Bad Luck, Bad Calls and Bad Outcomes
Let me start by saying on Sunday the Seattle Seahawks didn’t do much to help their own cause. They managed 137 yards of offense, had the ball for only 17:04, and backup QB Charlie Whitehurst , filling in for Tarvaris Jackson, completed 12 of 30 passes for 97 yards and couldn’t get the Seahawks moving at all.
But wait, there’s more, making matters worse, Seattle was penalized 8 times, and its biggest play was called back by a penalty. Now for the details.
Lynch Goes Down
During the pre-game warm-ups Seahawks starting running back Marshawn Lynch, who was coming off of his best regular season game as a Seahawk against the Giants in week 5, tweaked his back and was unavailable during the game.
Without Lynch the Seahawks managed just 65 yards on 17 attempts against the leagues 27th ranked run defense that was giving up an average of almost 130 yards per contest coming into the game.
“Refs Screwed the Seahawks” - Muffing in the Cribbs Equals no Consequance
Apparently when your name is Josh Cribbs you can call a fair catch, muff the punt, and Mike Carey’s (Referee) officiating crew will still protect you under the fair catch rule.
After muffing a punt in the first quarter Cleveland punt returner Josh Cribbs simply picked up the ball with three Seahawks players bearing down on him and the officials whistled the ball dead.
Now I am not saying if had they been allowed to hit him they would have jarred the ball lose but it was a possibility.
Diving Players Rewarded
In the event of a low scoring game during the second half of the month of October; Any Browns player who dives for a tackle in punt coverage (but misses the tackle and it leads to a return for a touchdown) shall be rewarded by placing the ball ten yards behind the spot where he dove. The return team shall start their drive there and the touchdown removed from the score board.
Never heard of that rule?
Perhaps Mike’s crew was just following Bill Leavy’s (Super Bowl XL Referee) lead and making it up as they went along.
That is no problem if you are a Cleveland Brown’s cornerback.
If you fall down in coverage and the receiver you are supposed to be covering makes a big play he shall be called for a penalty for running away from you while you are on the ground. Since that is too wordy we will just call it pass interference and group it in with pushing off.
White on Rice
And stink on……well you get my point.
The Seahawks ultimately short-changed themselves by playing like crap and being unprepared. There is not a player or a coach on that team that should be sleeping well this week.
Yeah, one bad call was the points difference in the game but it should have never come to that.
It is disgusting how bad the officiating was but then again it wasn’t any worse then the play on the field, so no matter how you spin it players didn’t make plays today and that is why the Seahawks lost the game.
It should have never been close enough for calls to effect it.