The Seahawks exceeded outside expectations by getting 10 wins and a ticket to the playoffs in what was essentially a rebuilding year, but their ascension ended with heartbreak Saturday. Seattle was knocked out of the playoffs with a 24-22 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in the wild card round.

Salk: Blame Seahawks’ playoff loss on execution, not play calling

On Monday morning, head coach Pete Carroll joined Brock Huard and Mike Salk on 710 ESPN Seattle to recap the game and the season.

Here are a few highlights. You can listen to the full interview in the audio clip embedded above or download at this link.

A lot of the critique postgame was that you were ineffective at running the ball and should have thrown more. That you should get out of this run-first mentality, get out of this run-run-pass, run-run-pass approach: “I don’t disagree with that, I wish we would’ve done something different too. If you guys don’t look at it like we look at it, maybe you do, go back at the series. The second series we have a nice little play-action screen pass (and) we lose 10 yards on the play… so that sequence is knocked back. And then the next time we try it again and we don’t get it and we don’t make our third down win. That’s almost the half. We got the ball like one more time after than and we’re in a two-minute situation. So that’s all we got. That means that they were holding the ball enough, they moved the ball enough, to keep it away from us. Our third-down conversion wasn’t there, we’re one for six or seven in the first half. That ain’t enough. So we didn’t get our chances to get to our game plan and that’s just …read more

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