RENTON, Wash. (AP) — One thing Pete Carroll learned in his nine years at Southern California was how to handle blowouts. Once the Trojans got rolling in the middle of the past decade, there were plenty of lopsided scores.
So when he faced another blowout situation in the NFL on Sunday in Seattle's 58-0 rout against Arizona, Carroll felt his team handled the sometimes uneasy situation in proper fashion.
"You either have a sense for it or you don't and I do. I'm tuned in," Carroll said. "I do know that it looks like the score just keeps going. This was a day yesterday where the ball just kept coming our way. It was a terrific day for us, but I understand, I get it."
Seattle's romp was one of the biggest shutout victories in NFL history. According to STATS, LLC, with game information back to 1950, only New England (59-0 over Tennessee in 2009) and the Los Angeles Rams (59-0 over Atlanta in 1976) posted larger shutout wins.
And Seattle's victory very easily could have been worse. The Seahawks (8-5) kicked short field goals twice in the third quarter and set a new franchise record for most points scored on Leon Washington's 3-yard touchdown run with 2:32 remaining.
That late touchdown led to some criticism of Carroll on Monday.
"Every situation we talked through. What you're trying to do, and here is probably the key, what you're trying to do is make first downs. You're trying to get first downs and keep the football, with the sensitivity of the situation," Carroll said. "You know you're going to run the football like crazy, which was awesome and we love to do that. We got a lot of things done yesterday and unfortunately on the other side that was a very hard day for those guys. I get it."
One of Carroll's goals was to get backup quarterback Matt Flynn some significant playing time in the second half after spending the entire season on the bench behind Russell Wilson. For the final 25 minutes of the second half, Wilson got to be a spectator while Flynn played for the first time since Week 17 of last season with Green Bay.