Originally posted by tackleon:
No there wont be any threats to the refs, but mostly the refs don't throw flags about ticky tack contact against the home team. A good example was yesterdays game.. You guys got away with so much, while we were flagged for any little contact.
The point is, indeed you guys gave it your absolute best yesterday and considering it was your home and every call was in your favor, and still only beat us by 2.. Thats not something I'd be too positive about, nor looking to go to Seattle in a playoff atmosphere.
Seattle defensive coaching instructs DBs to hold on every play, if they are caught, they call it Ticky Tack.
Belichick Patriots in the playoffs and beyond, hold (OL and DBs) considerably more knowing the refs calls less (trying not to influence the game) in big games. Carroll has just defined all games big, in this regard and is really pushing the envelope. And getting away with it (it helps the Seahawks way more than hurts).
But as pointed out earlier in this thread, why don't we also play this style (if cheating is now allowed, lets cheat).
Refs don't want to determine outcomes, especially in big games. They also don't like to lose control of a game. In one case they call less penalties in the other they call more. We force the latter. Let refs think they are losing control, they will gain it back, with them little yellow flags.