Following the Seattle Seahawks' disappointing 19-17 loss to its division rival, the San Francisco 49ers, the mood during head coach Pete Carroll's post-game press conference was understandably somber. Despite the loss, though, which cost the Seahawks a chance at the playoffs this season, Carroll told members of the media that he was proud of his team's performance, making certain to give due credit to the 49ers who he feels is a “terrific” team that “played their tails off.”
Although Carroll admitted that he was not at all pleased with the officiating during the contest, he repeatedly refused to offer up any details, stating only that it “made the difference in the game.”
For his player's efforts, though, Carroll had nothing but praise. When asked specifically about quarterback Tarvaris Jackson's critical fumble in the final two minutes which, more or less, sealed the deal for San Francisco, he was quick to defend his starting quarterback. Carroll did intimate, though, that he would prefer to see Jackson throw the ball away in those situations rather than take the hit.
“I love the way he competes” Carroll said about Jackson, before crediting the 49ers again with a great play on defense.
Carroll showed unwavering confidence in his young team and, expressed pleasure with the progress its made over the course of the season. “Our guys, I think, went toe to toe with them in a game that we really had a chance to win” explained Carroll “We've come a long way.”
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