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October 7, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Seahawks Second Thoughts: Officiating raises some eyebrows in Seattle locker room

Here are a few Second Thoughts — some notes and quotes that didn’t get into our initial coverage — on Seattle’s 27-17 win over Washington.

— What’s likely to be a lasting impression of this game are all the penalties against Seattle — a season-high 13 for 90 yards.

The penalties wiped out three apparent Percy Harvin touchdowns and were the main reason the game was still in a least a semblance of doubt midway through the fourth quarter.

That Seattle had 10 more penalties than Washington, though, didn’t go unnoticed by the Seahawks.

“I think the refs are selling jerseys online,” said defensive lineman Michael Bennett with his tongue partly in cheek. “They’re getting more air time Monday night than the players are.”

Safety Earl Thomas was a little more outspoken, saying: “I think it is Monday Night Football, you know, the fans are watching and everybody wants to see a good game, so they are going to try and make it as close as possible. It’s a business.”

So was Richard Sherman who said of Harvin’s three TDs being called back that “I’ve never seen that, ever. I’d be curious to see all those calls.”

Harvin said he didn’t want to “get into all that.”

But he also made clear he wanted to see the film and judge for himself.

“I’m not sure exactly what happened on the penalties,” Harvin said. “But we got the bad side of the penalties today, for whatever reason. It kind of slowed our offense down.”

Coach Pete Carroll said he had no real issue with a lot of the procedure-type penalties called against the offense, saying the Seahawks seemed a little out of sorts up front.

“We were moving for whatever reason and we just weren’t settled,” Carroll said. “Didn’t show that during the week, so it surprised us. But that’s in our control. We can fix that.”

— To break down Seattle’s penalties in the game, the Seahawks were called for four penalties on defensive — two neutral zone infractions, one illegal use of hands and one offsides; and nine on offense — four false starts, three holdings, one delay of game and one unnecessary roughness. You can view a complete breakdown of all of the penalties here.

Carroll seemed to question most the unnecessary roughness penalty on James Carpenter that wiped out one of Harvin’s touchdowns.

“I didn’t see it,” he said. “The guys upstairs think that it was an outrageous foul but the official thought he drove in there and threw an elbow or something like that. I didn’t see that, but I’m anxious to see it again.”

— Carroll agreed with a questioner that penalties seem up across the board this year in the NFL thanks to some of the new emphasis. But he said Seattle has to figure out a way to deal with the way the games are being called.

“We’ve seen that the numbers are up all across the board,” Carroll said. “We’re not going to go that way. We’re not going to give in to that. There were eight of them that happened before the ball was snapped. That’s us. That has nothing to do with the officiating.”

—  Sherman also had some harsh words afterward for Washington receiver Pierre Garcon, saying he “doesn’t matter in this league” and also ripping Garcon for pulling on his hair. It’s always something.

— Sherman also professed afterward that there was not a single moment of angst for Seattle. “No,” he said. “It was a basic game for us. Obviously, some plays got away from us. Some things happened — had three touchdowns called back, etc. etc. But no, we were never worried in this game.”




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