SEATTLE — The Seattle Seahawks’ first losing season since 2011 hit a new low point Sunday when they lost 25-24 at Lumen Field to the Chicago Bears , a four-win team that was down to its third option at quarterback in veteran Nick Foles .
What seemed to gall coach Pete Carroll the most wasn’t who the Seahawks fell to but how — after leading by 10 points at halftime and by the same margin in the fourth quarter.
"That was about as disappointing of a loss as we’ve had," Carroll said postgame. "We were in control in so many ways in that game to go win it and put it away we just never did and let them stay alive, and they found a way to make their plays. We had to do some stuff to give them that opportunity, and they took advantage of it, and give them credit. They’ve been struggling all year too, and it’s a big win for those guys.
"I feel like I have to do more. In a time like this, I feel like I’ve got to find ways to help our guys more so that we don’t get in a situation where we even give them a chance."
Carroll’s future has been the source of speculation with the Seahawks struggling through their worst season since he became their head coach in 2010, though de facto team owner Jody Allen just gave him extension in the fall of 2020 that runs through the 2025 season.
Sunday’s loss officially eliminated the Seahawks from playoff contention, an outcome that had been long-assumed. At 5-10, they’ve suffered double-digit losses for the first time since they went 5-11 under Jim Mora in 2009. They’re also assured of finishing last in their division for the first time since 1996, when they were playing in the AFC West. According to ESPN Stats & Information, that was the NFL’s second-longest active streak without a last-place finish.
"Definitely surprised," quarterback Russell Wilson said about how Seattle’s season has gone.
While lamenting all the issues old and new that doomed the Seahawks on Sunday, Carroll put the onus on himself.
"I’m taking it the other way," he said when asked if he’s surprised his players haven’t responded. "I’m taking it like I need to do better. I’m not calling [out] the players for not responding. I have to respond better. I’ve got to do more for them and help them more so. Maybe that’s a coach’s ego or whatever. But I don’t mind holding myself in that kind of accountability. I’ve just got to find a way. I’m expecting our other coaches and the players to do the same thing. Everybody gives everything they have to give us every shot to be as good as we can possibly me. And it starts with me."
One of the Seahawks’ many mistakes Sunday was a missed opportunity midway through the fourth quarter to extend their lead to at least 10 points with a field goal. Wilson was sacked for a 13-yard loss […]