Plentiful penalties remain an issue for Seahawks | Notebook
Flags have been such a problem for the Seahawks that being assessed nine penalties Sunday against Washington actually constituted progress...
Seattle Times staff reporters
Flags have been such a problem for the Seahawks that being assessed nine penalties Sunday against Washington actually constituted progress.
After all, Seattle had been assessed 13 penalties in each of the past two games.
It's enough of a problem that coach Pete Carroll raised the possibility of changes after the game.
"Sometimes you just have to put other guys in the game," he said. "If the same guys keep making mistakes, you have to put other guys in."
After being penalized five times for 41 yards in the first three quarters Sunday, Seattle was penalized four times for 50 yards in the final period. Cornerback Brandon Browner, receiver Golden Tate and right tackle Breno Giacomini were all assessed 15-yard penalties.
Two additional fourth-quarter penalties against Seattle were declined. Giacomini was called for three penalties, two were 15-yarders, but one of those was declined.
The Seahawks have been penalized 105 times this season. Seattle was penalized 128 times in 1984, the most in franchise history.
Washington quarterback Rex Grossman couldn't accept all the blame for his first interception, which Browner acrobatically grabbed in the second quarter.
"I've never played against a 6-foot-5 corner — I don't know how tall he was — but he looked like LeBron James out there," Grossman said. "I don't know how he got to it, but he made a great play."
Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant blocked Graham Gano's 23-yard field-goal attempt in the second quarter, as well as an extra-point attempt in the fourth quarter.
It's the second time this season Bryant has blocked two kicks in a game, having blocked two field-goal attempts in Cleveland. Bryant's three blocked field goals this season ties the franchise's record.
• Neither of Seattle's starting receivers caught a pass as Sidney Rice left after suffering a head injury in the third quarter and Mike Williams was limited by an injured shoulder in the second half.
• Defensive tackle Alan Branch was inactive because of an ankle injury. He was replaced in the starting lineup by Clinton McDonald.
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