The Seattle Seahawks have been one of the most physical teams in the NFL over the last few years and we may have the reason why. According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Pete Carroll was fined $100,000 on Tuesday.
Due to excessive contact during minicamp, Seattle has to pay a price for their success. In addition to Carroll’s fine, the Seahawks’ organization got hit with a $200,000 fine and sanctions entering the 2015 season.
According to various reports, Seattle will have to forfeit two minicamp practices in 2015. If they are the last team standing for the second consecutive year, you may see more teams crossing the line when it comes to excessive contact.
According to ESPN, the players got too physical with each other on June 18, and this isn’t the first time that it happened with Pete Carroll as head coach. In 2012, Seattle had to pay an undisclosed amount for violating the physical contact policy that was collectively bargained in 2011.
Ironically, Marshawn "Beastmode" Lynch held out of all the off season activities, and he is the most physical running back in the NFL.
If there’s a reason that Seattle seems a little more prepared to play in these preseason game’s, we can always look back to how physical their minicamps are compared to other teams.
There’s another reason that it shouldn’t be surprising that Seattle received a fine for excessive contact in practice. Many pundits believe that the point of emphasis on defensive holding and illegal contact are aimed towards how the Seahawks play defense.
It’s true that Seattle plays a very physical brand of football, but they seem to be adapting to the rules at a quicker rate than other NFL teams. We will see the result of these sanctions in the near future, however, Seattle needs to continue on with their similar mindset.