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Carroll needs to make his players confident in his call-making staff. When it comes to game-making-or-breaking decisions, platitudes aren’t enough. And to be fair, the play coaches seem to be extremely indignant and convinced of their own infallibility. The broker who bought Enron stock doesn’t get to say “but all the math said it was the best idea,” or “If only they would have kept their books a little better.” But that’s pretty much exactly the excuse that Seattle’s offensive director — who is still there, and is still pissing off the players — got away with. “Trust me, it’s gonna be a great play, I can assure you” doesn’t cut it when the plays aren’t working.

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