Dan Campbell on Seahawks endgame call: ‘If you don’t like it, you better quit’
As the clock ticks the Detroit Lions’ tough loss to the Seattle Seahawks finished Sunday afternoon, the game was already decided. The Seahawks held a 51-29 lead, they had the ball in Lions territory, and Detroit was running out of timeout with just over four minutes left. The game has been signed, sealed and delivered.
But on the two-minute warning, facing a second and a 9, the Seahawks performed a bit of a sleight of hand, executing a late run that picked up 30 yards and nearly added a touchdown to the already lopsided scoreline. .
Some may view this kind of play as disrespectful, as Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll might as well have missed most of the remaining time by calling a few knees. However, Lions head coach Dan Campbell is not among those upset with the way Carroll played him throughout the streak. He told the media on Monday that if you don’t like the way your opponent is playing, it’s up to you to stop them.
“There are 60 minutes on this game clock, so if you have a problem, then why not stop it?” Campbell said. “Otherwise they will continue to stack it. So, no, I have no problem with that.
And to the Seahawks’ credit, they ultimately didn’t increase the score. That end of the game put the Seahawks at the 1-yard line with 1:50 to go. Instead of striking from there, Russell Wilson took a knee twice to end the game. But even if Seattle had thrown the ball, Campbell wouldn’t have been offended.
“To be honest with you, if they had run it in the end, I wouldn’t have had a problem with that either. It’s up to us to stop them,” Campbell said.
Campbell is absolutely correct, of course. There are plenty of coaches – Campbell in large part – who believe that every minute on the pitch is valuable time, regardless of the score. Every situation can be a learning experience for players and coaches, and so if a team wants to make the most of it, they should. And if the other team has a problem with that, the solution, as Campbell said, is simple: Stop them.
Campbell, himself, showed that despite the score, his team will fight for the full 60 minutes. Heck, at the end of that game in Seattle, Campbell was calling timeouts to preserve time on his offense despite the game being out of control, so it’s no surprise he agreed with Seattle – and all their starters – playing until the final whistle.