Lockette, an exclusive-rights free agent prior to re-signing, has played mostly on special teams since joining the Seahawks in 2011. The 28-year-old was not tendered by the team going into this year's free agency period.
The talk around the water cooler Monday morning and on pretty much every sports show -- whether on television, radio or the Internet -- is about the
It seems the consensus is that Seattle should have leaned on star running back Marshawn Lynch to run the football for the potential go-ahead score. Still, the Seahawks stand by the play call after the loss, with offensive coordinator Darren Bevell adding, “It was a great look, the look we wanted to get."
However, Bevell also seemed to put some of the onus on
“(Butler) drove hard on the ball,” Bevell said, per the Tacoma News Tribune. “Our guys have to go hard to the ball, too."
Bevell said he felt Lockette could have been more aggressive going after the ball on the interception. Lockette ran a slant route to the end zone, but the ball was intercepted by Patriots corner Malcolm Butler. The two players collided on the play, but Butler came up with the ball.
The decision to pass the ball on the one yard line has been questioned by many. Bevell said he called the play, though head coach Pete Carroll took responsibility for the call in post-game interviews.
Lockette finished with three receptions for 59 yards during the contest.
With rookie wideout Paul Richardson out for the rest of the playoffs with a torn ACL, the
Coach Pete Carroll said Norwood, a fourth-round pick, must step up.
“We totally trust that he knows what’s going on and can make good plays,” Carroll said, per the paper. “They’re a little different in style but we think he’s going to be a very effective player. We just haven’t seen a lot of him so you would know that. But we’re OK about that. We’re going to definitely miss Paul because he just continues to show, he’s made a lot of big plays and big catches in tough situations. We’ll miss him in that.”
Seattle is a 7.5-point home favorite over the Packers in the NFC Championship Game.
The group will look for more Week 15 against the 49ers.
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