Dave Wyman of 710 ESPN Seattle, a former player for the Seahawks, tells us not to worry about Seattle’s truckload of penalties during exhibition play.
Wyman believes a rash of penalties during preseason play don’t always move into the preseason, and that it’s something Seattle can get cleaned up in time for the team’s opener at Carolina on Sept. 8.
Wyman: “Before you start wringing your hands over one of the few weaknesses this Seahawk team has shown, don't worry. As it turns out, penalties don't always tell the story of a team's success, and it certainly hasn't for the Hawks this preseason. Last year's Super Bowl winner, the Baltimore Ravens, ranked first in penalty yardage, as they were flagged for 1,127 yards during the 2012 regular season. Three other playoff teams ranked high on that list, including the Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers and NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers.
“Certainly bad teams commit lots of penalties, but rest assured it's not an incredibly telling statistic like turnover ratio or scoring defense. Yes, the Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns amass lots of penalties every season, and neither team has made it to the playoffs in years. But sometimes the most penalized teams are also the most aggressive teams. You're probably going to see pass interference and unnecessary roughness penalties out of the Seahawks no matter how much things get cleaned up. The offensive linemen and defensive backs that the Seahawks covet are typically a rough bunch of dudes. (J.R.) Sweezy, Breno Giacomini, Brandon Browner and Kam Chancellor are the kind of guys that will hit first and ask questions later.”
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