In the week following his team's loss in Super Bowl XLIX, coach Pete Carrol has been under intense scrutiny by the media. Would you say he's been treated fairly?

Seattle's head man has been incredibly open about calling the last play of the Super Bowl. It was a pass play that had it worked would have give the Seahawks an incredible victory. Instead, a great defensive play by New England held off the comeback.

Armchair quarterbacks all over the world have been accusing Carroll of not making the "right" play call, that it robbed his team of a win.

Jerry Brewer wrote Friday in the Seattle Times.

From the beginning, Carroll has been willing to face the heat. About 30 minutes after the devastating 28-24 loss to New England, he went over the play, again and again, with the media. The next day, during a postmortem at the team’s hotel in Phoenix, he was available for more questions. Since then, he has revisited the pain on his weekly radio appearance on 710 ESPN Seattle. And on Thursday, NBC’s “Today” show aired an interview, which was taped at the Seahawks’ facility in Renton.


It was crazy to see Matt Lauer doing an exclusive with the losing coach of the Super Bowl. Most coaches would’ve declined. Heck, most coaches would’ve done little more than the minimum. They would’ve made a few terse remarks after the game, grumpy all the while, and huffed off, feeling no obligation to tell the public what happened. Carroll has been open and honest the entire time. It’s a shrewd public-relations move but it’s also the authentic Carroll, a man who is always determined to recover.


Has Pete Carroll been fairly treated by the media this week, or is it just a case of sports and news outlets looking for a story where there isn't one?

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