Pete Carroll: 'I screwed it up'

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday November 25, 2012

Posted by: Chris Vannini on November 25, 2012

The Seattle Seahawks were unable to post an undefeated November after a 24-21 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

The Seahawks had won their previous two games and had a bye last week, but Pete Carroll took the blame for the loss, saying he didn't handle the off time well.

"I thought the really clear story here was that we didn't play like we normally play," he said. "We have all kinds of issues on both sides of the ball, making little mistakes and things we normally do right. I didn't do this thing right over the week off. I didn't handle it well, and I screwed it up. That's just the way it is. I can tell.

"These guys played hard, and they wanted to play right, but we made too many mistakes, and that's just not doing the job the right way. I gave them a bunch of time off. Maybe we're too young to do that, I don't know. But to look that sloppy, we haven't done that one time all year, and it's the first time we took a bye, so figure it out. I figured it out.

"It's really disappointing, because this is a really important football game. We tried to play fresh, which we were, but when you don't execute, it doesn't matter."

Watch Carroll's comments in the video below, courtesy of The Seattle Times.


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