As is our usual custom on the day-after exhibition games, here’s our look at three things that we learned.
As is mentioned in the story, of what negatives there may have been in the game the one that most concerned Pete Carroll afterward was penalties.
Seattle was flagged for 15, 12 of which were accepted. The officials seemed admittedly a little flag-happy — Denver was flagged for 12, with nine accepted.
And as Carroll also noted, there was no real rhyme or reason to it, which makes it a little more difficult to address.
There were seven called on offense, five on special teams and three on defense.
You also couldn’t just say it was young guys who might not make the team. Among those flagged for penalties were OT Russell Okung (holding), OT Breno Giacomini (unnecessary roughenss), OG Paul McQuistan (false start), WRs Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin (each for offensive pass interference), RB Robert Turbin (holding) and LB Malcolm Smith (illegal contact).
As I detailed prior to camp, penalties were an issue for Seattle last year, as well, and something the team has hoped to address (Okung and Giacomini were each among the top-five most-penalized players in the league last year).
As is also detailed in the blog from July, some of the best teams in the league also get called for the most penalties. Still, expect the Seahawks to continue to search for ways to figure out how to cut down on penalties.