Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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Seattle coach Pete Carroll is still feeling the heat for outsmarting himself and icing kicker Matt Bryant during last Sunday's divisional playoff game against Atlanta, who missed his first attempt. Carroll acted surprised after the miss like 'who called the timeout?'You did Pete. On national television in plain sight of the cameras, Carroll instructed the official on exactly when to call it. Bryant, with a practice kick under his belt, nailed a 49 yard field goal to send the Seahawks home for the year.

8 Comments:
  • Pete Carroll needs to go back to college and leave the pros to pros. Yes the idea of icing the kicker was good, but execution sucked. When it's an iffy at best kick, you MUST do it BEFORE the ball is snapped, those 2 or 3 seconds don't matter. You absolutely do NOT do it after the ball is snapped. Exactly what happened is what is likely - the kicker is expecting to be iced so is not fully prepared and does not fully follow through. All you did was give him a practice kick so he can correct it on the real kick. The loss is 100% on the coach.
  • Good comment!
  • you must have been watching a different game than everybody else. pete was complaining that they kicked the ball after time out had been called. the idiots on tv that call the games need to go back to school. you on the otherhand probably don't meet the qualifcation to attend
  • That is exactly true as to why he was complaining. I have the game DVRed, and the linemen had already stood up after hearing the whistle BEFORE the snapper snapped it and the kicker kicked it. The snapper, holder, and the kicker all knew the play was dead but took that liberty because the NFL allows it and that is what they're taught to do. The refs should have penalized (if a penalty is possible) the falcons for such an egregious "practice" kick. Practice kicks are illegal in the NFL but Í don't even know if they can call a penalty as Í've never seen it and I'd be willing to bet, nobody knows where the line is drawn. Common sense knows that they never should have kicked that kick.
  • Totally ridiculous to state that a professional kicker is expecting to be "iced" so he doesn't follow through on a kick. That might be the stupidest comment I've ever heard. Don't you think he can't assume that and is trying his best to make the kick. What an idiot!
  • I'm surprised none of you know the real story here. Pet Carroll wasn't acting like he didn't call the time out and he wasn't upset about that. Before the game the refs called coaches and captains to discuss the game and specifically indicated that they wouldn't allow kickers/teams to take a practice kick if a timeout was called in time. When the did exactly that, Carroll had good reason to be upset - that's what he was reacting to. If you've been paying attention and being honest, icing the kicker in this way is more common than not. It doesn't necessarily work but it very rarely has this result (where the practice kick is allowed and missed and the regulation kick goes through). It's unfortunate but it isn't bad coaching. Carroll has brought the Seahawks along each year and they'll definitely contend next year. You'd be lucky to have a such a quality coach fools.
  • C'mon guys don't whine about it. The refs did blow the whistle but the Falcons kicked it anyway. And why not? I would have too. Pete made the biggest mistake by going for it on 4th down instead of kicking an easy FG. Falcons had that FB Blast all scouted out. It was only the 2nd qtr. Kick the damn FG. I still love Pete but I hope he learned his lesson
  • The kick isn't the issue here. But Pete did lose this game! ALWAYS, I repeat ALWAYS take the points , especially in the first half. If he had taken the TWO field goals available in the first half the score would have been 20-6 at half! Then who knows what happens in the second half. BUT if the scenario that did take place happens the Hawks win unless the Falcons score a TD and extra point to tie in the last 31 seconds. You ALWAYS take the points (especially in a playoff scenario) Until the 4th Quarter , then go for outside chances if need be. I still cannot believe that forgoing the FG's even took place!
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