It’s a drill that youth football teams often execute at the end of practice – the offense going down the field in unison, 5 yards at a time, as the quarterback barks out signals to make sure no one goes offside.
That’s what Carroll had to resort to for Seattle’s offense this week, because that unit has totaled 13 pre-snap penalties this season – the second-most in the league, which I reported in my story today.
Last year during training camp, assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tom Cable made players run a lap every time they jumped offside in practice.
“It’s something extra there so we don’t do it in the game,” offensive tackle Breno Giacomini said. “As stupid and silly as it sounds, it works. Running didn’t work, so hopefully this will work.”
Russell Okung leads Seattle in false starts with four, followed by tight end Anthony McCoy with two.
Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson has been called for delay of game four times.
The Seahawks are second in the league in accepted penalties with 32.
Russell Wilson has been better than expected, and Seattle’s receivers are average, according to this report from the National Football Post: “People around the league have been very impressed with Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. In fact, one NFC pro personnel director believes Wilson may be considerably better than he has shown. Why? He thinks Wilson’s receivers are average. The personnel director pointed out the Seahawks don’t have a true No. 1 receiver—instead they are playing with a 2, 3, 4 and 5. So in time, Wilson could really take off if he’s surrounded with the right players.”
Greg Bishop of the New York Times write about Seattle’s impressive secondary. Bishop: “Taller defensive backs had found their home. Carroll, never much for convention anyway, showed them clips of those old Raiders, what he wanted them to become. If the Seahawks’ secondary played other teams in basketball, Sherman said, they would go undefeated, “even with Earl on the court.” That was the kind of backfield Carroll sought.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that linebacker K.J. Wright has elevated his game.
ESPN’s Mike Sando likes the Rams over Seattle, 13-10.
710 ESPN Seattle’s Brock Huard breaks down the fourth down play against Green Bay when Golden Tate dropped the one-handed catch in the end zone that was intended for Sidney Rice.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald talks with former Seahawks head coach Dennis Erickson, who says the Golden Tate catch brought back memories of his team’s late-game fiasco against the New York Jets, when quarterback Vinny Testaverde scored the winning touchdown despite never crossing the goal line.
Brian Burke, writing for the New York Times Fifth Down Blog, gives Seattle a 56 percent win chance against the Rams.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the Rams offensive line will face a tough task against Seattle’s defensive front.
Seattle radio station calls a Green Bay Packers fans, and pretends to be an employee of the NFL, telling him to stop whining about his team’s loss to Seattle. Check out the audio here.
Sam Borden of the New York Times talks with replacement official Jeff Sadorus, a former college official who has worked Seattle practices for the last three years, including the week after he officiated in the team’s season opener at Arizona. Here’s what Sadorus had to say about the treatment of replacement officials: “Everyone wanted perfection, but come on: the last guy who was perfect they nailed to a cross. And he wasn’t even an official.”