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Morning links: No more stupid penalties for Giacomini

Post by Eric Williams on July 29, 2013 at 7:52 am with 25 Comments »
July 29, 2013 10:21 am
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) looks to pass as tackle Breno Giacomini blocks during NFL football training camp on Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) looks to pass as tackle Breno Giacomini blocks during NFL football training camp on Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

For my story today, I talked with Seattle Seahawks right tackle Breno Giacomini about his issue with penalties in the 2012 season, and how he’s working to resolve the issue in the upcoming season.

The 27-year-old led the Seahawks with 12 accepted penalties in 2012, including a team-high four personal foul calls.

However, a closer look at the statistics reveals Giacomini cleaned up his act in the second half of the season, with just five penalties after Week 6, and none in the postseason.

“It’s about focus,” Giacomini said. “And I’m just not going to do it (commit needless penalties). You’ve got to find that line I guess, and that’s what I was doing early in the season – you know, what are these refs going to call, or not going to call. So you figure it out, and I did. And the second half of the season, from Week 6 on, it was good.

“I’ve just got to keep getting better. And penalties is an area (to improve), but so is my technique, the knowledge of the game, playbook – everything. Name something and I’ve got to get better at it. I didn’t play like I wanted to play last year. So I have to improve.”

After a disappointing rookie season, defensive tackle Jaye Howard put on 15 pounds of muscle, and is looking to make an impact this year.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated believes Percy Harvin will not need surgery after receiving a second opinion this week, and will be ready for Seattle’s season opener at Carolina on Sept. 8. King: “As one Seattle source said to me, ‘Percy’s a confidence player—he needs to feel good about his condition and himself. This time should give him the best chance to feel right entering the season.’ That is, unless a doctor in New York tells Harvin he needs surgery this week. My money’s on rest and treatment—and Harvin to be ready on opening day.”

Richard Sherman talks with Michelle Beisner of the NFL Network in this video link.

More Beisner: She talks with Russell Wilson in this video link.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports writes that the Seahawks are keeping a positive spin on Percy Harvin’s injury, and believe they have enough depth at the position should he be out for a significant period of time. La Canfora says that Hawks GM John Schneider told him that several teams inquired about Doug Baldwin after the Harvin trade, but the Seahawks wanted to keep him as depth.

More La Canfora: He offers some observations from the Sunday he spent at training camp.

Clare Farnsworth of provides a nice run down of Sunday’s practice here.

Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle says tall defensive tackle Tony McDaniel is making his presence felt.

Curtis Crabtree of KJR-AM notes that undrafted rookie free agent Benson Mayowa got some work with the first unit at Leo defensive end with both Cliff Avril and Chris Clemons unavailable.

Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times notes that Seattle’s offense seemed a little sloppy at times in his practice report.

Tom Pelissero of USA Today tells his favorite story about Russell Wilson – his quest to find rookie tight end Darren Fells cell number so he could invite him to the Seattle quarterback’s passing camp in Los Angeles during the offseason.

Great photo below of Bruce Irvin.

Morning links
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  1. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I’m so glad Schneider didn’t trade Baldwin after the Harvin trade.

  2. SaigonSun says:

    Me too Georgia. Baldwin is my favorite Seahawks’ WR. I am starting to warm up to Tate a bit ( still can’t understand why “donuts-gate” had to happen); but, would care less if we traded Rice instead.
    I wish I had a time machine to make the trade for Percy ” Pissy Pussy” Narvin disappear ( among other things).
    Very happy about Giakomini managing to turn things for better.
    Go ‘Hawks !

  3. raymaines says:

    I’ve said for awhile now that I like Breno G. better than most of you guys do so I sure hope he’s got it all together this year.

    If James Carpenter is as good as we all think he is, Giacomini is as good as I think he is and if JR Sweezy turns out to be any good at all the ‘Hawks might not have pass the ball until the sixth or seventh game of the season. ;) Go ‘Hawks!

  4. CDHawkFan says:

    Don’t get too soft Bruce of that kid of yours will have to work for a living.

