Seahawks Insider

Category: Officiating

Oct.
19th

Earl Thomas doesn’t care for the way Seahawks games are being officiated this season

Even after they got bamboozled on the Rams’ fake punt with 3 minutes left, the Seahawks — out of timeouts and down 28-26 — still had a final chance.

St. Louis’ Tre Mason amazingly fumbled on a hit by Malcolm Smith at the end of his long run to the Seattle 32 with 74 seconds to go. The ball bounded 9 yards and rested under Sherman’s legs and, briefly it appeared, his torso. Yet the officials ruled St. Louis ultimately recovered.

The Seahawks were still steaming afterward that replay officials did not even stop the game to review

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Aug.
18th

Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith makes preseason practice debut; LBs getting back; LT/RT get new looks; rookie Richardson as KR?

The Seahawks’ linebacking unit — the core of their thudding defense — is getting back into form in time for the real season to begin.

Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Malcolm Smith practiced this morning in individual linebacker drills and some group work. It was his first practice since surgery in the spring to remove “loose bodies” in his ankle.

“It’s a great deal to get him back,” coach Pete Carroll said of the former USC Trojan the coach recruited out of Northridge, Calif. “It’s been a long offseason for him, a highlighted offseason for him, but it’s still been hard

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Aug.
18th

Seahawks back on the field to practice for Friday’s third exhibition, home vs. Chicago

The Seahawks are about to take the fields at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center for practice following two days off. Monday-through-Thursday workouts before Friday night’s full-on, dress-rehearsal exhibition against Chicago at CenturyLink Field.

I’m expecting the starting offensive line to be working together all week: Left tackle Russell Okung, left guard James Carpenter, center Max Unger, right guard J.R. Sweezy and rookie right tackle Justin Britt. Those five have yet to play together through two exhibition games; Unger stayed out of last week’s win over San Diego to be conservative with a groin muscle that had bothered him the previous week.

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Jan.
15th

Football talk pauses as Harbaugh talks khakis

Sarah Harbaugh, wife of 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, went on a Bay Area radio show this week, complaining that she hates her husband’s cheap khaki pants – especially those with the pleated fronts — and that she has thrown many away, including some costing as little as $8.

Naturally, the topic came up during her husband’s press conference Wednesday.

“Yeah, I heard about that,” he said. “They were making quite a bit of sport of me. But, problem solved there. Well, the Levi’s and the Nike and the Dickies makes a flat khaki so: Happy wife, happy life.”

However, Harbaugh

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Aug.
6th

Official Bill Leavy admits to Super Bowl miscues

NFL official Bill Leavy, who has been at the Seattle Seahawks facility the past few days working with the rest of his crew, addressed reporters here this afternoon to go over the new rule changes for the upcoming season.

Before we got started, Leavy made a surprising statement, admitting to getting two calls wrong during the Super Bowl in 2006, a 21-10 Seattle loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

One of those calls, of course, was the clipping penalty called on Matt Hasselbeck on making a tackle after throwing an interception. Sean Locklear’s holding call as the Seahawks were going

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Oct.
12th

Today’s officials

Referee: Jeff Triplette

Umpire: Jim Quirk

Head linesman: Steve Stelljes

Line judge: Mike Spanier

Field judge: Boris Cheek

Side judge: Dave Wyant

Back judge: Steve Freeman

Replay: Lloyd McPeters

Dec.
29th

Boger gets the call

First-year NFL referee Jerome Boger is the lead official assigned to the Seahawks-Bucs game Sunday, according to the official flip card found here. Boger has never worked a Seattle game. Boger was off last week. His crew has assessed 13.3 penalties per game (11.9 is league average). His instant-replay numbers are very much in line with league averages. And he is the only NFL official whose crews have assessed the same number of penalties against home and road teams. Not much controversial about his rulings, it appears.

Dec.
26th

Officially speaking, vol. 16a

12 26 2006 Week 16 Refs by Game.jpgOur ref stats make more sense when the names are tied to specific games. The chart at right presents the information that way.


Now we can see which coaches issued the most challenges against which referees, and the results. We can see which road teams had the most penalty problems. And we can see which referee had the weekend off.


We’ll be refining this stuff during the offseason, which is less than a week away for most teams.