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SuperBowl XLIX: Why didn’t they RUN the ball?

by Stacie ~ February 3rd, 2015. Filed under: Coach Softball, Stacie's Thoughts.

I have to admit.  I only watched ONE football game all season and it was the SuperBowl. Even then, I didn’t really pay much attention. I was too busy talking with friends.

Anyway, one of the main things that sticks out in my mind is how much HEAT Pete Carroll (and his staff) is getting for not letting Marshawn Lynch run the ball into the end zone at the end of the game.

— Nevermind that he’s a well respected coach.

— Nevermind that he’s a very experienced coach.

— Nevermind that they won their conference.

— Nevermind that they probably knew Lynch got the call to score 5 times this season and only got in ONCE.

— Nevermind ALL that. Coaches take a LOT of heat for decisions made in a “big” loss. Period.

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So if you’ve ever been there, if you’ve ever been criticized at all as a coach, just know that you are not alone. It happens to the best. It happens to successful coaches. It happens to just about anyone who steps into any kind of competition. There WILL be criticism. That doesn’t make you a failure. Remember that.

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2 Responses to SuperBowl XLIX: Why didn’t they RUN the ball?

  1. Ruby

    Excellent point! Didn’t really think of it that way.

    It’s funny because in my 12U’s last tournament we did a few things a little differently in hopes of getting the best out of our girls, and based on the feedback from a few parents, it wasn’t the best idea. Lol While I respect their feedback, I didn’t question my decisions TOO much considering we had stats on hand, and we watched closely as we prepare our girls each game and made our decisions accordingly.

    So yeah, cool way of thinking about Pete Carolls decision is to step in his shoes for a moment.

  2. Stacie

    Sometimes you won’t know unless you TRY! Just a chance to learn something you didn’t know before 🙂

    You’ve gotta take those chances at some point.

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