Pete Carroll: Michael Bennett 'lost his mind a little bit'

RENTON, Wash. -- Late in the first half of Sunday's game against the Bengals, Seahawks safety Earl Thomas intercepted an Andy Dalton pass in the end zone and returned it 68 yards.

But defensive lineman Michael Bennett took Dalton out on the play and was whistled for a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty from the spot of the foul.

"He just lost his mind a little bit and went after the quarterback too aggressively," said head coach Pete Carroll. "I’ll tell you this, in the old days in interception returns, that was kind of the style that you go after the quarterback and you tried to get a shot on him. That was like back in the sixties. Unfortunately, it was a real mistake."

Bennett's penalty cost the Seahawks 50 yards in field position. They started at their own 18 and ended up kicking a field goal on the ensuing offensive drive.

Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said he didn't appreciate Bennett's gesture.

"I don't condone Michael Bennett going after our quarterback like he did," Jackson said, per ESPN.com's Coley Harvey. "He's a tremendous football player and someone that you have to really plan for. [But] I think [head coach] Marvin [Lewis] didn't really appreciate it. I don't think I appreciated it. I don't think anybody appreciated it."