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Get ready for the Legion of Boom rule

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A decade ago, the NFL made illegal contact and defensive holding a point of emphasis based in part on complaints from former Colts G.M. Bill Polian that Patriots defensive backs were manhandling Peyton Manning’s pass-catchers.  Now, the NFL is re-emphasizing the point of emphasis.

As explained by FOX’s Mike Pereira on Twitter, a former NFL V.P. of officiating, illegal contact and defensive holding will be a point of emphasis in 2014.

As a practical matter, it’s the Legion of Boom rule.  In 2013, the Seahawks brazenly committed illegal contact and holding, knowing that, if illegal contact happens on every play, the officials won’t throw a flag on every play.  In an intriguing segment that aired on NBCSN’s NFL Turning Point, Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman was displaying to a teammate on the practice field techniques for concealing illegal contact.

This year, the officials may be far more inclined to throw flags.  Per Pereira, the 2004 push to stop defensive backs from pushing and tugging and shoving receivers resulted in an increase in illegal contact fouls from 79 to 191.

That will lead to more intriguing comments from Sherman, especially in light of what he said in January.

“The game was allowed to be played physical, and that’s why you had so many run games,” Sherman said regarding the way the NFL used to be.  “That’s an old school brand of football.  I don’t know how old the rules are, but since these rules have come, you look up and every receiver, every play they could drop a wide-open pass and turn around and look for a flag.  I think that kind of ruins the game.  That kind of ruins the intensity, the whole DNA of football and what it is if you see flags every single play.”

Pereira notes that the Legion of Boom rule will be offset by an emphasis on offensive pass interference.  “Not an even trade in my opinion,” Pereira notes.

Despite Sherman’s and Pereira’s desire for the current state of affairs to remain in place, the Seahawks will stop committing so much strategic illegal contact if the flags fly often enough to get the message to the defensive backs that the officials will indeed risk slowing the game to a crawl if the Seahawks hope to take advantage of the reluctance to make a game last much longer than it should.

Of course, telling the officials to throw the flag more often in a conference room won’t necessarily result in more flags being thrown during games.  But it worked in 2004 — it could work again in 2014, making it harder for the Seahawks to repeat.

The good news for Seattle is that, a decade ago, the Patriots won the Super Bowl for a second straight year, even with the renewed emphasis on mugging Manning’s teammates.

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166 Responses to “Get ready for the Legion of Boom rule”
  1. factman1000 says: Jul 21, 2014 12:09 PM

    Nfl trying to get Peyton another ring before he retires

  2. chawkup says: Jul 21, 2014 12:09 PM

    They should call it the Peyton Crybaby rule.

  3. youtubeingravenvids says: Jul 21, 2014 12:09 PM

    Uh oh. Legion of Boom might not be so “scary” anymore.

  4. seahawksteven777 says: Jul 21, 2014 12:09 PM

    I guess Manning has to get his second ring before he retires somehow…

  5. hakunamangata says: Jul 21, 2014 12:10 PM

    So much for that dynasty.

  6. bathmat42 says: Jul 21, 2014 12:10 PM

    Mike Pereira @MikePereira · Jul 18
    Btw, officials were shown many plays regarding illegal contact and defensive holding. How many Seahawk plays???. None.

  7. gtrav says: Jul 21, 2014 12:10 PM

    Such BS. This is just going to lead to more WR’s giving up on the play and flailing for a flag. Let the DB’s play.

  8. myspaceyourface says: Jul 21, 2014 12:12 PM

    Turning into flag football. In more ways then one.

  9. pjflynn84 says: Jul 21, 2014 12:13 PM

    The NFL really wants Manning to get that second ring.

  10. schmokes says: Jul 21, 2014 12:13 PM

    You’ll have to come up with a better name. The “legion of doom rule” is already used to describe the NFL’s rules against PEDs.

  11. ariani1985 says: Jul 21, 2014 12:14 PM

    The Seattle fan base wasn’t established 10 years ago, they won’t remember that game.

  12. norcalmafia says: Jul 21, 2014 12:14 PM

    Looks like somebodys team is about to be headed back into the cave it was dwelling in the last 40 years…..
    Seahawk jerseys are alot like crocks…their ugly only nerds wear em and you never saw them before 2012…
    Seahawk fans are alot like Macklemore. .There all nerds who were wearing Vikings jerseys in 2010.. (google it)

    #@Small market mullet men
    #@after 4 losses clink will be empty

  13. 700levelvet says: Jul 21, 2014 12:15 PM

    NFL refs are horrible anyway.. What’s the difference if they are just going to continue to make bad calls?

  14. highlander72 says: Jul 21, 2014 12:15 PM

    Good. Everybody knew the Seahawks were manhandling receivers and the nfl let them get away with it. Let the correction come this season.

  15. willardj says: Jul 21, 2014 12:15 PM

    Pretty sure that it was John Fox’s Carolina Panthers and Ricky Manning Jr. who used unnoticed illegal contact to make that Superbowl run in 2003. That 14-3 NFC championship game against the Philadelphia Eagles is what prompted the rule change. Funny how John Fox now gets a taste of his own medicine.

  16. dapollock69 says: Jul 21, 2014 12:15 PM

    Somewhat sickening. 10 years ago tey changed the rules so Manning could get past the Pats. The rules changed- more emphasis- and he did. Now it seems the league was so butt-hurt Manning couldn’t complete another chapter in his narrative that they want to make it easier for them. Full disclosure, not a Colts or Broncos fan or foe, nothing against Manning. But being realistic, he’s a playoff choker and it is a shame to see a blatant change for the sake of it being made easier for him.

  17. thepftpoet says: Jul 21, 2014 12:16 PM

    The real legion of boom rule:

    No more PEDs and Adderoll.

    The Seahawks still have 0 Superbowls.

  18. atlfan31833 says: Jul 21, 2014 12:16 PM

    It will be interesting to see how the games would go if they did in fact call more of the holding calls. I know that Tony Gonzalez had to drag defenders several yards each play because the other Falcons receivers were on the injured list and they knew they only had to shut down Gonzalez. I’m sure every fan has similar complaints for their team.

  19. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 21, 2014 12:16 PM

    sometimes you have to laugh

    Seahawks are like the new money guys… just don’t know how to act

  20. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 21, 2014 12:17 PM

    Richard Sherman: “What!? So now we’re all going to have to learn how to play Defense?”

    Seahawks tactical genius: “Oh don’t be silly, there’s lots of loopholes left, we’ll find ways to adjust and laugh at others for not figuring them out.”

  21. pizzasaurus says: Jul 21, 2014 12:18 PM

    In 2013, the Seahawks brazenly committed illegal contact and holding, knowing that, if illegal contact happens on every play, the officials won’t throw a flag on every play.

    That’s quite a claim, that the league champion deliberately and routinely violated pass coverage rules as a part of their game strategy and league officials let them get away with it.

    If other teams did not also violate the same rules deliberately, or if officials did not let other teams get away with the same rule violations, the Seahawks’ championship is clearly tainted.

  22. Aaron Rodgers has Tiny Hands says: Jul 21, 2014 12:19 PM

    So the Me-hawks cheated to win the Super Bowl. Huh.

  23. billsfan1 says: Jul 21, 2014 12:20 PM

    Because they still emphasized videotaping

  24. RegisHawk says: Jul 21, 2014 12:21 PM

    In 2013, the Seahawks brazenly committed illegal contact and holding, knowing that, if illegal contact happens on every play, the officials won’t throw a flag on every play.

    That’s called the Patriot Way.

  25. slbasegame257 says: Jul 21, 2014 12:21 PM

    To me the way the Seahawks and 49ers play is what real football looks like. Teams like the Broncos who score a million points while playing terrible defense and special teams is what the NFL wants though.

