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.”