Pete Carroll had “a freakin’ blast” during Seattle’s 31-24 win over New England Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
“It was pretty fun. I’ve gotta admit, I haven’t had more fun just enjoying a win, really,” Carroll said on “Brock and Salk” on 710 ESPN Seattle.
And though he was on the receiving end of some heckling from fans, the ex-Patriots coach didn’t think the crowd was particularly loud or into the game.
“It’s not a great place. They weren’t nuts. It’s because they’re so used to winning,” he said. “There was a time when they kicked their last field goal to go ahead, and it was like a round of applause for the nice effort. Gosh, our guys would be going berserk. We’re so hungry for it. It’s a gorgeous setting, beautiful arena and the fans, just the whole thing. It’s really classy.”
Carroll, the high-energy, gum-smacking coach who is the oldest in the league, said he heard some references to his loss to New England in Super Bowl XLIX when Russell Wilson was picked off by Malcolm Butler at the goal line. But he just chalked it up to Patriots fans being true to themselves.
“There was a lot of, ‘Thanks for throwing it.’ That kind of stuff, all that kind of garbage,” Carroll said. “They were just being themselves. It was great. It was classic.”
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