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Bill Belichick: Criticism of Pete Carroll, Seahawks ‘totally out of line’

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While a very vocal majority believes that the decision by the Seattle Seahawks to pass the ball in the waning moments of Super Bowl XLIX instead of handing it off to Marshawn Lynch was a foolish play call — or at least a questionable one — there’s one person who perhaps surprisingly has decided to staunchly defend both Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and the play call:

Bill Belichick.

Despite the fact that the play call resulted in the most disastrous outcome possible with Malcolm Butler intercepting Russell Wilson at the goal line that sealed New England’s seemingly improbable victory, the Patriots head coach insists that the Seahawks, Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator certainly are not deserving of the vitriolic criticism to which they have been subjected.

“There has been a lot of criticism that I don’t think is anywhere close to being deserved or founded,” Belichick said Tuesday on WEEI in Boston, via ESPN.com. “That football team is very good, very well-coached, and Pete does a great job.”

Instead of it being a terrible play call, Belichick argues it was simply the case of great execution by Patriots players. Further, the Patriots coach suggested that those who have been savaging the Seahawks are knowledgeable nor competent enough to venture an opinion.

“Malcolm and Brandon [Browner], on that particular play, just made a great play,” Belichick added. “I think the criticism they’ve gotten for the game is totally out of line and by a lot of people who I don’t think are anywhere near even qualified to be commenting on it.”

Belichick, who declared his utmost respect for both Carroll and the Seahawks leading up to the teams’ Super Bowl showdown, said he sympathizes with both the coach and the team for the heartbreak they are experiencing in light of such a devastating loss.

“I wouldn’t be able to say enough about Seattle. They’re a great football team, well-coached,” Belichick said. “They deserve so much credit for what they’ve done, and how well they’ve done it.

“I know they are disappointed, as we’ve been in that spot a couple times ourselves. So the high that we feel is probably not as high as the low that they feel. But that’s a really good football team.”

While it is easy for Belichick to issue a fierce defense of Carroll and the Seahawks as he basks in the glow of Super Bowl glory, in all likelihood the coach would have expressed the same amount of respect for his opponent if he and his team would have ended up on the losing side.

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