Seattle head coach Pete Carroll expressed his regret for his team being punished by the league and the NFL players association for having too much contact during offseason practices by having two of the team’s final OTA days taken away from them.
Carroll chalked it up as a learning experience, and said his players will get a few days off before the team’s final minicamp begins next week.
“We’ve had great practices,” Carroll said. “Our guys have met every expectation. They have worked like crazy to get the job done.
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“We have talked all of the talk throughout the time about taking care of one another, working to make it safe and playing within the guidelines. And we’ve probably have stretched limit obviously by this indication.
“And I’m not surprised by that. We’re as competitive as you can be. We have a very young football team. Most of these guys have never been in an OTA practice. And so this is their first time to get a smell of it.”
“As we go through this we’ve had to learn. I think our best practice was maybe our last one, but we still practice really hard and really fast, and did it in a teaching moment, which is what we’re asked to do.
Carroll said his team has not had a chance to view film to see how the league wants his team to conduct offseason workouts under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement voted on by the players and the league last August.
So perhaps the Seahawks are being used as the test case for the rest of the league. Seattle is the first team penalized by being docked practices under the new CBA.
“We’ll be that much smarter about how we can do things right, and we’ll continue to work with our young guys to make sure they understand,” Carroll said. “Because it’s always about one play here, one play there. It wasn’t play, after play, after play. It was a few plays that stood out where guys made a mistake trying to hard and competing too much.
“So we’ll find that level. I think if nothing else, the league will maybe understand the standard better. We have not had any film to look at – we haven’t had the opportunity to see how it should be done. Maybe that’s what we’re creating. So we’ll try to look at it as a positive, and help everybody understand how this thing goes.”