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Pete Carroll spiked again, and there's nothing fake about it

A few thoughts on Super Bowl XLIX, from a New York Jets' perspective:

  • In no way am I comparing a devastating loss in the Super Bowl to a regular-season defeat, but there were a few quirky similarities between the New England Patriots-Seattle Seahawks contest and the Fake Spike Game in 1994. Obviously, the link is former Jets coach Pete Carroll. Consider:

Both games had the same final score, 28-24.

In both games, Carroll's team took a 24-14 lead into the fourth quarter.

In '94, Dan Marino threw his famous touchdown pass to Mark Ingram with 22 seconds left to lift the Miami Dolphins to a stunning win. On Sunday night, the game-defining play -- Malcolm Butler's interception of Russell Wilson -- occurred with 20 seconds left.

In '94, Marino beat the Jets with four touchdown passes and two interceptions. On Sunday night, Tom Brady beat the Seahawks with the same stats -- four touchdown passes and two interceptions.

The Fake Spike defined Carroll's one and only season as the Jets' coach. He went on to win championships at the college and pro level, but as it stands now, his career is framed by two gut-wrenching, goal-line plays, 20 years apart.

  • Carroll is absorbing a massive amount of criticism for the decision to pass on second down from the 1-yard line, and deservedly so. It was a poor choice for all the reasons that have been mentioned on the air, in print and in the blogosphere. But let me add this: If you're going to throw in that situation, why not try play-action? A play fake to Marshawn Lynch might have frozen the defense for a split second, giving the receivers a chance to gain separation. Instead, they put Wilson in shotgun with a three-receiver package. It made no sense.

Two of Carroll's greatest attributes are his aggressiveness and his ability to think outside the box. In this case, he got too cute and it bit him hard.

  • The Seahawks' goal-line fiasco got me thinking about how the Jets handled similar situations. In 2014, they had only three plays from the 1-yard line, and they scored all three times -- with running plays. Geno Smith scored on a bootleg against the Green Bay Packers, and Chris Ivory scored on inside runs against the Patriots and Tennessee Titans. Even the pass-happy Marty Mornhinweg opted for runs in those situations.

  • Bad news for the Jets: The Patriots aren't going anywhere anytime soon. They have only a handful of free agents, none of whom are franchise-type players -- running backs Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley, offensive lineman Dan Connolly and safety Devin McCourty. As long as Brady and Bill Belichick are around, the Patriots will remain the Patriots. Get ready for an uphill battle, Todd Bowles.

  • Two years after being traded by the Jets, Darrelle Revis is a Super Bowl champion. Let's put aside the blame game for a moment, and recognize Revis is a tremendous player who landed in the ideal situation. We're talking about a potential Hall of Famer here. He has six Pro Bowls, four All-Pro selections and one Super Bowl ring. If he can play at least six more years, he'll have a Canton-worthy résumé, based on other cornerbacks in the Hall of Fame.

The question is, what happens now? Revis will be a free agent if the Patriots decline to exercise a $20 million option (unlikely), and his first team -- the Jets -- are expected to pounce. Get ready for another Revis-filled offseason.