  26. TheMorningStar says: Jul 21, 2014 12:21 PM

    So this means Denver is finally going to accrue flags for its blatant and persistent offensive pass interference???

    I’ll believe it when i see it.

  27. wannabeqb says: Jul 21, 2014 12:21 PM

    Here’s an idea; in rugby, if a player repeatedly commits the same offence the referee ejects him from the game. It doesn’t matter how “major” each infringement is or even the final one is. If its your 5th offside penalty, even if it was only for 1yd, you’re out.

    (I think its similar to being fouled out in the NBA but I don’t know the game well enough to say).

    The attitude is, “play the game properly, or we’ll replace you with someone who will”

  28. norcalmafia says: Jul 21, 2014 12:22 PM

    Seahawks jerseys are alot like crocs….their ugly only nerds wear em and you never saw them till 2012…
    Seahawk fans are alot like their hero Macklamore. ..huge nerds who were wearing Viking shirts in 2010..
    #@i took kid somoas lunch money
    #@Seattle is the most boring city in canada

  29. 150bigdaddy says: Jul 21, 2014 12:24 PM

    I remember the Indy playoff game where Harrison caught only 3 passes after catching 142.Ty Law who was covering him also caught 3 in the same game. The more things change the more they stay the same. Mel Blount and the Raiders of that era had to be stopped, now they are going to try and stop Seattle.Denver never had a chance to beat Seattle because of those 5 and 7 yard shimmy routes Manning throws. Denver was physically whipped all over the field all day long. Leave the game alone the 5 yard rule messed it up, Seattle just went and got the players to shut teams down.To say this team is playing illegal is B…s..t.

  30. JSpicoli says: Jul 21, 2014 12:26 PM

    Jack Tatum
    Skip Thomas
    George Atkinson
    Willie Brown

    Are all laughing at this.

  31. juliusanonymous says: Jul 21, 2014 12:26 PM

    “But it worked in 2004 — it could work again in 2014, making it harder for the Seahawks to repeat.”

    Oh, so the Seahawks won the Superbowl by holding Broncos receivers? That’s funny – I recall the Seahawks laying the wood on Broncos receivers, who couldn’t deal with a physical defense.

    That’s why they’re called the Legion of Boom. Because they hit people.

    Florio goes out of his way to hate the Seahawks, and it’s really petty and unprofessional. I expect as much from fans, but analysts shouldn’t write and act like fans – if I want trash talk from fans, I read the comments here or talk trash with other fans at the bar. I come here because I want to read news and rumors, and Florio’s obvious disdain for the Seahawks just comes across as amateurish and unprofessional. You’re supposed to be “bigtime” now Florio, act like it and stop writing like the Steelers blogger you used to be.

  32. godeepwvu says: Jul 21, 2014 12:27 PM

    If Richard Sherman wasn’t such a dope trying to start confusion, then none of this would be a topic. It’s just too important for him to be the center of attention.

  33. RegisHawk says: Jul 21, 2014 12:27 PM

    Harbs will have to dance alot better on the sidelines to distract the refs from his boys pulling that stunt.

  34. micknangold says: Jul 21, 2014 12:27 PM

    This is what the league really needs – to make it easier to throw the football! I don’t think there’s enough guys putting up Madden numbers yet.

  35. dwarftosser says: Jul 21, 2014 12:28 PM

    About time.

  36. johngaltwho says: Jul 21, 2014 12:28 PM

    Smart move by the Seahawks – blatant and repeated defensive holding – daring the refs to flag them. Why not? If the calls went against them, they could adjust; they didnt, so they kept on doing it all the way to a dominant superbowl win. 2014 is a new season – and it cant come soon enough.

  37. 12dat says: Jul 21, 2014 12:30 PM

    Ariani: The Seattle fan base wasn’t established 10 years ago, they won’t remember that game.

    10 years ago the 49ers were about to use their #1 overall pick on Alex Smith. Seattle was in the playoffs, again. We remember.

  38. norcalmafia says: Jul 21, 2014 12:31 PM

    Im the best corner in the game! Dont you ever open up yo mouth about the best! Who was talking about you? CRABTREE!

  39. blueballzny says: Jul 21, 2014 12:31 PM

    Either there is holding or there isn’t. If there is, then throw the flag. I don’t understand whit this so so complicated.

  40. jimthebuilder27 says: Jul 21, 2014 12:32 PM

    Knock it off NFL! Not everyone wants to see 40 point games all the time!!

    Some of us still like to see defense get played without a flag every other play!

  41. redandgoldhitman52 says: Jul 21, 2014 12:34 PM

    everyone pointed that out last year. i dont care care if the ref has to throw a holding flag every play. if its holding , throw the flag.looks like that overrated def will come come back to earth this year.

  42. cartire says: Jul 21, 2014 12:35 PM

    [i]In 2013, the Seahawks brazenly committed illegal contact and holding, knowing that, if illegal contact happens on every play, the officials won’t throw a flag on every play.[/i]

    Dude. You just proved your dont watch any tape. You are regurgitating an angry sports writer from NY. He wrote the article after the shutout the seahawks put on NY. He made up everything outta frustration and you guys ran with it. You ran with is so hard its insulting.

    You have convinced yourself that they really hold every down. When they hold no more then any other team. Either give me some facts, actual data, or just stop spewing this regurgitated nonsense.

    The Legion of Boom rule…. Mike Pereira even said, not a single play was shown of Seattle holding. Get over yourself.

    And go ahead and delete this, you know you will. It makes light of how ridiculous you are.

  43. seabrawk12 says: Jul 21, 2014 12:35 PM

    Let the butt hurt flow through you. The Hawks are primed for an excellent 2014. Can’t wait to watch the haters squirm again – Go HAWKS

  44. chawkup says: Jul 21, 2014 12:35 PM

    norcalmafia says:
    Jul 21, 2014 12:14 PM
    Looks like somebodys team is about to be headed back into the cave it was dwelling in the last 40 years…..
    Seahawk jerseys are alot like crocks…their ugly only nerds wear em and you never saw them before 2012…
    Seahawk fans are alot like Macklemore. .There all nerds who were wearing Vikings jerseys in 2010.. (google it)

    #@Small market mullet men
    #@after 4 losses clink will be empty
    ————————————-
    Somebody needs to go back to Fifth Grade and learn the difference between there, their, and they’re.

  45. pongonfl says: Jul 21, 2014 12:36 PM

    What the pats did was different, they would mug a guy and it would lead to an interception. That’s not what I have seen from Seattle, Manning just didnt know what he was seeing, or so it seemed to me.

  46. ydousuk says: Jul 21, 2014 12:36 PM

    Seahawks jerseys are alot like crocs….their ugly only nerds wear em and you never saw them till 2012…
    Seahawk fans are alot like their hero Macklamore. ..huge nerds who were wearing Viking shirts in 2010..
    #@i took kid somoas lunch money
    #@Seattle is the most boring city in canada
    —————————————————-
    So, if you post it enough times someine will read it??

    Jealous aren’t you?

    Suoer Bowl Champs

    Go Hawks

    #teenagersusehashtags
    #winsomethingthiscenturythentalk

  47. qdog112 says: Jul 21, 2014 12:37 PM

    Will they outlaw the pick play?

  48. seahawksteven777 says: Jul 21, 2014 12:38 PM

    You don’t even have to be a Seahawks fan to hate this rule. It sucks. It’s going to further eliminate good defense out of the NFL. You already can’t touch a QB or you get fined and flagged.

    May as well just be flag football with the first to 100 being the winner. That’s what the NFL wants because offense is way more appealing and is more of a money draw.

    Andrew Luck didn’t have any problem throwing against the Seahawks. Maybe Peyton Manning ought to be taking tips from him.

