Seattle right tackle Breno Giacomini reduced his penalties late last season.
Breno Giacomini quickly halted Red Bryant’s path to the quarterback during pass rush drills Sunday, stuffed the stout defensive end on his backside and tauntingly glared at his teammate as if to ask, “You want some more?”
It’s the type of nasty, in-your-face swagger Seahawks fans have grown accustomed to seeing from the team’s edgy right tackle.
But what they do not want to see is what usually followed in 2012 – a yellow penalty flag being tossed Giacomini’s way from the back of an officials’ pocket.
Finding the balance between playing to the whistle instead of through the whistle has been a constant battle for the University of Louisville product since he emerged as the team’s starting right tackle at the end of the 2011 season.
He led the Seahawks with 12 accepted penalties in 2012, including a team-high four personal foul penalties.
“Breno is a tremendous football player,” Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said. “He has great knowledge of the game, he gets off the line and he’s so aggressive when the play is going on all the way up to the very last second.
“That’s what makes him really good for us. He’s that edgy player on the offensive line. You need one of those. You’ve got to be careful having two of them, but you need one of them for sure, so he’s that guy for us.”
However, only five of Giacomini’s 12 penalties came after Week 6 – none in the postseason – as he figured out how to be aggressive within the rules.
Giacomini wants to carry over a similar type of effort for the upcoming season.
“He becomes the example sometimes because of getting some of those ridiculous penalties
early in the season,” Seattle offensive line/assistant head
coach Tom Cable said. “And he knows. But there’s a time when you’re playing, playing and playing, and when it gets close to the whistle you can’t take that extra step, that extra shot. And so let’s put all of that behind us, and be cognizant of the fact that we don’t want any penalties.”
While penalties have been an issue, durability has not. Giacomini was one of three offensive lineman (Max Unger and Paul McQuistan were the others) to start every game for Seattle last season. And he played in 15 games in 2011, including eight as the starting right tackle.
The 27-year-old is in the final season of a two-year deal that will pay him $3.5 million this season. He had offseason elbow surgery in January, but has had no setbacks in training camp.