If the NFL had to change the way the rules are enforced to give opposing teams a chance against the Seahawks’ defense, then coach Pete Carroll takes that as a compliment.
Carroll told the Seattle Times that he views this year’s emphasis on enforcement of illegal contact and defensive holding as a sign of “respect.”
Opposing players didn’t always respect the way the Seahawks played last year: Jimmy Graham complained that the Seahawks “grab and hold as much as you can,” and the Giants complained that the Seahawks didn’t care about the rules. For his part, Carroll says his team does care about the rules, and his players are prepared to conform to the renewed emphasis on the rules designed to allow receivers to run free.
“We’re not fighting or resisting the changes that are here,” Carroll said. “We’re trying to adapt and go with it.”
The officials will give the Seahawks no choice but to go with it. Carroll is trying to see the silver lining in that.