  49. listenup823 says: Jul 21, 2014 12:39 PM

    So much for the Seattle Seahawks

  50. boisestatewhodat says: Jul 21, 2014 12:40 PM

    How about how the NFL coincidentally changes the OT rules immediately following Hartley’s OT kick in the 2009 NFCCG…complete OT rule overhaul after decades of OT rule continuity. Its a changing game, I get that. Just hope it doesn’t cripple popularity moving forward.

  51. biggredbird76 says: Jul 21, 2014 12:42 PM

    BLATANT HOLDING SHOULD B CALLED. SHERM WILL GRAB A DUDES WAIST AND HOLD HIM FOR 10 YARDS DOWN THE FIELD. THAT IS NOT PHYSICAL THAT IS HOLDING AND IT SHOULD BE CALLED. THIS HAS 0 TO DO WITH P MANNING.

  52. titansbro says: Jul 21, 2014 12:43 PM

    You idiots, this isn’t about Manning or the Seahawks. This is about points. Points are sexy. Points are exciting. Points bring in more viewers. More viewers bring in more revenues.

    Points = $$$$$$

  53. bigjim50010 says: Jul 21, 2014 12:43 PM

    Saw enough of the fake flopping during World Cup….now I get to see it on a go route? lovely

  54. seahawksteven777 says: Jul 21, 2014 12:45 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Jul 21, 2014 12:14 PM
    “The Seattle fan base wasn’t established 10 years ago, they won’t remember that game.”

    Yeah, you are right. It was established in 1976, when the team first debuted in the league.

    People like you use this logic: “Well, I can’t say nothing bad about their team so I’m gonna try to make jabs about how fans appeared when they were good.”

    Funny, I remember tons of tickets being sold long before 2012.

  55. norcalmafia says: Jul 21, 2014 1:01 PM

    Seahawk fans are so proud of their #12 and claim to be the best fans in the NFL…bwahahaha
    Seattle has consistently been voted one of Americas worst sports towns and were never more popular than 28th untill 2 years ago….things that make you go hhmmmm….lol
    Funny all these fake Seattle fans tried to copy the Raiders by painting there faces and screaming…one problem ..40 year old school teachers and rick moranis look alikes arent scary..lime green isnt intimidating and the Raiderz actually have won more than 1 SB
    #@where were these guys 5 years ago
    #@they all walked by police at Candlestick parking lot

  56. lflib69 says: Jul 21, 2014 1:01 PM

    I have to agree with the people on here saying there were no Seahawk fans before 2012…I know someone personally that prior to 2012 said he was a Seahawks fan….BUT rooted for the Eagles because he liked Michael Vick and the Seahawks sucked. Only when the Seahawks started winning he all of a sudden forgets about the Eagles and Vick and acts like “his” Hawks are the best thing around. Can’t wait until he becomes a Yets fan and roots on Vick again ;)

  57. infectorman says: Jul 21, 2014 1:02 PM

    Seadderal Secondary has been muggin, grabbing, holding and impeding receivers for years.
    Couple that with chompin’ Adderal like M&M’s and you get the “Legion of Doom”.

    Over-rated cheathawks***.

    can’t wait to see Shermy cryin about what he “could always get away with in the past”.

  58. ghost26 says: Jul 21, 2014 1:03 PM

    titansbro says: Jul 21, 2014 12:43 PM

    You idiots, this isn’t about Manning or the Seahawks. This is about points. Points are sexy. Points are exciting. Points bring in more viewers. More viewers bring in more revenues.

    Points = $$$$$$

    Titansbro,

    I know what your saying but it’s too much scoring. Just ;ook at the explosion in the popularity of soccer. Are they scoring more goals??? No. Take the fantasy geeks out of the equations & I guarantee that the majority of real football fans want to see games that are physically contested. Sure fans from other teams complain about Sherman holding but I can tell you that EVERY team in the NFL wishes they had a CB with his size & toughness.

    The NFL is changing too much in favor of the passing game & each year it continues to water down the product. If it gets even worse than it already is not only will the defenses will become obsolete but the games will start to become unwatchable.

    IMO–The best games to watch in the NFL are when the Niners play the Seahawks & I’m not a fan of either team.

  59. RegisHawk says: Jul 21, 2014 1:03 PM

    I’m relatively certain the Seahawks don’t propound the philosophy of holding until they rack up big penalties. I’m also certain they will take steps to avoid any issues that this change in the rules will cause other teams.

    There was a time when Kam Chancellor came close to handing over his yearly salary in penalties. Nowawdays, he’s held up as a classic example of how to hit the opponent. That’s scouting for the right people and coaching them to do their job well.

    Finally, Florio is a 49er fan. He will *always* take advantage of these stories to slam a better team. It’s boringly predictable.

  60. Straight Cash Homie says: Jul 21, 2014 1:04 PM

    It’s about time. Every game there was Sherman, Thomas, or some other DB hanging on to guys 10 yards down the field. Last I checked the rule book says no contact after 5 yards and if there is its a penalty plain and simple. There were to many games where they got away with it.

    “If illegal contact happens on every play, the officials won’t throw a flag on every play.” Why the hell not? If its illegal every official should have a flag on the field. Call it twenty times in a row if you have to until its known that its a penalty and it will be called. I don’t care if its Seattle, NE, Jax, Cle or whoever, the rule is written in simple, plain English so either enforce it or change the rule and let everyone manhandle WR’s 10, 15, 20 yards down the field.

  61. thrillomania says: Jul 21, 2014 1:05 PM

    2 QB’s throw for over 5K yards. additional 7 over 4K. 2 just miss 4K by under 100 yards. yes, obviously the league needs to put a point of emphasis on defensive contact because its really messing up the passing #’s in the NFL.

  62. carbonriver says: Jul 21, 2014 1:07 PM

    Didn’t show one clip of the LOB as they reviewed the rule change. Sherman will bump guys hard in the 5 yard buffer and that is still going to be legal. The issue last year was a lot of me-too teams trying to replicate the LOB and having their guys bumping outside the buffer or holding within the buffer because they couldn’t keep with a receive down field after a bump. The LOB can and will still bump hard in the 5 yd buffer and they’ll stay with receivers down field, they wouldn’t get all the PI calls against them if they weren’t able to keep up with receivers once they break off the bump :-)

    And the rule change is dumb since it won’t help pretty boy Manning win another ring this time. He physically can’t throw for much more than 5 yards anymore so his receivers will spend most of their routes in the buffer where it still legal to bump them – let alone throw them back 5 more yards once they touch the ball.

  63. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jul 21, 2014 1:12 PM

    Every time Peyton loses a big game, the rule changes come down to make defenses even more toothless.

  64. thetruthcampaign says: Jul 21, 2014 1:14 PM

    That sucks that everyone has to play by the rules. Sucks!

  65. kamthechancellor says: Jul 21, 2014 1:17 PM

    This rule is a double edged sword. Maybe it effects Seattle’s defense or maybe it doesn’t. One thing people need to remember is that Seattle now has two of the fastest recievers in the entire league and Wilson throws a nice deep ball. Good luck covering Harvin and Richardson if you can’t touch them at the line of scrimmage. Seattle’s offense will explode this season.

  66. GreenAndBlueMakesMeSpew says: Jul 21, 2014 1:17 PM

    yet another reason for an asterisk

  67. scmems07 says: Jul 21, 2014 1:18 PM

    good ol’ seattle fans, all the nfl is saying that it is enforcing a rule that the seahawks admitted to breaking every game and some how the fans take it as a favorable rule for p.manning, well in that case i say it’s a favorable rule for r.wilson then, i mean even though he throws the ball less than any qb in the league he still throws it a few times a game. quit complaining, it’s not a rule that is just for the seattle defense…..well, kind of, since they won a superbowl by cheating.

