Coach Pete Carroll was asked if that was the designed play on fourth-and-10 when punter Jon Ryan took the snap and took off to his left.
“We had an opportunity,” Carroll said. “We had a look that we liked so we went after it. They did a nice job. It looked like we thought it was going to look, and they changed. They did a nice job to counter it.”
It was just one week ago that Carroll said that he was too bold calling a quarterback keeper at the end of the first half without a timeout, nullifying Seattle’s chance to kick a field goal before halftime after quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was tackled short of the end zone.
In the first half, Seattle went for it on fourth-and-2 and later faked a field goal, resulting in two turnovers on downs in St. Louis’ half of the field.
Is that aggressiveness coming from Carroll’s recognition of his offense’s shortcomings?
“We need plays,” he said. “We need play opportunities to help us. I think it’s pretty clear in that regard. We’re still looking for opportunities to make plays. We’re just trying to create. Sometimes it’s OK, and sometimes it isn’t. You’ve got to go for it sometimes to try and give us a spark, to make a play, to change the field position and all that.”