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Seahawks' Carroll: Penalties 'need to go away'

Seattle penalized 11 times for 80 yards in loss to Bengals

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By John Boyle
Herald Writer
  • Head coach Pete Carroll is not happy with the number of penalties -- 60 for 433 yards in seven games -- that have been called on the Seahawks.

    Jennifer Buchanan / The Herald

    Head coach Pete Carroll is not happy with the number of penalties -- 60 for 433 yards in seven games -- that have been called on the Seahawks.

RENTON -- Young team or not, the penalties have to stop, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says.
A day after Seattle's 34-12 loss to Cleveland, one of the things eating at Carroll most were the 11 penalties his team committed for 80 yards, and in particular the very avoidable ones that take place at the line of scrimmage.
When Carroll met with his players for what he likes to call "Tell the truth Monday," the truth was that the Seahawks are hurting themselves far too often.
"I made a big deal about it today, it needs to go away, we need to get rid of this," Carroll said. "... I think we'll grow out of it, but we need to grow out of it now."
Early in the season, Carroll was a little more willing to be patient, particularly with a young offensive line that started two rookies. But after four more false starts Sunday, he says it is time for the Seahawks to clean things up.
"The 5-yard penalties are the ones that are driving me crazy," Carroll said. "Those are the ones that are totally in our control, that you can just wash out of your game. You don't have to have those be a factor at all. We had four false starts in this game. I keep attributing it to the newness and all of that, but this needs to go away."
And while Carroll spent more time lamenting the offensive penalties, the defense was hardly without blame. On Cincinnati's first possession, a personal foul on cornerback Brandon Browner and a neutral zone infraction on defensive end Chris Clemons helped keep alive a field-goal drive. In the second quarter, defensive penalties on defensive end Red Bryant and Browner allowed the Bengals to convert twice on third down on what ended up being a touchdown drive.
"The first drive, we messed it up with a couple of penalties and gave them a chance to get on the board," Carroll said.
Through seven games, the Seahawks have been penalized 60 times for 433 yards, according to STATS, LLC. That ranks fourth in the NFL behind Oakland, Carolina and Detroit, three teams that have all played one more game that the Seahawks.
Plenty of those penalties have been of the five-yard variety that are so bothering Carroll, but there have also been some discipline-related flags. A week ago, Bryant was ejected for head butting an opponent. That allowed Cleveland to run out the clock instead of giving Seattle one last chance at scoring in the final seconds. On Sunday, Browner was flagged for a personal foul after he made like a professional wrestler and body-slammed Cincinnati Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson.
"That's crazy," Carroll said of Browner's penalty. "That was a crazy play for him to do that. ... That was uncalled for. He has no explanation, he just did it."
Jackson on track to start
Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson didn't start Sunday's game because of a pectoral injury, but he ended up finishing it after Carroll put him into the game in the second quarter. Jackson came out of the game feeling good, and is on track to return to a starting role Sunday against the Cowboys in Dallas, Carroll said.
"He feels OK, he feels better than he did last week at this time so that's a really positive sign," Carroll said. "... We'll see how the week goes, but we'll try to get him ready. He's definitely, in my mind, starting unless he can't at this point."
Receiver Mike Williams, who was a surprise inactive Sunday because of a hamstring injury, should be OK to return this week, Carroll said. The only other injury incurred Sunday, Carroll said, was a sore knee for tight end Cameron Morrah. The severity of the injury and what it means for this week is not yet know.
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