Seattle Seahawks

Can the Seahawks avoid needless penalties?

The Seahawks finished sixth in the NFL last season with 110 accepted penalties for 890 yards.

Offensive tackle Breno Giacomini was one of the main culprits, finishing with a team-leading 12 accepted penalties for 120 yards, including four personal-foul penalties.

Carroll focused on cleaning up those issues during training camp, but it didn’t go so well judging by the exhibition season. The Seahawks finished second with 42 accepted penalties for 419 yards during the four exhibition games.

However, penalties are not as much of an impediment to winning as you would think. Five of the top 10 leaders in penalties last season made the playoffs, including the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.

Still, Carroll said he believes his team must cut down on the mental mistakes to make another deep playoff run.

“We want to be a lot better in the penalty area; it’s really a main focus for us,” Carroll said. “I’d like to see if we can do that. We’ve been incapable of improving there so far, but we’re really pushing hard to get that done.”