By HCR Staff | Jan. 13, 2020
You hear coaches say it all the time: winning in the NFL is hard. One reason why is that head coaches are confronted with so many decisions and choices that can affect the outcome of the game.
And those decisions start with the coin toss.
We think Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll may have lost the game at the toss, which Seattle won.
We know that may sound odd, but hear us out.
After winning the coin toss, Seattle elected to defer…meaning they were electing to give the ball to the Packers to start the game.
The Packers are one of the best front-running teams in the NFL during the Aaron Rodgers era–he plays with a bigger playbook with the lead and he knows how to close out games.
So giving him the ball first, at home, is a mistake in our view.
We felt the better decision by Carroll would have been to let Russell Wilson have the ball first, and the first chance to score, and if he does that, that helps take the crowd out of the game early. The Packers generally don’t play well from behind–in losses this year to the Los Angeles Chargers and San Francisco 49ers, for example, they got behind early and their effort level was extremely poor for the rest of the game.
Carroll didn’t agree with us. He was comfortable giving Rodgers the ball first. Essentially, Carroll gave away a potential advantage.
Like the Hall of Famer that he’ll be, Rodgers scored first, the crowd got loud, and the Seahawks played from behind the entire game and never were able to catch up.
It seems as if the coin toss shouldn’t be a big deal right? But it is, and in our view, Carroll lost this game at that point.