Former Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette, the intended target on Malcolm Butler’s game-saving goal line interception in Super Bowl XLIX, says the Seahawks never recovered from their loss to the Patriots four years ago.
In a Radio Row interview with Felger & Mazz, Lockette said that he has personally gotten past the Butler pick, but said the team couldn’t get beyond how the end of the game transpired with the failure to hand the ball off from the 1-yard line.
“I think it altered the franchise…a lot of players lost faith in the coaches.”
Lockette said former Seahawks corner Richard Sherman took the loss hard. He also singled out running back Marshawn Lynch, head coach Pete Carroll, and former offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell as other members of the organization who struggled with the loss.
“I think one or two players didn’t get over it, but those players are now on other teams and life goes on,” he said. “It took [Sherman] a while to get over it.”
You can watch the full interview here: