcome."
"The two turnovers were really costly, that's how it goes," Carroll said. "You can look at our whole season and when we take care of the football and we don't give it up, we win. Today, being down two, it's really hard to overcome it. You can do it, we just haven't."
PC thinks the turnovers were the primary reason the Seahawks lost. We've talked on this forum about this issue before - he and RW seem hyper fixated on turnovers whether they win or lose. How about coming up with a decent gameplan first, and worrying about turnovers after that.
I've been supportive of PC since he got here. I have been foolishly optimistic throughout, even headed into this game. My eyes are finally open. I was wrong and the "Debbie Downer" posters were right. The game has passed PC by, he has no intention of adapting and growing, and even if he tried I don't think he has the ability to be successful anymore.
I'll watch the games because I'm a fan. But I have no expectations of post-season success as long as PC is here. There's a big Seahawks Fan door in front of me. The sign says "Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here".