Does Pete Carroll realize he doesn’t have unlimited challenges?
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and the referee crew for tonight’s Rams/Seahawks game obviously didn’t see eye-to-eye. After winning his first two replay challenges, Carroll earned his third replay challenge and wasted no time in challenging an apparently bad spot that resulted in a fourth and one with just 13 minutes left in the second quarter.
— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) December 16, 2016
Third time wasn’t so lucky for Carroll as he was unsuccessful. Despite that, the Seahawks went for it on fourth down and while they failed to convert, a Rams penalty gave them a new set of downs. The Seahawks would then kick a field goal to go up 10-0.
People got a real kick out of Carroll’s penchant for throwing the challenge flag.
Some highlights from tonight’s game: pic.twitter.com/A1dRbTRa6s
— SB Nation (@SBNation) December 16, 2016
“Wow, sir, you hit on 20 but now you have 21.”
PETE CARROLL: “Hit.”
“Sir, you can’t hi-“
PETE CARROLL: /throws flag onto blackjack table
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) December 16, 2016
"Grandpa, tell me about the time Pete Carroll challenged three spots in the first 18 minutes of a Thursday night game."
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) December 16, 2016
— Ramblin' Fan (@RamblinFan) December 16, 2016
Love the official's sass when he says the call stands after Pete Carroll's won two spot challenges in the first half. #TNF
— Kevin Townsend (@kevinstownsend) December 16, 2016
*Turns off TNF*
*Red Flag smashes through window*
REF: "Pete Carroll is challenging the spot of your Christmas tree in the living room"#TNF
— Brocktologist (@Brocktologist_) December 16, 2016
Defying conventional logic, I’m pretty sure that was the earliest a head coach had ever used three replay challenges in a game. Maybe Carroll had a point in reviewing these plays but he should know that you only get up to three challenges in a game. And if something happens at a crucial point toward the end of the game, just like saving timeouts, you’re going to wish you had saved a challenge.
Then again, it’s the Rams. So as long as the Seahawks don’t screw things up, they should be winning by at least two touchdowns by the fourth quarter. But seriously Pete, have someone else in charge of throwing the flag because I think you may have a problem.
[Photo: Elaine Thompson/AP]