Cliff Avril said recently that some of his former Seattle Seahawks teammates "began questioning" Pete Carroll after the team's last-minute Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots.
The Seahawks released Avril earlier this month.
He discussed the conclusion of Super Bowl XLIX during a podcast with NFL Network.
The Seahawks were closing in on a second consecutive Super Bowl victory when, trailing by four points, they advanced the ball to the Patriots' 1-yard line with 26 seconds remaining. Rather than run the ball with Marshawn Lynch, Carroll called for a pass from Russell Wilson, who was picked off by Malcolm Butler.
"I do think the team would have bought in more to what Coach Carroll was saying," Avril said, "instead of going the opposite way of, 'Hey, this is what we thought the foundation of the team was.' That's not what happened in that particular play.
"So I think guys started questioning him more, more so than actually following his lead if we would have won that Super Bowl."