NFL teams are not, by rule, allowed to engage in contact during OTAs (organized team activities). It's a rule that is in place following last year's new collective bargaining agreement.
Today, the NFL and NFLPA announced together that the Seahawks had violated the no-contact rule, and as a result, the team would forfeit two OTA practices and an offseason workout. Head coach Pete Carroll was not fined for the incident, although I'm sure the violation puts him on notice for future problems adhering to the new CBA.
The Seahawks and Pete Carroll never feared long-lasting and detrimental punishment for breaking the no-contact rule. Really, it's not a big deal to anyone, but even so, the punishment handed down by the league can't be viewed as anything other than the lightest of slaps on the wrist. Normally, I'm in favor of not hammering teams for minor violations, but I do think their needs to be a find in this instance.
The reason behind my rare support of fining over other punishment options is that OTAs really don't have a large effect on the coming season. Yes, losing two practices and a workout slows progress, especially for the rookies on the team, but when September rolls around, no one will remember anything about the incident. I'm not saying the league should be taking draft picks and docking six figures from Pete Carroll's paycheck, but there are a number of great charities that would love to have a few thousand dollars from a fine. As it stands, the NFL should have just given the Seahawks a warning because the punishment handed down shows the NFL isn't serious about enforcing this particular rule. At least a small fine would have went to a good cause.
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saints lofton and daniels were fighting because of contact....yet nothing has happened to them. and taints did contact after the wrist slapping was handed out to the seahawks.
I believe it should be worst for the taints because it was all known about the seahawks wrist slapping. right?
and when are the taints going to learn?
With respect to the writer of this article, "Your an Idiot" if you think that missing two practices and conditioning day doesn't mean a GREAT deal to the team. You have obviously NEVER played any ball. EVERY practice, especially for the rookies and new payers are extremely important and goes to the meshing of the entire team, effecting how a team plays the whole year, not even mentioning how every conditioning program goes to the ability of every player to last the whole season without injury. They've cut so much out of that already that it's going to be a gamble of how a team lasts the year without big problems. Look at all the injuries last year without the OTA's and conditioning programs. Heck, a fine would have been better for the team then the elimination of the practices.What was this for anyways.Because there was a scuffle between players, because the players got over zealous in their actions? or was it because the organization planned something.Before you give "YOUR OPINION" why don't you give some facts as to why instead of just throwing things out there.Give evidence or something tangible.I am fed up with so called reporters just grabbing a subject and writing an article that has no more substance then the wind. So called sports writers today, for the most part, are turning into a bunch of sports tabloid writers. The vast majority of sports articles today are made up of nothing more then rumors,very little facts,and the writers opinions, NOT real news.We all have opinions. We've got enough of those.We want real facts and news.
@winterhawk If you really think a couple of OTA practices are vital to the success of a team, you may want to take a look around the league. I stand by what I said. This was the lightest of slaps on the wrist.
What BS- Clevelnd ws practicing 11on 11 and contact , so it says on one site . I bet there are lots of teams having contact , especially in the secondary. So lets have some answers , specifics, or go at everyone.