Pete Carroll’s mantra “Always compete” may have put him into the hot seat today as the NFLPA found him in violation of the recently installed CBA’s.
The suspension was due to the fact that the Seahawks had live contact during their OTAs, which are strictly prohibited at this point. They were scheduled to continue doing OTAs Wednesday (6th) and Thursday (7th), followed by a workout day on Friday (8th). Due to recent events, all three of those have all been cancelled and the players are not permitted to be in the facility during those times.
“There will be no contact work (e.g., “live” blocking, tackling, pass rushing, bump-and-run) or use of pads (helmets permitted) at minicamps,” the collective bargaining agreement warns. (ESPN.com)
Carroll touches on the punishment.
“Because it’s always about one play here or one play there. It wasn’t play after play after play. It was a few plays that stood out where guys made mistakes trying too hard and competing too much. We’ll find that level.”
Carroll is still haunted by his NCAA days and his successful run with USC. This will only add to critics relentlessness disbelief that Carroll runs a winning ship.
“I think if nothing else, the league will understand maybe a standard better. Our guys are going to miss these two days and we’ll come back with minicamp starting next week, and it will be really important for us to do well there. We’ll be that much smarter about how we can do things right. And we’ll continue to work with our young guys to make sure they understand.”
Many of the Seahawks players disagree with the with the punishment.
“Go hard or go home…..guess we got both!!! Going hard for the #12thman #Seahawks.” Tweeted Chris Maragos after hearing of his teams punishment and not being able to practice the next few days.
Richardo Lockette also vented his frustrations on twitter.
“Seahawk fans just know it’s about to go down and we were going hard at practice for you guys”
*added writers credit to Chris Chard