  68. 16nyniner80 says: Jul 21, 2014 1:20 PM

    2 years late – those cheaters in Seattle already have a ring. Is the NFL’s infatuation with Seattle over?

  69. slugbaitspace says: Jul 21, 2014 1:21 PM

    Here’s what Florio said on Jan 11: “The Seahawks led the league with 13 pass interference penalties in 2013. They also had 10 defensive holding calls.”

    So, they get far more than the “average” number of flags thrown at them, and this “point of emphasis” will supposedly slow them down?

    I have a feeling this “point of emphasis” will impact a lot of other teams a lot more than it will impact the LOB.

  70. Ed Bandell says: Jul 21, 2014 1:25 PM

    What a lot of people are overlooking is that a lot of these more favorable rules for the offense actually got installed after the Ravens won their first Superbowl essentially off of a superb defense, a great ground and pound running game, and one of the best kickers ever to play the game of football. It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective. The NFL wants a pretty, pass happy, huge point total game.

    I like to watch football too, played within the rules. You are allowed to touch a receiver within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage. After that it is a penalty.

    On the other hand it is said rather often that officials could call holding on the offensive line on almost every single play.

    I just hate it when calls aren’t being made because of the caliber of the player that is committing the foul. Alan Iverson’s killer crossover….is actually carrying the ball in a dribble and should be called a foul. Jordan usually got an extra step or so when driving to the basket. Should have been traveling. Same thing with calling fouls on a star player. “They came to watch the player play, not the official.”

    You’ve got to have some sort of standard. If you call the penalty enough it might be effective enough to make the issue solve itself. Perhaps then the refs can revert back to only really throwing the flag on the most blatant infractions.

  71. kamthechancellor says: Jul 21, 2014 1:26 PM

    Just another topic for the norcalsissy and his girlfriends to whine about.

    #We’reStillBetterThanYou
    #WorldChampions

  72. censorshipstinks says: Jul 21, 2014 1:27 PM

    haha I guarantee no back to back super bowl winner this year. Maybe the first of two but Seattle is screwed BIG TIME. Who’s band wagon is Florio going to jump on now?

  73. vikesr4reel says: Jul 21, 2014 1:28 PM

    Good thing for the Seahawks the officials aren’t checking duffle bags for PEDS!

    ******Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl winner*******

  74. kevco1956 says: Jul 21, 2014 1:28 PM

    Receivers always spin around and ask for flags on most passing routes, penalize them for flagrante and excessive gripes after the play if no penalty was assessed. Seems every pass play has this ridiculous behavior.

  75. realdealsteel says: Jul 21, 2014 1:32 PM

    The NFL should be ashamed of themselves…

    The Seahawks play a physical brand of football where they hit simultaneously when the ball arrives. And the NFL goes and at every turn tries to legislate physicality out of football.

    And every time Peyton cries, the NFL responds like Peyton is God or something. I don’t care how many times you try and give Peyton rings, the fans see right through your feeble attempts at watering down the game for him. All this does is make me root for the Seahawks or any other physical style of football team even more.

    NFL…HERE ME AND HEAR ME WELL:

    YOUR MESSING UP THE GAMES LONG TERM HEALTH BY TRYING TO LEGISLATE VIOLENCE AND PHYSICALITY OUT OF THE GAME! LEAVE THE GAME AS IT WAS SUPPOSE TO BE!

  76. CKL says: Jul 21, 2014 1:33 PM

    qdog112 says:
    Jul 21, 2014 12:37 PM
    Will they outlaw the pick play?
    _________________________
    Take a bow, sir. This is platinum.

    One of my favorite things about this past SB besides watching a great defense and tough football dominate was the thought of NaPolian having apoplexy somewhere watching his poor little peytie poo having to deal with a physical defense. So naturally this is happening. Sigh.

    One of my favorite things about Pereira is that he has always hated the PI rule. I’m old school and love physical old school football where 21-14 feels like a high scoring game. Where a single error or strategic mistake could be the tide turner. This fan is NOT a fan of Arena League scoring! Quality is always better than quantity to me.

  77. armoderate says: Jul 21, 2014 1:34 PM

    It’s about time. Sherman can complain, but for sixty years, the rules of pass interference clearly disallowed holding receivers’ arms, grabbing and holding their shirts or pants, hard bumping of the receiver especially when the ball is in the air. If you can’t play by the rules, then your not that good. Don’t put yourself in the company of Deion or Revis who seemed to have “coped” with the established rules of pass coverage. You ain’t that good. Seattle has been given too much of a home field advantage or should I say crowd intimidation. I’ll call you an all pro when you play by the rules and still can effectively defend.

  78. norcalmafia says: Jul 21, 2014 1:36 PM

    A typical Seahawk tailgate party consists of a guy who looks like Rick Moranis with a lime green spiked mullet and his face painted a lady that looks like Martha Stewart also wearing a green spiked mullet with green beads all over her neck..They have the back of the ol Suburu Outback open with #12 flags all over the thing and theyre dining on dried oatmeal ..salmon and rice and trail mix..They will all also be wearing neon green hiking boots..For some reason they all have price tags on all they’re Seahawk apparel. . (Must be some fashion trend)

    #@its not just 49er fans laughing at you
    #@ whole foods is the official sponsor of the Seahawks

  79. arrowtoyourknee says: Jul 21, 2014 1:37 PM

    Wait a sec… so you’re telling me that the way Seattle was throwing around receivers last season, should have been flagged multiple times and weren’t..? Didn’t see that one coming. Hard to believe that grabbing jerseys and throwing players down merits a flag being thrown.
    /end sarcasm

    Seattle is a joke. Except Russel Wilson and Marshawn Lynch, those guys are legit. It’s just a shame they have to be on that team.

  80. Eutaw's Finest says: Jul 21, 2014 1:38 PM

    Here’s the thing: SOMETHING had to give. The way the game was being officiated the receivers were getting handled and could do nothing about it really. So the options were either focus on defensive PI or allow holding. And we all know they weren’t about to allow the latter.

  81. phillytailgater says: Jul 21, 2014 1:43 PM

    Legion of Boom added to the main screen of Madden and immediately gets cursed!

  82. seahawkhuskyfan says: Jul 21, 2014 1:44 PM

    Yes, that helped Seattle barely get by Denver in the big game.

  83. pftpoetisloosebuthole says: Jul 21, 2014 1:45 PM

    An awful lot of smack talk on here. In the end we all know that if the NFL enforces the pass interference rules it will hurt a lot of teams but probably none more than Seattle.

  84. 150bigdaddy says: Jul 21, 2014 1:46 PM

    See what Indianapolis and T YHilton did to Seattle last year,5 catches 143 yards 28 yard Avg and 2 Td’s. Maybe Manning should ask Elway to get him some people who can run fast.There are going to be so many flags thrown this year it will be sickening, just to stop a team that’s physical.Tbey should just go ahead and eliminate the 5 yard rule, and say no contact at all.Fist team to 100 wins.

  85. erarey64 says: Jul 21, 2014 1:47 PM

    Cheaters prospered, but won’t prevail.

  86. footballfan58 says: Jul 21, 2014 1:48 PM

    So THAT’S how they won a Super Bowl! LOL!!

  87. r8dernation says: Jul 21, 2014 1:48 PM

    In 2013, the Seahawks brazenly committed illegal contact and holding, knowing that, if illegal contact happens on every play, the officials won’t throw a flag on every play.
    _______________________________

    They do if you play for the Raiders. Refs have a quota to meet during Raider games.

  88. baddegg says: Jul 21, 2014 1:48 PM

    “In an intriguing segment that aired on NBCSN’s NFL Turning Point, Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman was displaying to a teammate on the practice field techniques for concealing illegal contact.”

    And so you see finally Richard Sherman’s big mouth causing trouble for his team. We’ll see how the “best cornerback in the game” does when he has to play by the actual rules.

