Seahawks, Falcons enter OTA season with fewer OTAs than others

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Organized Team Activities, a fancy, word-wasting synonym for “football practice,” begin Monday throughout the NFL. For two of the final eight teams from a year ago, however, three of the 10 practices won’t be happening.

Both the Seahawks and the Falcons lost a week of OTA sessions — three each — due to excessive contact during 2016 offseason workouts. While the extra aggression apparently worked, with both teams making it to the divisional round in the year the rules violations occurred, it’s now time to pay the fiddler via the forfeiture of important 2017 practice time.

For the Seahawks, the loss of OTAs included a forfeited fifth-round draft pick, a $400,000 fine for the team, and a $200,000 fine for coach Pete Carroll, given that it was their third violation of the offseason rules. The Falcons apparently lost only the practice time, with the league office opting not to fine the franchise or the head coach.

Contact is inevitable when 22 football players are put on a football field in football helmets with a football introduced into the mix. As the bottom of the 90-man roster constantly churns, players who don’t get the job done end up out of a job long before the total jobs get cut from 90 down to 53.

And so football coaches are expected to get football players to operate against every football instinct they possess. It’s amazing that more violations don’t occur, and it’s likely that the NFL and the NFLPA tolerate a certain amount of contact during offseason workouts because a certain amount of contact is unavoidable.

13 responses to “Seahawks, Falcons enter OTA season with fewer OTAs than others

  1. nwofolife says:
    May 22, 2017 2:07 PM
    That’s cuz we’re tougher here in the Pacific Northwest than u Nancy’s. Only tough guys make it out here.

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    Yeah……somehow those “tough guys” have managed all of 1 SB in their entire existence…… Real tough….

  2. bobthebillsfan says:
    May 22, 2017 2:28 PM
    I did not realize this was the third time the Seahawks were caught doing this.

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    Goodell has his favorites. Baltimore also got caught cheating and barely any punishment occurred.

    The Jets tampered 3 times in a 15 year period with the NE Patriots and they’ve barely been punished for each time being caught.

  3. Just glad to see that the rules are being enforced with meaningful penalties.

  4. So in other words, if you ain’t cheatin, you ain’t tryin. In today’s NFL the rewards from cheating definitely outweighs the risk of being caught. It’s obvious that there’s the have’s and the have not’s in that league. The exact same offense is punished or unpunished to extremes. Repeat offenders are given minor sentences while other’s are slapped hard. That it seems to be the same teams either getting away with multiple infractions with hardly any pain inflicted for doing so while others are hit with unprecidented fines and other decisions such as lost draft picks or practice time makes it clear to nearly every team that if you’re not one of the hated, or don’t rock the boat directed by the cartel of owners who truly run the operation, skirting the rules or simply breaking them leads to little or no consequence.

  5. Well, this certainly makes sense that those 2 teams have fewer OTAs. The Falcons are still gassed from the SB in February and the Seahawks still haven’t recovered from the SB against NE either.

    The fact that Seattle is still reeling a couple years later is the reason the 12th man has sold all their Seahawks’ gear and replaced it with LA Charger stuff.

  6. ricko1112 says:
    May 22, 2017 4:51 PM

    Well, this certainly makes sense that those 2 teams have fewer OTAs. The Falcons are still gassed from the SB in February and the Seahawks still haven’t recovered from the SB against NE either.

    The fact that Seattle is still reeling a couple years later is the reason the 12th man has sold all their Seahawks’ gear and replaced it with LA Charger stuff.
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    What does that say for the Niner’s? They’re still recovering from the SB loss to BAL? You Niner fans are embarrassing.

  7. What does that say for the Niner’s? They’re still recovering from the SB loss to BAL? You Niner fans are embarrassing.
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    Niners? Nope.

    49ers are still recovering from losing Harbaugh, enabling Krap and his phony nonsense, and having an owner nearly as clueless as Woody Johnson.

  8. nwofolife says:
    May 22, 2017 2:07 PM
    That’s cuz we’re tougher here in the Pacific Northwest than u Nancy’s. Only tough guys make it out here.
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    Tough guys don’t throw int’s at the goal line with championships on the line, they just smash it in. FYI they also don’t have to say how tough they are.

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