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Seahawks violations reportedly stemmed from Richard Sherman practice fight

Richard-Sherman-practice-fightThe Seattle Seahawks and coach Pete Carroll were fined a total of $300,000 by the NFL on Tuesday and forced to give up two minicamp practices in 2015. The punishment stemmed from a violation of the no-contact rules that are in place for certain offseason workouts. The question now is how the Seahawks got caught.

Remember the fight that broke out involving Richard Sherman during Seattle’s practice back in June? Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that the NFLPA began investigating after TV footage showed the altercation. The NFLPA asked the Seahawks to turn over all video of their offseason practices for review.

The fight that Sherman was at the center of started when wide receiver Bryan Walters made a diving catch on the sideline and injured his shoulder. Several offensive players felt that safety Earl Thomas made too much contact with Walters and caused him to lose his balance.

The NFLPA concluded that the practice where the fight broke out was “way too aggressive” and that coaches were “coaching contact.” After reviewing the footage, the league apparently agreed and handed out the punishment.

I’m sure Carroll and the Seahawks aren’t the only ones doing this, but the situation is a reminder that someone is always watching with the technology we have available these days. Even a seemingly minor dust-up can lead to much larger problems.

Seahawks gave Chargers the D, apparently

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The Seattle Seahawks really put on a show against the San Diego Chargers on Friday night. Russell Wilson and the first-team offense had their team up 24-0 before calling it a night in the second quarter. The domination Seattle showed, albeit in the preseason, was probably summed up best by the folks at NFL.com.

Hey, that’s one way of putting it.

In all seriousness, I have no idea how this happens. I’ve been trying to think of a headline that would come close to “Seahawks Giving the Dick” that could possibly explain a typo, but I just can’t come up with anything. Anyone have any ideas?

H/T Black Sports Online

Seattle Seahawks get their Super Bowl rings

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The Seattle Seahawks capped their offseason minicamp Thursday in probably the best way possible: they had a ceremony to give out their championship rings from winning the Super Bowl in February.

“It’s really an honor. It really is an honor,” coach Pete Carroll said of the Thursday night event via the Seahawks’ website. “And I think the honor in it comes from doing it together with all these guys. We feel very fortunate and we’re very humbled that it’s come to this now and we’re going to get this thing done and then move on along with it.”

Team owner Paul Allen shared a photo on Twitter of the Super Bowl rings. Richard Sherman also shared a photo on Instagram of him with his ring on:

Here’s tight end Zach Miller showing off his ring:

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Richard Sherman at center of Seahawks practice fight (Video)

Richard-Sherman-practice-fightThe Seattle Seahawks had their first official offseason scuffle on Wednesday afternoon, and Richard Sherman was at the center of it. Given his competitive nature and the speed at which his jaw moves, no one should really be surprised.

According to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times, tensions began to flare when wide receiver Bryan Walters injured his shoulder while making a diving catch on the sideline. Safety Earl Thomas was defending, and some of the offensive players felt that he made too much contact in what are supposed to be non-contact workouts.

Doug Baldwin reportedly had words with Thomas and Percy Harvin also appeared angry. On the next play, Sherman and wide receiver Phillip Bates got into it and before long everyone was involved. Pete Carroll called the team together after practice to chat about what had happened.

“It was just to keep focused,” linebacker Bobby Wagner said. “We let little things get out of hand a little bit, but it was just to remain focused and understand why we’re out here. We’re out here to get better. We did that. I feel like we got better.”

Stuff like this happens during training camp all the time. The Seahawks’ defense led the team to a championship last year with its physical play, so the idea of no contact at all must be difficult for the Legion of Boom to grasp. I’m sure everyone has already moved on.

Video via Q13 Fox

Russell Wilson takes shot at Bleacher Report for grading Seahawks’ 2012 draft an F

russell-wilson-seahawksThe Seattle Seahawks are Super Bowl champions, which automatically validates almost everything the team has done over the course of the past few seasons. Pete Carroll and company have obviously drafted well and signed the right free agents. Although, one Bleacher Report writer thought the Seahawks fell flat on their faces in the 2012 NFL Draft.

