Seattle Seahawks Pete Carroll tries to make sense of ‘disappointing’ late loss to Chicago Bears – ‘I need to do more’

SEATTLE – The Seattle Seahawks’ first losing season since 2011 hit a new low on Sunday when they lost 25-24 at Lumen Field of the Chicago Bears, a team with four wins that went to their third option at quarterback in veteran Nick Foles.

What coach Pete Carroll most liked was not who the Seahawks fell to, but how – after leading by 10 points at halftime and by the same margin in the fourth quarter.

“That was almost as disappointing of a loss as we had,” Carroll said after the game. “We were in control in so many ways in that game to win it and put it off; we just never did it and let them stay alive, and they found a way to make their plays. We had to do some things. do to give them that chance, and they took advantage of it, and give them credit.They have trouble all year too, and it’s a big win for those guys.

“I feel I need to do more. At a time like this I feel I need to find ways to help our boys more so that we do not get into a situation where we even give them a chance.”

Carroll’s future was the source of speculation with the Seahawks wrestling their worst season since becoming their head coach in 2010, although de facto team owner Jody Allen gave him an extension just in the fall of 2020 which by the 2025 season rint.

Sunday’s loss officially eliminated the Seahawks from the playoffs, an outcome that had long been adopted. At 5-10, they have lost double figures for the first time since going 5-11 under Jim Mora in 2009. They are also confident that they will finish last in their division for the first time since 1996, when they were playing in the AFC West. According to ESPN Stats & Information, this was the second longest-running active streak in the NFL without a final spot.

“Definitely surprised,” quarterback Russell Wilson said of how the Seattle season went.

While complaining about all the old and new problems the Seahawks condemned on Sunday, Carroll laid the onus on himself.

“I take it the other way around,” he said when asked if he was surprised his players had not responded. “I accept it when I have to do it better. I do not call [out] the players for not responding. I need to respond better. I need to do more for her and help her more. Maybe that’s the coach’s ego or something. But I do not like to hold myself in that kind of responsibility. I just have to find a way. I expect our other coaches and the players to do the same. Everyone gives everything they have to give us every shot to be as good as we can be. And it’s starting with me. “

One of the many mistakes the Seahawks made Sunday was a missed opportunity midway through the fourth quarter to extend their lead to at least 10 points with a field goal. Wilson was fired for a 13-yard loss on third down, leading to a 39-yard effort that Jason Myers missed wide left.

Foles later led an 80-yard touchdown drive that he capped with a touchdown to former Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham. Instead of kicking the linked PAT, Bears coach Matt Nagy chose to go for two and got it, with Foles beating Damiere Byrd in the back of the end zone.

Wilson (16 of 27, 181 yards, two touchdowns) described his decision to try to get away from pressure on third down as a risk-reward game that could have – and often has – resulted in a touchdown for Tyler Lockett. Part of his thinking, he said, was that a sack would have left her still in a makeable battlefield.

“We’ve done it so many times,” Wilson said. “We hit Tyler and other guys, and unfortunately we could not make that game. Then of course the situation happens where we do not end up making it, but I tried to play ball like I know how to do and always to do and try to move and just try to see if we can find a touchdown there. “

Carroll said the 13-yard field goal effort would be closer, but that Myers should have made it anyway.

“In that situation – third down, in field goal range, to go with 10 – we have to get rid of football,” he said. “We can not take a sack there. We need to see again what happened on that piece, but I’m talking about it: I need to do that. I need to get him to do this. I need to get Russ to do that. “I have to get the coaches to make sure we remember him well enough that this did not happen. You’re sailing that from the end one right there, kicking the field goal.”

After hitting 24 of 24 last season to score field goals, Myers has won 13 of 19 this year. He missed twice in a three-point loss to New Orleans and also missed a PAT in regulation of an extended defeat to Tennessee.

The Seahawks are now 2-5 in games decided by eight points or less, after failing several times to regain the finish that has led them to so many narrow victories in the last nine seasons. From Wilson’s rookie season in 2012 to 2020, they were 47-36-1 in single-score games, according to ESPN Stats & Information. That was good for the NFL’s sixth-best winning percentage in such games.

Sunday was the second time this season that they lost at home, despite leading by at least 10 points in the fourth quarter. The Tennessee game in Week 2 was the other. According to ESPN Stats & Information, there has been only one other instance of a team losing a game this way at home this season.

“I think this is the biggest and most difficult part of this season,” Wilson said. “… In our opinion, we need to be able to end up on the offensive better. We can perform better. We can do small things better …”

Wilson’s future is also in question after he went public after last season with his frustrations, which sparked trade talks with the Bears. When asked after the game what’s going on now, given that his stated desire to win another championship this season no longer plays out, Wilson kept his focus on the here and now.

“We get up tomorrow morning, and we give everything we have and go back to work, watch the movie,” he said. “I’ll look at it tonight and see where we can get better and where I can get better and continue to learn as much as I can. Never changes in that sense.”

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