  89. raideralex99 says: Jul 21, 2014 1:49 PM

    Okay let me get this right … the Seahawks are holding and making illegal contact on every play because they know the refs won’t throw flags on every play … WOW!
    Shame on the NFL but the Raiders fans already know about the refs bias calls.

  90. baddegg says: Jul 21, 2014 1:49 PM

    All these folks are talking about a “rule change” to help Peyton. The way I read this, they just want to reinforce the existing rules.

    That point is obviously odious to fans of Seattle.

  91. GreenAndBlueMakesMeSpew says: Jul 21, 2014 1:50 PM

    Kam, take note from your fellow pedhawk teenager

    ydousuk says: Jul 21, 2014 12:36 PM

    Seahawks jerseys are alot like crocs….their ugly only nerds wear em and you never saw them till 2012…
    Seahawk fans are alot like their hero Macklamore. ..huge nerds who were wearing Viking shirts in 2010..
    #@i took kid somoas lunch money
    #@Seattle is the most boring city in canada
    —————————————————-
    So, if you post it enough times someine will read it??

    Jealous aren’t you?

    Suoer Bowl Champs

    Go Hawks

    #teenagersusehashtags
    #winsomethingthiscenturythentalk
    —————————————
    kamthechancellor says: Jul 21, 2014 1:26 PM

    Just another topic for the norcalsissy and his girlfriends to whine about.

    #We’reStillBetterThanYou
    #WorldChampions

  92. 4949centennial says: Jul 21, 2014 1:51 PM

    Frankly I am sick of Seattle fans like everybody but come on guys. Who cares if they are bandwagon fans. They have been filling their stadium for last 7-10 years. Its not like they just started to follow the team recently. Give them credit, they are very passionate fans not to mention loudest fans.

    I hope Niners/Hawks rivalry continues for next decade. As much as I used to hate Cowboys, I don’t hate them as much as I hate Seahawks.

  93. gerardjac says: Jul 21, 2014 1:52 PM

    i agree…are we going to stop Peyton and Brady with all their pick plays also ??

  94. bigbenh8tr says: Jul 21, 2014 1:53 PM

    At least the Vikings will continue to be irrelevant

  95. seahawksteven777 says: Jul 21, 2014 1:55 PM

    Mike Pereira, former chief of officials, said that when they were going over what to call on the penalties, NONE were Seahawks plays. Just saying.

    Haters going to keep hating.

  96. juliusanonymous says: Jul 21, 2014 1:56 PM

    Only two teams have ever cheated to win a Superbowl – the San Francisco 49ers in 1994 (cheated the salary cap) and the Denver Broncos in the late 90’s (also cheated the salary cap).

    The “cheating” claim is weak as hell. Literally makes the speaker come across like a taunting infant. Like it’s supposed to bother me as a Seahawk fan that some immature dimwit is whining about cheating, like that somehow invalidates one of the most dominant Superbowl wins in NFL history. In reality, it just makes everything sweeter because I get to watch a grown man literally turn into a toddler in front of my eyes – which is hilarious.

    Keep crying, your tears are as delicious as the endless Moet that’s been flowing in the Emerald City since February.

    #KissTheRing
    #2014WorldChampions

  97. easyeddie says: Jul 21, 2014 1:57 PM

    Maybe if Dickie Sherman hadn’t opened his pie-hole about their illegal tactics……………………

  98. Spymaster Belichick says: Jul 21, 2014 2:01 PM

    I’m generally against pro-offense officiating, but this has to be done. The Seahawks’ secondary was blatantly holding all year long. Without the holding and illegal contact, it will be interesting to see how good they really are.

  99. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Jul 21, 2014 2:02 PM

    FACT – small market teams like Seattle are bad for business in the NFL. America wants the Eagles, Jets, Giants, Cowboys, Saints, the Washington Franchise, the Broncos etc in the biggest games.

    Nobody outside of Seattle gives a quack about the ME-HAWKS!

    Bye Bye!!!!

  100. patriotinvasion says: Jul 21, 2014 2:05 PM

    So they repeatedly broke a rule after being told to stop. Same as “spygate” to me. Where is the mass hysteria crying for Congressional hearings? I’ll wait…

    Oh, it’s only because the Patriots and Boston sports in general have crushed the hearts of fans nationwide for over decade? Got it.

  101. oreo51 says: Jul 21, 2014 2:10 PM

    When you have 6-5 WR’s going up against 6-1 CB’s it is hard to have much sympathy for the WR when there is contact. Man up and play through it. There has been too many rule changes to help the offense. Watching a defense dominate is fun, too.

  102. alankelly2013 says: Jul 21, 2014 2:14 PM

    You guys are going to real disappointed this year if your counting on this silly emphasis on defensive holding and pass interference keeping the Seahawks from repeating as Superbowl champioins. Because the Seahawks don’t play defense like that at all. They hit very hard and tackle exceptionally well. That’s all.

    The Broncos made their living last year and broke all kinds of passing records because of YAC. Do you know what that is? In the Superbowl they still caught quite a few passes, but their YAC was just about zero.

    That’s what the Seahwks did to just about every team they played last season, ask the Saints. And that will not change.

    Seahawk fan since 1976. I still love Jim Zorn and Steve Largent.

  103. lengai says: Jul 21, 2014 2:15 PM

    It should be an emphasis on grabbing/holding. I remember that the Hawks secondary and coaches figured they would get 5 or less calls a game even if they did it on every passing play. It wasn’t blatant interference though. I think it’s more the league trying to prevent all teams from doing it than punishing Seattle specifically. It was smart for Seattle to do it and it did help. They still have a secondary that can cover without it (i.e. the Crabtree INT).

  104. abqpacker says: Jul 21, 2014 2:19 PM

    Fore once (literally maybe the first time ever), I agree with Florio. Anyone who knows anything about football knows that the Seahawks routinely got away with stuff last year that would have been called every single time in years past.

  105. blogatron2000 says: Jul 21, 2014 2:22 PM

    Not really sure why anyone is upset or surprised by this. This is the same story that comes out when training camps start opening every year. The only thing that changes from year to year is which rule the refs are going to emphasize.

    Move along people, there’s nothing to see here…

  106. eleventyeight says: Jul 21, 2014 2:32 PM

    Looks like the NFL will do ANYTHING to keep Peyton from suffering the embarrassment of having his lil bro and Big Ben have more rings than him.

    The NFL is a shadow of it’s former self.

    Soon there won’t even be any defense- it’ll turn into “Soccer-by-Air”.

  107. eleventyeight says: Jul 21, 2014 2:34 PM

    Same as “spygate” to me.

    ************************************************

    No.

    Nice cry, though.

  108. norcalmafia says: Jul 21, 2014 2:35 PM

    A Pete Carrol coached team cheating! Say it aint so….

    The emarld city?…….Is emerald a fancy way to say boring or lame?

    #@Seattle craves attention
    #@Seattle is the greenheaded stepchild of the NFL

  109. goldrush36 says: Jul 21, 2014 2:37 PM

    Seems like none of these Hawks fans watched the game at Candlestick.. “Oh Sherman only bumps in the legal buffer” Ok so go to youtube and watch him riding Boldin like a baby koala and Boldin still bring in the one handed catch. Then come back and say Sherman doesn’t grab.

  110. trollhammer20 says: Jul 21, 2014 2:37 PM

    Clearly, the league is not happy that the fantasy-fueled swell in league interest isn’t being rewarded by having fantasy fans witnessing their favorite stat-padders awarded with Lombardi trophies.

    Seattle was already being held to a higher standard thanks to all of the whining and crying from opposing coaches and media. Most PI and holding calls in the league last year; League office actually called up and apologized twice for pass interference that should not have been called.

