Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he has already begun talking to the NFL to see what changes the team needs to make to assure it does not get penalized again for violating off-season workout rules in the future.
In the wake of penalties levied on the team earlier this week for violating NFL rules on practicing in the off-season, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the team is consulting with the league on how to make sure Seattle stays in compliance.
The NFL on Monday announced that the Seahawks were fined $400,000 and will lose their fifth-round draft pick in 2017 for violating NFL-NFLPA work rules that prohibit excessive contact in all offseason workouts. Carroll was fined $200,000, and the Seahawks must forfeit their first week of OTAs (organized team activities) in 2017.
It’s the third time since 2012 the Seahawks have been penalized for violations in offseason workouts.
Carroll noted Wednesday that one thing he is asking is to learn how other teams practice during OTAs. Carroll said finding out more about how other teams work during the off-season could help assure Seattle doesn’t run afoul of the rules
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“I already started that (talking to the league),” Carroll said. “We don’t share that information. That information isn’t shared; the film isn’t shared. What other people are doing is really important to me right now. Obviously we’re going too far so we have to find out how to reel in.”
Carroll said one of the challenges is teaching the players how to practice within the guidelines.
“We tried to simulate what it looks like,” he said. “We tried to simulate what it looks like so runners see what it looks like. Linebackers, DBs (defensive backs) they see what it looks like. Everybody is orchestrating, in a sense — this is the way we talk to them — you’re going to dance together because it isn’t real football. So you have to fit together to make those looks in that we’re simulating what football looks like. That’s not selling well. It’s not coming across well when they look at us. I have to adjust that.
“But that’s been the intent; is to make it look as much like it can look. We’re not going full speed, we’re not hitting. We’re not doing any of that stuff. Because we’re following through to make it look right. It’s putting us in a position that is not being accepted. We have to fix that. We’ve been working at this some time. I thought we had it nailed two years ago. That’s why we repeated exactly the same way but we have to do better. It isn’t right yet, so, obviously.”