Originally posted by threelittlebirds:
The NFL will not call every penalty in order to keep a nice flow to the game and keep the game under 3-3.5 hours. With the approach of grabbing and holding you'll more than likely get called for holding instead of PI so when they do flag you, your team will only lose 5 yards, no big deal. So, to keep the flow of the game going the officials will start to ignore most of the penalties and then eventually they ignore nearly all of those penalties. Which is where we are with both Seattle and the Packers, but Seattle is smarter about it since they got 2 big guys to cheat instead of the smaller guys GB has
Nailed it...this is the "culture" I was referring too. Like the Ravens, they created a culture whereby it's expected that this is how they play and as a result, typiclly get the benefit of the doubt with a few "holding" calls thrown in for good measure. The only issue I have with this in general is when the OTHER team is unable to play within the context of the same game and instead, gets called for P.I.'s.
[ Edited by NCommand on Sep 19, 2013 at 1:12 PM ]