    The good news is, the worst offender, Brandon Browner (28 penalties in the last 3 seasons), is now on one of the league’s signature franchises. I’m sure the league will enjoy explaining to fans of a very popular team why they’re suddenly getting so many calls agains them. Should be fun to watch.

    To all the Seahawk haters cheering for this: Have fun when your team picks up a ticky-tack call in a critical situation, and when it does happen, I want you to remember reading these words: You asked for it.

  111. nosleeptilsb says: Jul 21, 2014 2:38 PM

    If this is going to be the case, I would also ask that coaches be able to ask for a review, and if there was no sign of interferance by the DB, just bad acting by the receiver, it should be 15 yds unsportsman like conduct.

  112. eleventyeight says: Jul 21, 2014 2:43 PM

    (I think its similar to being fouled out in the NBA but I don’t know the game well enough to say).

    +++

    This is a VERY good idea and a great way to combat these “overload” techniques.

    Great idea. Wish the NFL cared.

  113. dstep24 says: Jul 21, 2014 2:45 PM

    Hey go back and watch the Super Bowl and let me know if/when a PI call would’ve really given the Broncos a chance to win that game.

    This changes very little. The SCHEME is what does it for Seattle, and Earl Thomas is a far bigger reason for their success than any other DB. The amount of ground he covers, keeps the ball in front of everyone.

    Kam Chancellor’s hit early in that game set the tone. Not grabby cornerbacks.

    Molehill meet mountain.

  114. icardfan says: Jul 21, 2014 2:47 PM

    AZ Cards fan here. Seattle didn’t win due to illegal contact. Nothing will change. I saw every game. They are just a good team being hated on because they started at the bottom and rose to prominence. I’m proud they are in our division and they are also a respectful and classy organization. I wouldn’t even be posting this, but I know a few cool Seattle fans. Not a fanbase full of trolls and idiots, but educated classy fans in my experience so far.

  115. jburk003 says: Jul 21, 2014 2:49 PM

    Hahahaha I called this months ago!!! Feel free to look at my previous comments following Seattles victory in the SB

    I called it right on the dot. HDTV is too good now a days to let the Seahawks get away with that cheat garbage every play.

    Let’s see if Sherman and Thomas can play up to their money’s worth with these new rules hahahaha.

    BIG UPS to the NFL for taking initiative to take away this cheap garbage.

  116. icallitlikeiseeit67 says: Jul 21, 2014 2:52 PM

    You can still play Physical football you just cant hold after 5 yards…..now if the this so call LOB is that great they will adjust and prove it. We shall see…….

  117. truths4all says: Jul 21, 2014 2:52 PM

    OMG, Peyton has complained and the NFL is answering the bell like the lap dogs they are.

    Btw, after the numerous flags slows down games to 4-5 hour long events, the NFL will tell the officials to keep the flags in their pockets, AGAIN!

  118. sweetnlow44 says: Jul 21, 2014 2:54 PM

    Wow, Florio. Grow up. You just can’t stand that the Seahawks DB’s are that good. What’s funny is that you think it’s only the Seahawks DB’s that test that line of too much contact. Sorry to burst your bubble, but ALL players, offensive or defensive, try to get away with as much as they can without being penalized. It’s called being competitive.

  119. letsgopens8771 says: Jul 21, 2014 2:54 PM

    Dear Legion of Boom,

    We’re sorry, but we want a competitive NFL. We have seen that you have one of the best defenses of all-time and that you play on a completely different level than the rest of the NFL. Therefore we are deciding to make new rules that say you can’t do your job. That is the only way we can hope to even the playing field.

    Sincerely,
    The NFL

  120. beastmode5150 says: Jul 21, 2014 2:58 PM

    WAAAAA! Play football wussies. The Hawks will adapt and overcome.

  121. sugarray1 says: Jul 21, 2014 3:22 PM

    Good move by the League. Now ENFORCE IT!!
    Sheman’s days of ranting are over. You will all now see why he was a late round pick. Can’t defend the run, now he can’t hold. The SeaChokers won’t even make the playoffs……

    HA!

    GO NINERS!!

  122. trollhammer20 says: Jul 21, 2014 3:26 PM

    norcalmafia says:Jul 21, 2014 2:35 PM

    #@Seattle craves attention

    _________________________

    The guy who puts the same whiney-crying “I’m an internet tough-guy” posts six times in every Seattle-related thread is now casting accusations of attention-seeking behaviors?

    OMG, that is hilarious. Norclown lives up to its name yet again.

  123. Norseman says: Jul 21, 2014 3:29 PM

    Good move by the league. Learning how to get away with breaking the rules creates unfairness that really ruins the game.

    Sherman and Co. have learned to hold and/or interfere frequently knowing it won’t be called all the time- particularly in playoff games. Randy Moss did the same thing with subtle push-offs.

    And let’s face it, Sherman was rewarded big time for doing so- to the tune of a $57 million new contract. I hope they will throw flags on every play, if that is what it takes to break that tactic.

  124. Patskrieg dot com says: Jul 21, 2014 3:30 PM

    Anyone remember when this exact same thing happened in 2004? Peyton Manning (sound familiar?) lost the AFCCG to the Patriots and a competition committee featuring Mike Martz (had recently lost a Super Bowl to New England) and Tony Dungy (Manning’s head coach) voted to re-emphasize contact against receivers? Not re-write the rules, but just bend them enough to help get around more physical DB’s that were a headache for QB’s like Manning.

    In case you don’t remember it rolled out the red carpet for Manning to win a Super Bowl in 2005 and started a downward spiral of non-contact rules…. the rules that most fans blame on Tom Brady.

    JUST AN FYI.

  125. ronfai says: Jul 21, 2014 3:32 PM

    So NFL says they are going to pay attention to a rule that already exists. Its about time. If there’s holding, holding should be called, period.

  126. patsfan13 says: Jul 21, 2014 3:42 PM

    Maybe the NFL should change the rules to 15 yards rather than spot of the foul. Offense can’t have all the advantages. Plus receivers push off more than DBs hold.

  127. riverhorsey says: Jul 21, 2014 3:43 PM

    Obv Sherman should of been called for PI more often and now he’s showing teammates how to try to get around the rule.

    PI is the most broken rule there is and it’s broken by offenses and defenses. Refs just need to call it.

  128. seahawksbmx says: Jul 21, 2014 3:54 PM

    Here’s what you’re missing: the Seahawks knew this rule was coming, so they shrewdly made speedy WR Paul Richardson their top pick, to pair up with Percy Harvin and take advantage of this “point of emphasis.”

    Always one step (and soon to be 10 steps) ahead.

    Next year’s change will be known as the Legion of Zoom rule after the Seahawks repeat. All sub-4.4 WRs will have to wear ankle weights.

  129. voiceofrealism says: Jul 21, 2014 3:57 PM

    gtrav says:Jul 21, 2014 12:10 PM

    Such BS. This is just going to lead to more WR’s giving up on the play and flailing for a flag. Let the DB’s play.
    —————————————————–
    They can play. Just don’t cheat.

  130. whodat5150 says: Jul 21, 2014 4:00 PM

    It’s got very little to do with Peyton Manning. I have blogged this numerous times that Richard Sherman holds a LOT but most partisan Seattle fan would bombard me with thumbs down. I call it like I see it. Kam Chancellor did a legit job against Jimmy Graham but I would see Sherman grab Graham and numerous other receivers when he’s about to get beat down field. If you roughing guys up after 5 years, that’s not being “physical”, that’s PI. I don’t blame the Seattle coaching staff for coaching that way. If the refs aren’t gonna call it, I would tell my DBs to do the same thing to the Seattle receivers.

