Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks are working their hardest to do something that has become almost impossible in the NFL these days and win the SuperBowl for a second season in a row.
But it seems like the Seahawks have been working too hard in those efforts and have gotten themselves in trouble with Roger Goodell and the National Football League.
The NFL fined Carroll and its reigning champs $300,000 because the team violated the “no-contact rules that govern NFL teams offseason practices,” according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. In addition to the fine, the Seahawks will have to forfeit two 2015 minicamp practices.
"Carroll’s fine was “at least” $100,000 and the Seahawks were docked “in excess of $200,000″ while the team will lose at least two minicamp practices in 2015 because they had excessive contact between players during a June 16 practice, per sources."
"The 2011 collective bargaining agreement bans physical contact between players during the offseason. A Seahawks spokesman declined immediate comment, as did a league spokesman."
There’s an argument to be made that the ban on physical contact should be removed, considering just how important that aspect of the game is to football. But rules are rules and Carroll and Co. broke them and deserve to be punished.
Also, as Mortensen says in his piece, this is a second violation for the Seahawks. Seattle and Carroll obviously knew they would be in violation and should be expecting a pretty hefty punishment.
The Seahawks had been fined an undisclosed amount in 2012 by Goodell for a similar violation under Carroll’s supervision and lost their final two OTA practices, sources added.
But if the extra contact makes Seattle a better football team and helps them even slightly in their quest to repeat as champs, Carroll and the team likely won’t be that upset about the fine when all things are said and done.