My story today focuses Seattle head coach Pete Carroll’s issues with yellow flags starting back in his days at USC. The Trojans led the Pac-10 in penalties two of his last three years at USC.
USC led the Pac-10 in penalties in 2007 and 2008, with an average of eight a game.
From 2004 to 2009, Carroll-led teams were the fourth-most penalized team in the Pacific-10 Conference, averaging seven penalties per game for 61.44 yards.
That trend appears to have carried over to the NFL. The Seattle Seahawks are No. 2 in the NFL in total penalties with 105 for 814 yards, four penalties behind league-leader Oakland (109).
Seattle’s 105 penalties already surpassed the team’s total number from last year when Seattle finished with 101 penalties for 890 yards, 11th in the NFL.
The Seahawks are on pace to total 153 penalties this season, which would easily eclipse the franchise record of 128.
Carroll has held himself accountable for the miscues, but still wants his team to remain aggressive.
“This is a very aggressive, young bunch of guys,” Carroll said. “They are buying in to playing hard, tough football. And unfortunately, it worked against us in this game, and we get out of there without a win that we could have had. … I like the way that they are playing. And I’m going to encourage them to keep playing tough and physical.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a look at what went right and what went wrong in Seattle’s loss against Washington.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times notes that Tarvaris Jackson’s passing yardages has decreased the last four games, and that it might be hard for him to get ready for Thursday’s game against Philadelphia.
ESPN’s Mike Sando wonders if it’s time for the Seahawks to try Josh Portis.
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald continues his Game of My Life series with a profile on former Seattle Seahawk defensive backKeith Simpson.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com has Seattle selecting Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill at No. 12 overall in his latest mock draft.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll will be on the NFL Network today at 4 p.m. Pacific time to talk about his team’s Thursday night contest against Philadelphia.
The Florida Times-Union reports that that Jacksonville Jaguars have fired head coach Jack Del Rio.
Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News writes that Eagles disastrous may lead to the team blowing up the roster.
You probably have seen this already, but check out former rivals from the Canadian Football League, Joe Kapp and Angelo Mosca, as they meet to patch up their grudges dating back to the 1963 Grey Cup game when Kapp believed that Mosco deliberately injured a teammate.
The 73-year-old Kapp offers the 74-year-old Mosca an olive branch, but he refuses and a fight ensues.