Pete Carroll on feeling of losing Super Bowl XLIX: It doesn't go away
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said in an interview with NFL Network that the feeling of losing this year's Super Bowl XLIX on the final play is one that will never go away, neither for him nor quarterback Russell Wilson.
With only seconds remaining in the game, Wilson threw a pass from New England's 1-yard line intended for receiver Ricardo Lockette in the end zone. Wilson's pass, however, was intercepted by Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, sealing New England's 28-24 win and earning New England its fourth Super Bowl title since 2001.
Carroll said it was impossible not to dwell on the sequence.
"Those kinds of occurrences? They don't go away," the coach said. "They don't go away. You just put them somewhere so you can manage them properly. It's back there."
According to Carroll, the play and the loss also weigh heavily on Wilson.
"He thinks of it every day. He told me that: Everyday it comes to mind," said Carroll. "The impact of these games are life long, one way or the other. Russell has taken it extremely hard, just because of the competitor he is, and I would expect nothing less."
Carroll, Wilson and the Seahawks finished last season 12-4 and were at the top of the league in both points and yards allowed, before losing to New England in the Super Bowl. During the 2013 season, Seattle finished 13-3 and went on to defeat the Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Carroll also said the sting of the loss could serve as motivation.
"I'm fueled by it and I always have been and there's a big part of me that doesn't want to let it go," Carroll said. "I want to make sure that I'm always with it, I always know what happened so I can learn from it."
In five seasons as coach in Seattle, Carroll, 63, has a 50-30 regular season record. He has also has gone 7-3 in the playoffs.
Wilson, 26, has started every game for the Seahawks during his three seasons with the team, compiling a 36-12 record with a 63.4 completion percentage, 9,950 yards and 72 touchdowns.