pete carroll interview after super bowl xlix

on usa today‘s for the win blog, chris chase posted about a matt lauer interview on the today show with seattle seahawks head coach pete carroll.

chase believes that lauer asks “fine questions and follow-ups” (follow-ups are questions generated during the course of the conversation by carroll’s answers). and that the interview is worthy (deserving) of twenty minutes of your time.

pete carroll talks about super bowl xlix with matt lauer

seattle seahawks head coach pete carroll talks to matt lauer about how super bowl xlix ended.

at the beginning of the video, carroll explains that he has needed to be accountable (ready with an explanation, responsible) in the days since the super bowl.  at the same time, as the headline of the article says

Pete Carroll insists he didn’t blow the Super Bowl

blow it is an idiom that means failing to take advantage of an opportunity.

in defense of his decision to pass the ball rather than (instead of) give it to running back marshawn lynch inside the one-yard line in the final minute of super bowl xlix, carroll addressed the situation hypothetically

the call would have been a great one if we catch it. it would have been just fine and nobody would have thought twice about it.

later in the interview lauer asks him if 5 years down the road he will be thinking (also hypothetically) about what coulda, shoulda been.

carroll is not about shoulda, coulda, woulda. (christian petersen/getty images)

comparing carroll in this interview to how he was facing the media immediately after the game, chase commented

this was not the hyper, rambling (but still classy) coach we heard in the minutes after the game.

rambling can be used to describe someone who loses focus and speaks longer than necessary. classy means respected or with style.

coach carroll talking to reporters after super bowl xlix (matt york / associated press)

additionally, chase notes that carroll

neither criticizes his own players for the play’s poor execution, nor praises malcolm butler for his amazing interception.

neither….nor is used to present two alternatives that didn’t happen. it is the negative equivalent of either…..or.

fun english practice  :) richyrocks english on youtube

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