Sunday 22 April 2018

Locker-room mutterings claim 'Lynchspiracy' after game-cinching interception

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Malcolm Butler #21 of the New England Patriots intercepts a pass by Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks intended for Ricardo Lockette #83 late in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Malcolm Butler #21 of the New England Patriots intercepts a pass by Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks intended for Ricardo Lockette #83 late in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

A disgruntled Seattle Seahawks player has accused Pete Carroll of 'anti-Lynch' motivations behind the final play call that lost the team the Superbowl.

The decision to pass instead of giving the ball to Marshawn Lynch in the final seconds of the game is one that perplexed a lot of the dejected Seahawks players. Many of them aired their frustrations in the locker room following the game.

One player accused the coach of making choices on the final play call in order to paint Russell Wilson as the saviour of the Seahawks.

"That's what it looked like", said the anonymous player, according to the Bleacher Report. 

The ill-fated pass was intercepted by Malcolm Butler of the New England Patriots, sealing the Seahawks' fate as the losers of the forty-ninth Superbowl.

A number of fans are reported to believe that the team's franchise had "more to gain" by Wilson cinching the final play instead of Lynch, who has attracted a lot of negative press in recent weeks for his refusal to speak to the media.

The comments were made in the heat of emotion following the losing play, with distraught Seahawks players questions Carroll's motives.

Another player was quoted as exclaiming ""We've got Marshawn and we throw it?"

Players were described by another reporter as "freely ripping" the last doomed play call.

Seahawks are already the bookies' favourite to win the Superbowl next year, closely followed by a repeat performance by the New England Patriots.

Meanwhile, the New York Post showed their dissatisfaction with the results on their front page, using the headline 'How Cheat It Is' to describe the Patriots' win. They also added the tagline 'Patriots deflate Seahawks' in a not-so-thinly-veiled stab at the team, whose #DeflateGate controversy rages on.

 

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