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Pete Carroll: Michael Bennett ‘lost his mind a little bit’ during Sunday’s loss


Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll acknowledged that defensive lineman Michael Bennett made a “real mistake” by going after Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton following an interception during Sunday’s loss.

After Seahawks safety Earl Thomas intercepted the Bengals signal-caller in the end zone late in the first half, Bennett was whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct for laying out Dalton, in essence nullifying a 68-yard return and costing the Seahawks 50 yards in field position.

And while Carroll in a sense hearkened back to the violent-but-halcyon days of yore when quarterbacks were targeted during returns following turnovers, he nevertheless conceded it was a poor decision on Bennett’s part.

“He just lost his mind a little bit and went after the quarterback too aggressively,” said Carroll, via ESPN. “I’ll tell you this, in the old days in interception returns, that was kind of the style that you go after the quarterback and you tried to get a shot on him. That was like back in the sixties. Unfortunately, it was a real mistake.”

The Seahawks ended up converting on a field goal attempt following the turnover and went on to lose 27-24 in overtime. While there’s no way to predict what Seattle would have done had Bennett not been whistled for the personal foul, costing your team that much field position obviously hurts.

To add insult to injury, there is a reasonable chance Bennett will be disciplined, in all likelihood a fine, for his conduct.