After the game, Wilson himself took responsibility for the pick. "I put the blame on me -- I'm the one who threw it," he said. "It's something you learn from, it's something you grow from. I'm proud of our guys about the way that we got down the field there in that situation. We had so many great plays, and we're right there. We'll just keep learning and keep growing."
Similarly, head coach Pete Carroll said you can put the interception on his shoulders. "Yes, I made the call," Carroll said. "The guy made a great play."
Meanwhile, the guy who actually calls the plays for Seattle's offense, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, decided to direct the blame another way.
Darrell Bevell says Lockette could have been stronger to the ball.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) February 2, 2015
OC, play caller Darrell Bevell: "We could have done a better job staying strong on the ball" Lockette breaking on final slant. #Seahawks— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) February 2, 2015
Nothing against Bevell, who is probably right when he says that Ricardo Lockette could have been stronger on the ball, but this is a really bad look. Lockette never should have been put in that position in the first place.
Let's leave aside the question of whether Seattle should have thrown a pass at all -- a valid question, considering the identity of Seattle's running back -- and think of who the pass was designed for.
Ricardo Lockette is 6-feet-2, 211 pounds. That's pretty good size for a wideout, but he's not exactly Calvin Johnson. Obviously it's a pick play so he should have some separation, but it's not like he's some sure bet to win at the point of the catch because of his physicality.
This is a guy who began the season fourth on the Seattle depth chart at wide receiver before moving up to the No. 3 role after Percy Harvin was traded. Within the context of the actual Super Bowl, he was probably back to fourth given the show put on by Chris Matthews. He had 11 catches for 195 yards all season, and 18 for 382 in his career. Eight different Seahawks finished with more receptions.
If you're going to throw in that situation, it's one thing to be throwing to someone who's been a consistently reliable target in the passing game like Doug Baldwin or even Marshawn Lynch. But this was a single-read play designed for a sub-package (at best) wide receiver in a game scenario that clearly called for a run given the strengths of the roster. So while Bevell is probably right in what he said, he's definitely wrong for not manning up and taking responsibility for the call.