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August 27, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll responds to NFL penalties for violating mini-camp practice rules

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said today that despite having been penalized by the NFL on Tuesday for violating rules regarding contact during a June mini-camp, his team is “trying to do things exactly right.”

Asked after practice today about the penalty, Carroll delivered the following response:

“The first year (2012), they had some question with how we worked (Seattle was also penalized for breaking rules regarding contact during OTAs that year), and then we had a great year last year. And we took from last year and tried to do things better than last year with the same tone and the same thought. They decided otherwise when they looked at the film or something. We had a couple instances that they took note too. But we’re always competing here. That’s how we do this. We’re trying to do things exactly right. We’re not trying to push it over the top. We’re trying to do things exactly right. After the year before and at the halfway point of camp we heard we got a really good report about the way we’re working so we stayed with it. And then in our mini camp there was an incident that they took note too. I’m really disappointed because I don’t want to be doing things wrong. I want to be doing things right. I want to show exactly how to do it. When we’re competing like we do, we’re trying to do things the best you can possibly do it. Unfortunately this decision makes it look otherwise.”

Carroll confirmed that the investigation originated due to a fight between Richard Sherman and Phil Bates during practice on June 18. That led to the NFL reviewing Seattle’s mini-camp practices and determining that a penalty was in order.

Asked if he thought it was a fair penalty or if the NFL was making an example of the Seahawks, Carroll said: “I’m not making any statement about that.”

Asked if he felt the Seahawks were being picked on, he said: “No, I don’t feel like the victim. No, I don’t at all. I think that we practice in a manner that draws attention, and we have for a long time. And I go back: A year ago and halfway through this camp, when they observed what was going on, they said everything was just fine so we kept going and just kept working. I was really pleased with that but unfortunately it went otherwise when we got to mini camp.”

Asked if the explanation was that the practice was too physical, he said: “I haven’t read the letter yet, to tell you the truth. I didn’t get a chance too.”

You can see some of Carroll’s initial response about the penalty in the video below:

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