In April 2012, the Seahawks drafted Russell Wilson. They also used one of their picks in the 2012 NFL Draft to acquire Marshawn Lynch in 2010. Those two, among others, have been kind of important to Seattle’s success. Wilson reminded everyone of that on Wednesday.

Here’s what Bleacher Report’s Donald Wood had to say about Wilson and the Seahawks at the time:

Pete Carroll is proving why he didn’t make it in the NFL the first time. Not only was Bruce Irvin a reach at No. 15, the Seahawks proved they were oblivious to their madness by celebrating their selection.

As if the day wasn’t bad enough, Seattle selecting Russell Wilson, a QB that doesn’t fit their offense at all, was by far the worst move of the draft. With the two worst moves of the draft, Seattle is the only team that received an F on draft day.

The Seahawks also drafted linebacker Bobby Wagner in the second round of the 2012 draft. The former Utah State star has recorded 260 combined tackles in two seasons and racked up 34 during this year’s playoffs. Robert Turbin, who has served as a quality compliment to Lynch and could be the future of Seattle’s backfield, was taken in the fourth round.

Enough said.

Seahawks player says no to sex week before Super Bowl

No-sexDo women weaken legs? Mickey Goldmill told Rocky Balboa to knock off the crap with Adrian when he was training to fight Apollo Creed, and personally I believe anything that Mickey says. At least one Seattle Seahawks player does, too.

On Monday, Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman spoke with a Seahawks player and asked him about the week leading up to the Super Bowl. The Seahawks have already traveled to New York for game, and we all know there is plenty to do in the Big Apple when it comes to nightlife. That won’t be an issue for this player.

There are plenty of differing opinions when it comes to the topic of sex and sports. MMA champion Ronda Rousey has said multiple times that she enjoys having sex before fights. Manny Pacquiao, on the other hand, goes several weeks without monkey business when he has a big fight coming up. One soccer team even thinks they helped lower their injury rate by banning sex two days before games.

Perhaps this particular player is not married or in a serious relationship. There’s probably a difference between messing around with your wife or girlfriend and going out and meeting women when you have a game to focus on. Either way, Mickey would be proud.

Kicker Steven Hauschka told Pete Carroll not to try field goal; Seahawks scored touchdown instead

Steven Hauschka SeahawksOne of the biggest turning points in the NFC Championship Game was when the Seattle Seahawks elected to go for it on 4th and 7 early in the fourth quarter instead of attempting a 53-yard field goal into the wind. Russell Wilson drew the San Francisco 49ers offsides to give them a free play, and he hit Jermaine Kearse for a 35-yard touchdown pass to put his team up 20-17 — a lead they didn’t relinquish.

Now we’re learning that the play was possible thanks in part to the recommendation of kicker Steven Hauschka, who dissuaded head coach Pete Carroll from attempting the difficult field goal.

“I didn’t really want to kick it, to tell you the truth,” Hauschka told Newsday after the game. “It was into the wind . . . I didn’t think it was the right decision and I let coach Carroll know that.”

Hauschka told Newsday that he had never before turned down a kick, but he didn’t think this one was one he could make given the conditions.

“You have to be honest with yourself,” he said. “It was the wind at that moment. Sometimes you can make that, but I felt the wind at that moment was into the face enough to not want to try that kick. I grabbed him on the sideline as I ran out because I could see the flags [on top of the uprights] and I told him: ‘We shouldn’t kick this.’ ”

The Seahawks initially sent out their field goal team to attempt the kick, but Carroll called timeout and sent out his offense. The move paid off — the touchdown may have been the biggest play of the game.

As another interesting note, the play the Seahawks called for 4th and 7 changed once San Francisco jumped offsides. The receivers ran streaks instead, which is how Wilson ended up throwing a touchdown pass to Kearse.

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