  131. VenerableAxiom says: Jul 21, 2014 4:03 PM

    The most troubling thing about this is it implies the Refs are very subjective when it comes to making calls, rather than objective. Could explain why Brady, Manning and others always get the PI call on the final come from behind drive near the end zone. It just makes for a more compelling show for the NFL and whatever team the favor.

  132. ftomasic1961 says: Jul 21, 2014 4:14 PM

    the nfl instituted the mel blount rule in 1976, due to the steelers dominating the nfl, and how powerful and physical mel blount was WITHIN the rules….

    and flash forward to now, rules to STOP CHEATING…..another tainted trophy…..

    sad.

  133. goldrush36 says: Jul 21, 2014 4:22 PM

    LOL at every idiot saying the league is creating NEW rules to hold the Seahawks back. There isn’t a new rule. They said they plan to enforce the existing one better. My God what an insecure fanbase

  134. GreenAndBlueMakesMeSpew says: Jul 21, 2014 4:32 PM

    juliusanonymous says: Jul 21, 2014 1:56 PM

    “…. like that somehow invalidates one of the most dominant Superbowl wins in NFL history. In reality, it just makes everything sweeter because I get to watch a grown man literally turn into a toddler in front of my eyes – which is hilarious.

    ———————-

    “One” of the most dominant, not “The” most dominant. You will always be second to Niner Nation’s lasting legacy. The curse is upon you, oneanddone

  135. fpstratton says: Jul 21, 2014 4:41 PM

    I’m not a Seattle fan, but still deplore more rules preventing defenders from defending: a continuing trend in today’s watered-down NFL, where offenses are excessively assisted by silly roughing the passer, pass interference, and defensive holding calls.

  136. unleashtheharvin says: Jul 21, 2014 4:50 PM

    ____________________________________
    ariani1985 says: Jul 21, 2014 12:14 PM

    The Seattle fan base wasn’t established 10 years ago, they won’t remember that game.
    ____________________________________

    Hmmm, 100 consecutive sellouts, #12 jersey retired in 1984. Yep, just a bunch of bandwaggoners all right.
    Catch a clue before you spew.

  137. robryanisthedude says: Jul 21, 2014 4:54 PM

    The “Deletion of Boom” Rule

  138. robryanisthedude says: Jul 21, 2014 4:57 PM

    thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Jul 21, 2014 2:02 PM

    FACT – small market teams like Seattle are bad for business in the NFL. America wants the Eagles, Jets, Giants, Cowboys, Saints, the Washington Franchise, the Broncos etc in the biggest games.

    Nobody outside of Seattle gives a quack about the ME-HAWKS!

    Bye Bye!!!!

    ——————————

    The Saints are actually a small-market team. But I agree with the rest of your sentiments.

  139. ratsfoiledagain says: Jul 21, 2014 7:35 PM

    thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Jul 21, 2014 2:02 PM

    FACT – small market teams like Seattle are bad for business in the NFL. America wants the Eagles, Jets, Giants, Cowboys, Saints, the Washington Franchise, the Broncos etc in the biggest games.

    Nobody outside of Seattle gives a quack about the ME-HAWKS!

    Bye Bye!!!!
    ______________
    Opinions are not facts.

  140. hess97 says: Jul 21, 2014 7:45 PM

    Last two SB champions held their way to a cheap trophy.

  141. hess97 says: Jul 21, 2014 7:47 PM

    Last 2 champions won a ring with the grabby hands of their DB’s.

  142. nickster31 says: Jul 21, 2014 9:08 PM

    Dont slam Hawks fans. Dont you remember Super Bowl XL, when they filled Ford Field to make it look like a home game?

    Oh, no. That was Pittsburghs fans.

    Remember all the whining saying Pittsburgh was cheating? Funny, now everyone is saying Seattle cheated.

    When you are the best, everyone else hates you. Just the way it works.

  143. taintedsaints2009 says: Jul 21, 2014 9:47 PM

    Nfl is trying to correct that Super Bowl blowout that resulted from a defense being able to stop an offense. Goodell doesn’t like defenses doing that. Goodell will do whatever it takes to make sure defenses are handcuffed and blindfolded.

  144. revelation123 says: Jul 21, 2014 9:55 PM

    I’m glad. The seahawkshawks were getting away with it far too much in the secondary. Maybe now instead of cheating their way to victory, they’ll actually have to earn it.

  145. rukkus1 says: Jul 21, 2014 10:28 PM

    A lot of people talk about what real football should be or what it use to be.

    The Hawks and nines of today is taking it back to those years that people look at fondly.

    Smash mouth defense that makes your offense earn everything they get.

    A game with all offense is a little cool every now no then. I love to see some physical defense though, not just a bunch of defenders running around and shadowing offensive players.

  146. ratsfoiledagain says: Jul 21, 2014 10:44 PM

    Just curious if the league will continue to allow receivers to give that slight to obvious push off when they make their cuts/brakes on their patterns to get separation?

    Don’t care if the receivers do it, but be consistent. If you see a penalty, call it. That being said, offense means ratings so, the offensive PI’s will not be called as often as they should.

  147. realitycheckbaby says: Jul 21, 2014 11:14 PM

    redandgoldhitman52 says:
    Jul 21, 2014 12:34 PM

    everyone pointed that out last year. i dont care care if the ref has to throw a holding flag every play. if its holding , throw the flag.looks like that overrated def will come come back to earth this year
    ===========

    Translation… “Help NFL we can’t beat them on our own.”

  148. patsrule59 says: Jul 21, 2014 11:56 PM

    God, not again!! Are we going to have to go through this every time Peyton Manning suffers and embarassing playoff defeat?

    The way the league jumps through hoops trying to get this guy more rings is absolutely pathetic. They don’t even try to hide it. Is it a coincidence that the two times the league has done this it has been to target the teams that had just embarassed Manning in the playoffs the year before?

    The fact that he only has one ring despite getting this kind of treatment his entire career is a testimony to what a choke artis Manning is.

    I have a better idea. Instead of changing the rules, why doesn’t the NFL dispense with the playing of the games altogether? Cancel the games, and come February they can just neet at the NFL offices in NYC and have a ceremony where they hand Manning his MVP trophy and SB ring.

    Seriously, Manning should be embarassed.

  149. RegisHawk says: Jul 22, 2014 8:52 AM

    I wonder what excuses the trolls will come up with when Seattle continues to win despite the emphasis on this rule.

    I also wonder how they’ll excuse their own teams racking up penalty yards.

  150. sunshine900988 says: Jul 22, 2014 11:06 AM

    Sherman Rule: I know that sherman couldn’t cover anyone if he couldn’t talk. I would like to stop the trash talking on the field. It is discussing to watch a player like sherman run his mouth during and after games like he did in the NFC Championship Game. It sets a precedent for our high school player’s that this kind of behavior is not only ok but something that should be copied. Slime like sherman need to be removed from the game.

  151. willyeye says: Jul 22, 2014 11:56 AM

    Careful what all you poor losers wish for. First, Sherman was the least thrown at CB in the NFL last year, by far if you figure per snap. Sherman doesn’t hold like all of you think, and BTW, incidental contact is legal after 5 yards. If they actually start calling offensive PI like they are saying this will be a boon for the Seahawks secondary. Sherman will not be called for this any more than he was last season, and Browner, the worst offender is now on the Patriots.

    The most ironic thing of all, is that the Seahawks will only be involved in 6% of the games this season. That means in the other 94% of games, refs will be making terrible calls on all the other teams’ D’s all year long. I can’t wait to hear all of the poor losers on this thread spend the entire season whining about all the bogus calls against their D the previous Sunday. The Seahawks will be laughing all the way to the SB.

