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Observant fans may have noticed Pete Carroll had a massive scratch on the side of the his face yesterday during the Super Bowl. Did Regis Philbin get catty with him during the Kitten Bowl? No, the Seattle Seahawks coach put his legendary strutting game at risk and was banged up returning kickoffs during practice this week for his effort.

What now? A 62 year-old head coach — mind you, a head coach only five years younger than that dinosaur Tom Coughlin and five years older than Andy Reid —  did what now with players paid millions of dollars to run over other people?

From his postgame interview with Fox Sports Pete Schrager:

“I did get hit returning a kickoff in practice this week.  I jumped in to give Percy (Harvin) a break, trying to do the right thing, and Derrick Coleman grabs me and (Chris) Maragos comes in and gives me a shot in the head.

“We covered kicks like wild men tonight so it was OK. If I contributed to that in any way I’ll take the hit.”

NO NOT OKAY, PETE.

Forget the concussion risks associated with taking a headshot from a safety, Carroll jeopardized the greatest gift he has given the NFL, his sideline demeanor.

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Pete, love the enthusiasm the desire to inspire your team by putting yourself out there, but don’t scare us like that by participating in live drills. The league cannot lose your fabled strut, especially when the typical NFL head coach just stands on the sidelines with a 1,000-yard stare.