Originally posted on Seattle Times  |  Last updated 10/6/11
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RENTON -- Pete Carroll doesn't just expect the best-case scenario, he relies upon it. He's willing to err on the side of optimism even if it costs his team points. And it has. But this has nothing to do with Steven Hauschka's 61-yard field-goal attempt on Sunday against Atlanta. That's only the latest example of end-of-the-half play-calling that could be charitably described as aggressive and in retrospect can look foolhardy. Carroll is simply not going to play it safe. Not even when he says he's going to play it safe. For better or worse, Seattle has a coach that believes so resolutely in the bright side of a play that he leaves his team vulnerable on the other end when it doesn't work out. It's a trend that earned him a reputation for gutsiness at USC where he often had a prohibitive edge in talent, but that same penchant for taking risks has cost the Seahawks points in his 20 regular-season games in charge of the team. And if you're still scratching your head over the concl...
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