By Bob Condotta
Seattle Times staff reporter
Seattle’s 17-16 loss to the Rams on Sunday in Inglewood, Calif., left lots of day-after questions about clock management and penalties.
Here’s a review of what coach Pete Carroll said about some of those topics Monday.
Smith made ‘good call’ on final running play
Turns out, nothing was necessarily wrong with Geno Smith’s headset as time ran out in Sunday’s 17-16 loss to the Rams.
Instead, Carroll said Monday that in the hustle and bustle of the moment as Seahawks players ran to the line of scrimmage after a 21-yard pass to DK Metcalf, Smith simply couldn’t hear clearly as coaches tried to give him a play call over the headset in his helmet to relay to the rest of the team.
With Seattle facing a first down at the Rams’ 39-yard line and with no timeouts remaining, Smith called a play of his own — a run out of shotgun formation by rookie Zach Charbonnet.
Charbonnet gained just 2 yards on a play that snapped with 23 seconds.
The clock then ran down to nine seconds before Smith spiked the ball. That brought on Jason Myers for a 55-yard field goal to win the game. Instead, Myers’ kick fell wide right.
Smith said after the game that he couldn’t hear anything so he made the play call on his own.
Carroll clarified that there was no malfunction of the headset.
“In the hurry to get it done, the communication didn’t come through to him, so he just went ahead and made the call,” Carroll said. “We were calling it, and we were talking to him, but it happened so quick, and there was so little time there, that as he was getting prepared for it, he realized he needed to take over and make the call.
“It happens all the time. He has the freedom. He has to do things on his own sometimes, in line with what we would normally think. That was a good call, a good opportunity. We just didn’t block it as well as we needed to, to pop the ball like we wanted to.”
Asked if the call from the sidelines would have been to spike the ball and stop the clock, Carroll said no, but he wouldn’t say what the call would have been.
“No,” Carroll said. “That’s the only insight I’m giving you, no.”
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I swear to God Geno could pull his pants down and start jacking off on the field and PC would defend it. Then he says they had a different play called, not a spike, but it is a secret what they had in mind. Also now says there was no headset malfunction like Geno had said but there was just too much "HUSTLE AND BUSTLE" to get the play call in to Geno. What a shit show.
Look at the routes on 3rd and 3. No wonder we are worst in the league at 3rd down conversions. How does it not even occur to them to not have at least one receiver run a route just beyond the line to gain in game 10 of Waldron's 3rd season as OC?????????????????????????????
Seahawks gotta Seahawk. It’s fucking stupid. Go break down every third and eight? I am willing to bet there are more short options on third and long or medium then there are on third and short. This staff makes this team hard to root for.D-train wrote: ↑Tue Nov 21, 2023 1:23 pmLook at the routes on 3rd and 3. No wonder we are worst in the league at 3rd down conversions. How does it not even occur to them to not have at least one receiver run a route just beyond the line to gain in game 10 of Waldron's 3rd season as OC?????????????????????????????
Odd that there was too much confusion to get a play in. In other words, they called the slant to DK, but didn’t think it would work because they didn’t have another play drawn up. I guess that can be expected from a rookie head coach and play caller. Oh, wait…