Seattle had only 10 players on the field on this 3rd quarter play against Dallas.
photo courtesy of FOX Television
by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - The Seattle Seahawks continue to be plagued by penalties and substitution issues that hamper the team's chances at winning games.
The Seahawks have the second most penalties of any team in the league with 70 penalties for 523 yards through eight games. Only the Oakland Raiders have been penalized more frequently. Seattle has had 8 or more penalties in six of their eight games this season.
In comparison, Mike Holmgren coached teams had only 27 eight-plus penalty games in his 10-year tenure as head coach of the Seahawks, an average of less than three games a year.
Holmgren never had more than 5 eight-plus penalty games in any given season, with the Super Bowl season in 2005 being the high mark,
"When you have penalites, that's the word that always comes up - the discipline word," Carroll said. "I think that we can be better, we can do better in our areas so we're all working at it and we're all taking responsibility for it."
On Sunday, the Seahawks had only 10 players on the field for a critical third down play late in the third quarter. The Cowboys were facing 3rd and 6 from the Seahawks' 36-yard line. For some reason, Seattle was missing a fourth defensive lineman and had only 10 players on the field for the play. (Illustrated above.)
QB Tony Romo completed a first down pass to TE Jason Witten for 23 yards down to the Seahawks 13-yard line.
Three plays later, Romo connected with WR Laurent Robinson for a 6-yard touchdown that gave Dallas a 20-6 lead early in the fourth quarter.
In addition, Seattle had to burn a timeout midway through the third quarter for not having the correct personnel on the field, a situation that occured last week against the Cincinnati Bengals as well.
"I think that in our efforts, we've errored some and made some mistakes and it's not always the discipline," Carroll said. "Some times it can be our mistakes as a coaching staff where we try to get something done special and we don't get the right communication in."
Whether it is due to a lack of discipline, who knows, but when you have a young team like Carroll does, the margin for error is so slight that they can't get by with those type of mistakes.
"Our margin has been very, very narrow and that’s why a couple penalties or a turnover or a kicking game situation can make the difference in the game."
The Seahawks came out of the game against Dallas with very few injury issues.
LB David Vobora suffered a concussion when he was slammed to the ground by Cowboys WR Jesse Holley on the fumbled kickoff return by RB Leon Washington. The play drew a personal foul call on Holley, but Vobora was sidelined the rest of the game.
QB Tarvaris Jackson came out of the game alright, and Carroll said he feels better this Monday than he did a week ago.
"We just kind of go day to day on how he responds," Carroll said. "He’s still very sore today and all that but he’s just gauging it on what he can do and the workouts that he’s been doing. In rehab, they can gauge the strength that he has and he’s okay at this point."
WR Sidney Rice (unspecified) and WR Mike Williams (hamstring) will each be limited during the week, but aren't expected to be serious issues. Rice was listed on the injury report with a foot injury a week ago.
WR Deon Butler has been practicing with the team the last three weeks as he remains on the physically unable to perform list. The team will have to make a decision on whether to place him on the active roster or release him on Tuesday. He passed a physical to practice with the team and therfore cannot be placed on injured reserve.