Coach Carroll couldn’t have asked for a better scenario — or a better response by the offense.
Down 15-10 in Carroll’s competition-fueled practice scoring system and with only five plays remaining in Saturday’s workout, the offense faced an uphill, nearly impossible climb to tie the score. Carroll called his troops together for a pep talk before the offense rattled off wins on the next five plays, setting up a sudden-death overtime play. That play ended in — you guessed it — controversy, with the offense claiming victory on an outside run by tailback Julius Jones and the defense declaring a stop near the line of scrimmage.
Regardless, Carroll’s class could be adjourned, with an awfully valuable teachable moment bringing it home. The offense rallied to tie the score after a huge deficit, allowing Carroll to preach his powerful message about taking things one play at a time, one day at a time, one game at a time.
The lesson is simple — you won’t get to your goal without taking steps to get there, and sometimes they’re going to be baby steps. On Saturday, the offense wasn’t going to tie the score and set up overtime all on the first snap. It was going to take winning that first play, then the second and so on. In a game this season, the Seahawks might be down a couple of touchdowns, and the only way they’ll rebound is by executing correctly one snap at a time.
“You can’t do it all in one play,” Carroll explained. “We have to be able to focus on what is right in front of us.”