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Unnecessary penalties are still hurting the Seahawks


By staff

After the Seahawks’ second preseason game, coach Pete Carroll shared the humorous exchange he had with Breno Giacomini when the right tackle committed a personal foul against a Broncos defender.

Carroll: “What did you do? How could you do that?”

Giacomini: “I didn’t do anything. I didn’t do anything. All I did was head-butt him.”

Carroll appreciated the edge Giacomini played with in that game, saying “I like Breno to walk that fine line. He just can’t cross it. So we’re going to keep working at it.”

Giacomini’s aggressive mentality was again a topic of discussion when Carroll joined “Brock and Salk” on Monday, though there was no joking around this time.

Giacomini drew two personal-foul penalties for late hits in Seattle’s loss to St. Louis on Sunday, twice pushing the Seahawks back 15 yards on drives that would end in punts. Carroll questioned whether the second of those flags – which was thrown on the Seahawks’ second-to-last drive – was warranted but called both of them “big factors in the game.”

“He’s trying to be a tough guy. We’ve worked him really hard at finishing and getting around piles,” Carroll said. “He’s gone too far and he understands, he knows. He’s trying to be as aggressive as he can, and that’s easily fixed.”

Giacomini was also flagged for an offsetting personal-foul penalty in the opener.

When asked whether a temporary benching would help get the message across, Carroll said, “He knows. He knows it will cost him big.”

In the video below, Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby discuss the need for Giacomini and the rest of the Seahawks to eliminate those costly mistakes.

You can listen to Monday’s podcast here.