    While not helping himself at times, I did feel that some of the late calls on Breno were him just trying to finish plays and were bad luck. A lot of people got bent out of shape, but I could excuse some of them. Hopefully he keeps clean as I also think his reputation caused some boardline calls to go against him.

    While its true on paper, saying Baldwin was kept for ‘depth’ was a bit rough by our GM. What happened to compete?

    Like others, I really hope to see Harvin stand out in ways to single handedly ‘win’ the Hawks 2 or more games a year to justify the $60+ million, draft picks, and special handling caused. I say this as there have been a lot of articles recently written to say he is only ready to go on his own time. Maybe there was/is more special handling of a few guys (maybe Lynch) that we don’t see, but Harvin seems like he is already on top of the special rules list which seems to go back to his days at U of F. Maybe its too much to ask to have a team without any ‘special rules’ players, I thought the Hawks were near to that before Harvin.

    Having a hard time believing the comments regarding ‘how much of a hard worker’ these guys are as everyone seems to label one another as such. Maybe I just have a higher expectation of what a ‘hard worker’ is, but its being thrown around a lot lately.

  5. montanamike2 says:

    Seriously, an improved O-line would be incredible with this group of RB’s. Wilson wouldn’t have to run so much either.

  6. WiscCory says:

    Since it’s a no practice day, perhaps I can get away with a post like this…

    Michelle Beisner is about as pretty as they get.

  7. Eric,

    How is WTIII looking so far this camp? I’m really pulling for him this year!


  8. WiscCory says:

    From the USA Today article.

    “He’s an extremely great leader,” Fells said. “The first day I was out there, he was giving me pointers right off the bat. Anything I did wrong or needed to improve on, he told me right away what I can do. Stayed after a little bit, worked on it. He’s just ready to win a Super Bowl.”

  9. Dukeshire says:

    The turning point for Breno, as I see it, came after he was benched in the 1st quarter of the Carolina game, last season. Let’s indeed hope he continues his smarter play this whole season because his physical skills have improved dramatically since he arrived from Green Bay.

  10. RDPoulsbo says:

    I’m not so sure that Baldwin is being kept “just for depth.” They have good depth that could fill in the back end of the depth chart and could have gotten a middle round pick next year in a trade. That’s pretty good return from most UFAs. It seems they are preparing to lose Tate to FA at the end of the year and allow Baldwin to take on a more prominent role next season.

  11. Yes, an improved O line is key to this year’s success. Perhaps the #1 key. And Giac continuing to improve is essential. But after 5 years, Giac still is limited. I think that’s why he makes mistakes and gets penatlies, he can’t succeed on his skills alone. Cable should just put McQuistan at RT and we can stop waiting for Breno to improve. McQuistan has the skils Breno never had.

  12. RDPoulsbo says:

    Breno is decent in the run game, but he’s still a liability in pass protection. I’m not sure that McQuistan is the answer at RT, but I’d be interested in seeing some competition there in the preseason.

  13. We could see some competition at RT this preseason. I think Carpenter is the key. If he stays healthy, then we have too many guards, and McQ can move and compete at tackle.

    Alvin Bailey is a pretty interesting player too. And so is Bowie. We could have a lot of competition at RT.

    And, while I love to see more competition, I also like to see stability on the offensive line, and it may be that’s what Cable will want most once the G positions shake out.

  14. thursday says:

    Nice to see that SI article. I have to come here for sanity considering all the fans jumping the gun on the Harvin thing and basically calling it a foregone conclusion that he’s out for the season even though he hasn’t even had the second opinion yet. SMH.

  15. seahawksteven777 says:

    So I’m hearing Kaepernick is becoming a much better passer and looked “natural.” in training camp. I’m not so sure we ought to be worried though if this assessment is true.

  16. “I have to come here for sanity considering all the fans jumping the gun on the Harvin thing and basically calling it a foregone conclusion that he’s out for the season even though he hasn’t even had the second opinion yet.”