    For all the fans commenting about PED violations by the Seahawks from 5 years ago, here’s the current situation: during this past offseason, the Seahawks were able to unload via FA, two of the last three players on the team who had previously been suspended for violating either the NFL’s Performance Enhancing Drug (PED) Policy or the Substances of Abuse (recreational drugs) Policy. Only one player remains…Bruce Irvin, who was suspended for a violation of the PED Policy on May 17, 2013. Gone this off-season is Brandon Browner (to the Patriots), who was last suspended for a Substances of Abuse violation on December 18, 2013, after having been suspended on December 5, 2012 for a PED Policy violation. Also gone this off-season is Walter Thurmond (to the Giants), who was suspended on November 24, 2013 for a Substances of Abuse Policy violation.

    But there is a silver lining for Seahawk fans: the Seahawks have had ZERO PED violations in the last 12 months, and only one, the Irvin violation, in the past 18 months. After leading the NFL with 5 PED suspensions from December 2010 through May 2013, and after an apparent attempt to “clean house”, it appears the Seahawks are finally distancing themselves from the stigma of being known as the leading PED team.

    So here is a list of NFL teams and the number of PED violations they have had over the last 18 months:

    Redskins- 2, Eagles- 2, Colts- 2, Rams- 2, Vikings- 2, Jets- 1, Dolphins- 1, Jaguars- 1, Seahawks-1, Bengals- 1, Ravens- 1, Raiders- 1, Bears- 1, Giants- 1.

    Below is a list of the teams who have snatched up players with previous PED suspensions in the last couple of years:

    Talib- to NE and then to DEN; Wright- to S.F.; Cunningham- to S.F. and then to NYJ; Browner- to NE; Love- to MIN. The 49ers, who have not had any players on the PED suspension list over the last few years, but who also lead the NFL in signing players with previous PED suspensions, apparently had no qualms with signing Wright and Cunningham, both players who have been previously suspended. But everyone knows that the 49ers are all above reproach.

  152. ayyyjayyy says: Jul 22, 2014 5:40 PM

    * 2013-14 SB Champs Seadderall CheatHawks

  153. jonnguy2014 says: Jul 22, 2014 7:04 PM

    LOB LOB LOB LOB LOB
    I’m a 49er fan, but it’s a pretty fun chant.

  154. kruehawk says: Jul 22, 2014 8:28 PM

    HAHA Could norcalmafia be any more mad? Guy is cracking me up with his incessant drivel.

  155. tsp5 says: Jul 22, 2014 10:54 PM

    i always comment to seahawks fans about the dirty defense by their secondary. so at least be classy now that your team has been called out by the pros, and admit that many of your “big plays” from last year were from a no call on an obvious p.i. . . . . because they do is so often that the refs were pressured into the no calls by the pace of the game, and by what fans want. Sherman is one of the worst for it, its five yards. its just too bad that the whole leage has to be under the microscope because of the seahawks dirty tactics. expect more b.s. pass int, calls than real ones. thanks guys #levels

  156. freetxtryan says: Jul 22, 2014 11:15 PM

    Wilson, Lynch, Micheal, Harvin, Kearse, Baldwin, Richardson, Rice…heard it here first:)

  157. crazyxflip says: Jul 23, 2014 7:27 AM

    In technical sense, yes if something is illegal in a game it should be called out. But if the league is going to be so stringent about enforcing whats allowed and what’s not allowed, they must cover all their bases and call out every single rule that is broken in all aspects of the game. We all can see that they are attacking the defensive side of the ball with this kind of rule, but we don’t see rules being made about referees calling out every single holding call that Offensive lineman have. 99.9% of the time O-lineman the opposing team’s players back but they do their best to hide it just like every defensive back tries their best to impede the opposing team from catching the ball.

    If the NFL really wants to make a statement then they need to be consistent with their desire for clean football. In reality its never going to happen, every player on any team will do what they can to get an advantage over the rules to get the best result. To me such a rule is just laughable if they aren’t going to be “all in” on it. This applies in all aspects of life too. I’m sure most people would take shortcuts if it meant getting the same result. That’s just how life is, so before you criticize someone else for “cheating” or not following the rules, do it only if you know you won’t be a hypocrite yourself after making such proclamations on what’s right and what’s wrong. otherwise just own up to what your really trying to say and that your just hating on someone else because that’s all what anyone else hears anyways.

  158. RegisHawk says: Jul 23, 2014 9:29 AM

    Somebody set the alarm for the end of the season so we can rename this rule after the team that actually has the most of these penalties called against them. I’m already certain it won’t be the LOB.

  159. thewisemanowns says: Jul 23, 2014 7:32 PM

    The Redskins, Rams, Cardinals, and Buccaneers played better against the Seahawks than the Donkeys. #PeytonTheChoker

  160. jimcarnoven says: Jul 24, 2014 8:35 AM

    Shocking stats about Broncos 2013 schedule. Remember the 1972 Fins that played only teams all season with a record above .500 (and these records were BARELY above .500)? Remember the 2011 Packer team that started 15-1 and got demolished in first playoff game?

    Like their predecessors, the 2013 Broncos benefited from a lot of fortunate timing with respect to when and where they played the teams they did.

    Broncos beat only 2 teams with winning records (at time of game). Let’s go through this:

    1. They beat a Ravens team that finished 8-8 and should have been playing at home. Game moved from Baltimore to Denver.
    2. They beat a Giants team in the middle of an 0-6 start.
    3. They beat the Raiders that finished 4-12 and whose lone win by the time of the meeting was Jacksonville (which started 0-8)
    4. They beat a 1-2 eagles team debuting a coach new to NFL
    5. They squeaked by a 2-2 Dallas team that finished 8-8.
    6. They beat a Jaguar team in the middle of an 0-8 start

    Thus far … combined wins of opponents at time of play = 4 out of possible 16

    7. LOST BIG TO INDIANAPOLIS
    8. Beat a 2-4 Redskins team that finished 3-13
    9*. Beat a 4-4 Charger team well before it got rolling (but this is only quality win thus far)
    10(?). Beat a 9-0 Chiefs team, but loss begins a 2-6 stretch for Chiefs (so which team did Broncos beat?).
    11. LOST TO NEW ENGLAND
    12. Beat Chiefs again. To be fair let’s call first win over Chiefs a win over 9-0 team and second win a win over a 2-6 team.
    13. Beat a 5-7 Titans team that finished 7-9
    14. LOST TO SAN DIEGO
    15. Beat a 2-14 Texans team
    16. Beat 4-12 Raiders team

    So Broncos beat 4 out of 5 worst NFL teams (one of them twice), accounting for 5 wins.

  161. metalman5150 says: Jul 24, 2014 3:20 PM

    Seattle has been a dirty team and will always be a dirty team. Adderal, chep shots, and always holding the other team’s receivers.
    The Seahawk is offensive name and should be changed immediately!
    It’s easy to win when you’re always cheating!

  162. jonnguy2014 says: Jul 25, 2014 9:01 PM

    How is losing my six a big loss jim. Also, Eagles ended up going 10-6

  163. ayyyjayyy says: Jul 26, 2014 2:20 AM

    Well there goes your dynasty…only way to repeat is if you re-PED.

  164. gldnbear49erfan says: Aug 11, 2014 8:18 PM

    The most over-rated DB ever is about to be exposed… This should be good to watch. Get that box of tissues ready cuz there’s gonna be some crying in Seattle.

  165. RegisHawk says: Aug 14, 2014 9:59 AM

    Total “LOB” Penalties on the Broncos: 5
    Total “LOB” Penalties on the Seahawks: 1

  166. RegisHawk says: Sep 2, 2014 8:52 AM

    Preseason Totals for the LOB:

    FS Earl Thomas: 86 snaps; 0 penalties/0 yards
    CB Byron Maxwell: 86 snaps; 0 penalties/0 yards
    CB Richard Sherman: 83 snaps; 0 penalties/0 yards
    FS Kam Chancellor: 30 snaps; 0 penalties/0 yards

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