Seahawks center Justin Britt critical of officiating, says Packers were simulating snap counts

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Seattle Seahawks center Justin Britt was in a terrific mood after Thursday night’s 27-24 win over the Green Bay Packers. Nevertheless, he wanted to share some thoughts on what he felt were officiating issues in the game and throughout the season as a whole in the locker room after the game.

The Seahawks were called for four false starts in the first 21 minutes of the game with three of the four false starts coming from the offensive line. They were add a fifth false start penalty in the fourth quarter as well.

After George Fant was called for their fourth false start six minutes into the second quarter, Britt made an immediate beeline toward head referee Tony Corrente to say that the Packers were simulating their offensive line calls along their defensive front.

“I don’t think it’s legal what they were doing, but it’s neither here nor there. We won. They lost,” Britt said before expounding further.

“I’m going to say this, I feel like the NFL and the referees should do a better job when it comes to hands to the face. They put an emphasis on it but they never call it. I think they need to review that and start calling those. I think they need to start calling holding on the teams we’re playing, the offensive line that we’re playing. I feel like we try to be technique-oriented up front and dominate in that way but I feel like other teams you just see them holding all the time. You saw a bunch today. We got a win. We’re going to start a streak, but those are a couple thoughts on my head.”

Added left tackle Duane Brown regarding the false starts: “Their defense was moving around quite a bit and making calls during our cadence and guys just kind of got a little anxious. So we just had to focus, just calm down a little bit and that’s what happened. It was tough at the beginning of the game because it’s tough to ask guys to not do that the way it was happening. It wasn’t as easy as not moving. In the middle of the cadence, guys are barking out calls and guys can’t hear and they think it’s (Russell Wilson). It was tough but we found a way to overcome it.”

The Seahawks had to go to a silent count in their own stadium at times in an effort to counter the call outs from the Packers front and the abnormal strength of the opposing support from away fans on Thursday night.

Britt was again upset about an uncalled hands to the face late in the game by Packers defensive lineman Tyler Lancaster.

“You name a number any week and they probably do it,” Britt said of the hands to the face non-call. “There was quite a few times it happened tonight. I’m not going to complain more than this. I really don’t care but someone has to say it.”

Wilson’s illegal forward pass on an attempted later at the end of the first half was the only penalty Seattle had that wasn’t a false start. They finished with six penalties for 30 yards. The Packers had fewer penalties (five), but they were biggest infractions. A holding that negated a 53-yard kickoff return by Trevor Davis, and 48-yard pass interference call against Raven Greene accounted for most of their 80 penalty yards.

22 responses to “Seahawks center Justin Britt critical of officiating, says Packers were simulating snap counts

  1. You could tell watching this game that the packers were making calls at the line to get false starts. And the refs did nothing to stop it. Brutal.

  2. To play in Seattle, with “The 12th man” and being the loudest stadium in NFL history, it truly seems ridiculous that the offensive line of the home team couldn’t communicate properly.

  3. The Seahawks OLine is sure not the one from the last couple years (cough, cough, ‘coach’ Cable)
    Thank you Mike Solari for turning this group around. Awesome to watch Carson rumble like a young Marshawn.
    Now, somebody please slap Russell a couple of times and try to get him out of his funk. That missed pass in the end zone to Doug was un-Russell like. But, hey, no pick 6 tonight.

  4. Of course the Seahacks were criticising refs in a game they won. How very Seattle of you. Enjoy watching the playoffs on your big screens.

  5. If you want every foul called as a penalty, there is no possible way to make the game watchable.

    If you eve make 50% of fouls called as penalties, the game is still hardly watchable with at least 50 penalties in most games.

    The referees can’t and shouldn’t call every penalty. If you want to make games 5+ hours in length with the majority of time spent on penalties, go for it. Otherwise, quit being a baby and understand that you won’t get every single call going your way. Just the way it is. Not a perfect world.

  6. This dude seems surprised. The officials would be wearing green and yellow stripes on their unis if it wouldn’t send a direct message.

  7. The Seahawks whining about the officials against the Packers is laughable. Even Brown admits that they were just making calls and people were getting confused.

    They got a GAME THEY SHOULDN’T HAVE with the fail Mary, but still feel the need to complain. Time we get the 12th man an adult diaper and pacifier.

  8. yetipro says:
    November 16, 2018 at 2:48 am
    If you want every foul called as a penalty, there is no possible way to make the game watchable.

    If you eve make 50% of fouls called as penalties, the game is still hardly watchable with at least 50 penalties in most games.

    The referees can’t and shouldn’t call every penalty. If you want to make games 5+ hours in length with the majority of time spent on penalties, go for it. Otherwise, quit being a baby and understand that you won’t get every single call going your way. Just the way it is. Not a perfect world.
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    Most of us realize that the refs can’t call every foul…and wouldn’t if they could.

    However, I’d settle for the calls to be correctly called when they are called.

  9. Lol at you fools whining about Britt “whining.” He didn’t go on a Twitter rant, geniuses. He was asked about the false start penalties by a reporter after the game. Seriously, it’s not even a story really.

  10. Most of us realize that the refs can’t call every foul…and wouldn’t if they could.

    However, I’d settle for the calls to be correctly called when they are called.

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    Don’t you think that ALL teams, and all of their fans, want the penalties to be called “more fair” for their side? Your assumption is that there will just be more penalties called in favor of your team. That’s not how it works. If you want “more fair” penalties, both teams receive the brunt of it. It isn’t going to help your Packers win more games.

    Every team’s hardcore fan base, in every single sport, thinks that the referees have something specifically against them. As a Packers fan in your own bubble, you likely think the same – referees hate the Packers. But all teams fans think that. That is the fallacy in “make referees not hate on our team so much!!”. They “hate on” all teams equally. That’s their job.

  11. couple games in a row where it’s happened – i bet the league cracks down on the practice, until they do, teams will keep doing it.

  12. kamthechancellor says:
    November 16, 2018 at 8:44 am
    Lol at you fools whining about Britt “whining.” He didn’t go on a Twitter rant, geniuses. He was asked about the false start penalties by a reporter after the game.
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    That has been the case with Rodgers this year, yet you Viking trolls accuse him of “whining” and making “excuses.”

  13. If refs called every foul… players would adjust and commit less fouls.

    For instance… Richard Sherman wouldn’t mug a WR on every play and every GB OL wouldn’t hold on every play.

  14. I expect nothing less than this sort of cheating, poor sports tactic from the Packers. With that fan base the players feel entitled and with that garbage roster they need to resort to these types of shenanigans. They should be embarrassed but they won’t be.

  15. cheeseisfattening says:
    November 16, 2018 at 12:38 pm
    I expect nothing less than this sort of cheating, poor sports tactic from the Packers. With that fan base the players feel entitled and with that garbage roster they need to resort to these types of shenanigans. They should be embarrassed but they won’t be.
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    How is playing within the rules like this cheatinig? I think by cheating you mean jumping offsides like the Packers were trying to make the Seahawks do.

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