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Carroll says sting of his Super Bowl play call will never go away

Russell Wilson, Pete Carroll

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) talks with head coach Pete Carroll, right, before an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)


Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says he and quarterback Russell Wilson may never get over the last play call of the Super Bowl, when Wilson threw a game-sealing interception at the 1-yard line.

Carroll told NFL Network that he doesn’t think it’s possible to move past something like that.

“Those kinds of occurrences? They don’t go away. They don’t go away. You just put them somewhere so you can manage them properly. It’s back there,” Carroll said.

According to Carroll, that’s not necessarily a bad thing because it becomes motivation for this year.

“I’m fueled by it and I always have been and there’s a big part of me that doesn’t want to let it go. I want to make sure that I’m always with it, I always know what happened so I can learn from it,” Carroll said.

Carroll said Russell Wilson was devastated by the ending of the Super Bowl.

“He thinks of it every day. He told me that: Every day it comes to mind,” Carroll said. “The impact of these games are life long, one way or the other. I can only imagine what it was like to be the Buffalo Bills. I don’t know how that would have been for them. Not just once, but four times in a row, for years and years and years and years to have to deal with that. I can’t even fathom that and I’m not going to -- that’s not going to happen. Russell has taken it extremely hard, just because of the competitor he is, and I would expect nothing less.”

The question now facing the Seahawks is whether the sting of the loss in the Super Bowl will motivate them to get better, or whether losing the Super Bowl will result in them taking a step backward. No team has won the Super Bowl the year after losing it since the Dolphins in Super Bowl VI and Super Bowl VII. Perhaps the Seahawks can do it.