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.
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“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.”
After a disappointing rookie season, defensive tackle Jaye Howard put on 15 pounds of muscle, and is looking to make an impact this year.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated believes Percy Harvin will not need surgery after receiving a second opinion this week, and will be ready for Seattle’s season opener at Carolina on Sept. 8. King: “As one Seattle source said to me, ‘Percy’s a confidence player—he needs to feel good about his condition and himself. This time should give him the best chance to feel right entering the season.’ That is, unless a doctor in New York tells Harvin he needs surgery this week. My money’s on rest and treatment—and Harvin to be ready on opening day.”
Richard Sherman talks with Michelle Beisner of the NFL Network in this video link.
More Beisner: She talks with Russell Wilson in this video link.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports writes that the Seahawks are keeping a positive spin on Percy Harvin’s injury, and believe they have enough depth at the position should he be out for a significant period of time. La Canfora says that Hawks GM John Schneider told him that several teams inquired about Doug Baldwin after the Harvin trade, but the Seahawks wanted to keep him as depth.
More La Canfora: He offers some observations from the Sunday he spent at training camp.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com provides a nice run down of Sunday’s practice here.
Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle says tall defensive tackle Tony McDaniel is making his presence felt.
Curtis Crabtree of KJR-AM notes that undrafted rookie free agent Benson Mayowa got some work with the first unit at Leo defensive end with both Cliff Avril and Chris Clemons unavailable.
Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times notes that Seattle’s offense seemed a little sloppy at times in his practice report.
Tom Pelissero of USA Today tells his favorite story about Russell Wilson – his quest to find rookie tight end Darren Fells cell number so he could invite him to the Seattle quarterback’s passing camp in Los Angeles during the offseason.
Great photo below of Bruce Irvin.