Carroll blows whistle on Seahawks’ penalties

Published on November 16, 2011 by     Tacoma News Tribune (Feed)

Pete Carroll posted the list of violators and their offenses.

A Dirty Dozen of Seahawks committed 16 penalties in Sunday’s game against Baltimore. Carroll listed them all, even the un-indicted co-conspirators – those whose penalties were declined.

“It’s spread around, it’s a global situation we’re dealing with here,” Carroll said of the penalties at his Monday press conference. “Epidemic proportions.”

The problem is not new, and it’s only getting worse. The Seahawks now have 83 accepted penalties in nine games – more than they had in six entire seasons since 1987.

They’re the second-most flagrant scofflaws in the NFL, trailing only the Oakland Raiders (91), who have long ago retired the Golden Hochuli Award for on-field anarchy.

The coach’s Roll Call of the Damned included five Seahawks with more than one violation – tackles James Carpenter and Russell Okung, defensive linemen Raheem Brock and Clinton McDonald, and cornerback Roy Lewis.

There were some by habitual recidivists, too, like the pass interference against Brandon Browner (10 accepted penalties this season), and the unnecessary roughness by safety Kam Chancellor – both of whom play with a degree of roughness that has long seemed entirely necessary for the Seahawks secondary.

Some came with mitigating factors, and Carroll broke them down into felonies and misdemeanors.

“Sometimes it’s trying too hard,” he said. “Line of scrimmage penalties on defense … we had three of those – jumping the gun. That’s because guys are trying take advantage of the crowd and noise and all that, trying to get a great rush on third down and their hair trigger was off.”

The aggressive plays in coverage, by Chancellor and Browner, for instance, “are gonna happen,” Carroll said. Sometimes the physical play pays dividends later as skittish receivers start short-arming receptions for fear of impending hits.

But Mike Williams’ unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after a little scuffle “was totally inexcusable,” Carroll said, as were a few others that were on his list.

“The stationary situations at the line of scrimmage are really in our control,” he said. “The aggressive ones, we’ve got to try to figure out, try to get in the guys’ heads.”

All coaches have their approach. Former Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren, whose teams tended to be among the best in the league at following the rules, had a low threshold for such things in practice.

At times he’d theatrically boot the whole unit off the field, or halt a session and send the players to be scolded by their position coaches. I recall one exchange with veteran guard Chris Gray – following his second false start in a practice – in which Holmgren promised to execute something like a field goal with a portion of Gray’s anatomy.

It seems as if Carroll has had to spend a lot of time this season having strange and arcane calls being explained by apparently bumfuzzled referees. I have no way to quantify this, but officiating this season has been the most dubious I can recall.

The heightened scrutiny on player contact seems to have left officials themselves uncertain how to consistently rule on infractions.

via Carroll blows whistle on Seahawks’ penalties | Seattle Seahawks – The News Tribune.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Fair Use Notice This website may at times present copyrighted material, the use of which might not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available in an effort to advance understandings of democratic, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. The author believes that this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the articles published on this website are distributed without profit for research and informational purposes. In most instances a link is placed to originator of Article and it is never expressly mentioned as written by, we use published by certain entities who write or publish for this said Blog..

Tell Us What's On Your Mind (0)




WP-SpamFree by Pole Position Marketing

REMEMBERING A LEGEND!

LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS

Seattle Seahawks' Phil Bates, left, is led away from a scuffle by teammates that left him with his jersey nearly pulled-off during at an NFL football minicamp practice, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Richard Sherman and Phil Bates get into fistfight

Richard Sherman and Phil Bates got into a fistfight during day two of Seahawks minicamp. A play after wide ...
140616toomer600

Korey Toomer looks to continue his maximum efforts at Seahawks’ minicamp

Monday metatarsal musings: Korey Toomer is having his second impressive spring for the Seahawks, but the third-year linebacker ...
140616williams600

Seahawks bolster defensive line depth by adding six-time Pro Bowler Kevin Williams

The Seahawks were one of the first teams Kevin Williams visited after becoming an unrestricted free agent in ...
20140202_jla_aa9_219-d7537d445be55d95ced0c5826ae85445

Would Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch really retire at age 28?

The story of Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch possibly holding out of a mandatory minicamp was not too ...
nfl_g_beast5_cr_600x400

Marshawn Lynch wants new deal

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is expected to skip the mandatory team minicamp next week because he ...
140610lockette600

Tracking down the fastest of the fast Seahawks

There has been a lot of talk about just how much speed the Seahawks’ players possess. We turned ...
140611williams600 (1)

Jordan Hill and Jesse Williams making up for lost time

Jordan Hill was limited during his rookie season by a biceps injury, while Jesse Williams missed the 2013 ...
1406006-wilson-ota-600

Pete Carroll on Russell Wilson: ‘Look at the quarterback we’ve got’

Russell Wilson has done so much in his first two seasons with the Seahawks, it’s hard to imagine ...

Shop for Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII Champs Merchandise at NFLShop.com

Shop for Conference Champs and Super Bowl XLVIII Match Up Merchandise at NFLShop.com

WELCOME TO THE SEAHAWKS 12TH MAN ARMY.

WE TAKE PRIDE IN GIVING SEAHAWKS FANS AROUND THE CLOCK UPDATES,  ALL SEAHAWKS ALL THE TIME. SO IF YOU WANT THE LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS DELIVERED FOR FREE RIGHT TO YOUR EMAIL BOX ONCE A WEEK, SIGN UP AND ENJOY!

WE HAVE BEEN PROUDLY SERVING DIEHARD SEAHAWKS FANS SINCE 2004.

Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz