Seahawks Insider: Kam Chancellor talks about ‘elminating the bickering with other teams’

Sep 25, 2017, 6:28 AM | Updated: 11:02 am
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The Seahawks and Titans game had one especially notable flare-up Sunday. (AP)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The big plays sunk Seattle in the second half of Sunday’s six-point loss in Nashville.

The Seahawks didn’t help themselves, though, when it came to staying focused, said strong safety Kam Chancellor in an answer that got more interesting as he talked.

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“It wasn’t our best game,” Chancellor said. “Just got to get back to playing together, playing sound ball, taking it one play at a time, eliminating the frustration.

“Eliminating the bickering with other teams. Eliminate the extra exertion and energy that we don’t need. Conserve the energy for each play so your grind’s contained. So that’s it. And just tackle. Tackling better.”

Wait. Is Chancellor saying the bickering got in the way?

“I think every time we get into bickering it takes a little bit,” Chancellor said. “It’s wasted energy. It takes a little bit of focus and it distracts and it takes a little bit of energy.”

Chancellor said it was something that would be addressed going forward. Then again, he also said there were attempts to get everyone refocused during the game.

“I was saying something in the first half,” Chancellor said. “After a while, if you start getting into it too much then you start losing your energy and then your focus.

“We said as much as we could say. At the end of the day, everybody is their own man. Everybody has got a part on this defense. We’ve got to do better. We’ve all got to do better.”

It’s important to note Chancellor did not specify any individuals, and spoke only in general terms.

Defensive linemen Michael Bennett and Jarran Reed were involved in confrontations with Tennessee offensive linemen at different points of the game. Cornerback Richard Sherman was also involved in several flare-ups as he was assessed three penalties on one play in the first half, including a pass-interference penalty that nullified an interception, and later hit Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota as he was going out of bounds, setting off a scrum between the two teams.

Chancellor was asked about a specific incident in the game, but declined to get more specific.

“I’m just talking about throughout the game,” Chancellor said.

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