    Agreed – I came back from a backpack trip to read the Harvin article and the comments here, and immediately starting cursing the ghosts of FA receivers past (Branch, Housh . . .) — but sounds like there is still plenty of hope that he’s ready to play when we need him.

  17. re: Harvin.

    Remember last season? We had training wheels on our QB for the first 8 games. Our MLB was a rookie. We didn’t have Percy Harvin. We had to learn to win close games and improve each and every game. And, when it mattered most, in the playoffs, we had guys like Russell Wilson and Zach Miller and Marshawn Lynch executing behind a solidified offensive line, and that’s when it counted.

    I won’t be concerned about injuries until December-January. That’s when we need our impact players all healthy. Even IF Harvin has surgery, there’s a good chance he’ll be there in the playoffs when we need him.

  18. I would be extremely disappointed if Baldwin was no longer on this team. He embodies the philosophy that Pete Carroll has brought to this team of “Always Compete” coming in as a UFA. If you will remember right Tate didn’t step up his game until the arrival and production of Baldwin. I watched Golden plod around in practice for 2 years until Baldwin came around. In Baldwins rookie season he was far and away the better reciever on the field from day one of camp and throughout the season. I remember watching Baldwin and consistantly saying to myself. “DAMN Golden Tate is really stepping it up this year!” only to catch a glimpse of 89 instead. This guys puts in the work and came to this team dedicated to his craft and dedicated to making an impact. When you watch the Recievers interact its pretty clear that Baldwin is the leader both vocally and by example.

  19. raymaines says:

    I don’t think Doug Baldwin had much to do with Tate’s emergence. It just takes lots of receivers three years to figure things out, and Tate was one of those guys.

  20. People forget (and Ima keep tellin’ em!) that Tate was a RB at ND for two years, played WR for only two seasons before coming here. Add to that his obvious immaturity, and the lockout robbing him of his second training camp, and its understandable that he didnt do much until his third year. Also, last year WIlson had training wheels on the first six games; after that, Tate’s stats are really nice.

    Heck, considering the lockout, Tate’s ankle sprain his rookie year, and his short time at WR, its actually remarkable he’s doing this well this fast. Not that I wasnt frustrated with him his first two years…

    Baldwin is a fine WR, but Tate has so much more to offer athletically. If Tate can learn to run routes and understand the game like Baldwin, he could be a total stud. I want to see both of them stay in Seattle, though Im betting Rice leaves after this year, and we keep Tate and Baldwin leaves to be a star somewhere else. He wants to play FL or SE, not just be a slot guy…and I think Baldwin can be a starter in this league.

  21. Love BG’s attitude. Perfect.

  22. I think Tate’s improvement had everything to do with Baldwin being around. He was slow and lazy his first few years – even he admits it. Getting on the inactive list opened his eyes quite a bit. As he started to increase his skills along came Baldwin ( someone who truly bought into comPete) and a friendly rivalry / teamwork situation pops up. Makes both players better and gives them a chance be to something special on the field.

    I, by no means, think that Baldwin is better than Tate, but I think that oth are pretty dang important to this team and its make up this year.

  23. freedom_X says:

    Tate has been around exactly one more year than Baldwin. Being made inactive his rookie year is what woke Tate up, but he still had to learn. If you’ve been sleeping during calculus, you don’t wake up and master it the next day. You spend a lot of time trying to catch up before you’re even with everyone else.

    The competition aspect of Carroll does help a lot, and Baldwin is a big part of it. Interesting that Baldwin says the reason he regressed last year was because he felt he worked too hard – he says he peaked physically early in training camp and then broke down later. I would say he also had some bad luck too (broken teeth hit.)

    But Baldwin says he deliberately eased off on his offseason work, took up meditation, and built a pond in his spare time to help him relax. :)

  24. Baldwin also had an injury the kept him out early last season. He had no preseason work and didn’t see the field much until week 5 or so.

    STTBM – you make good points re: Tate. He is still quite young. I’ve been impatient with his immaturity, but its all relative. He turns 25 next week. Just a kid still growing up.

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