When the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints face off this weekend in the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs, we will be seeing one of the top quarterbacks in the league going head-to-head with the top secondary.
But what is the Seahawks secret to success?
According to former New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, it is their ability to ignore the rules and perfect the art of pass interference.
“If you think they’re going to be called and expect that to be the solution to the problem, you’re going to be sadly mistaken,” Gilbride told Kevin Clark and Jonathan Clegg of the Wall Street Journal. “They’ve perfected the art.”
As is always the case, officials will miss a number of calls on the field and Gilbride is suggesting that the Seahawks just rough up opposing receivers at every opportunity knowing that they will not always have penalties called against them. If that is truly their strategy, it has worked.
Seattle has big, physical corners that are able to disrupt their opponents rhythm, and they don’t seem to be worried about having the refs throw some laundry on the field.
It is interesting timing for Gilbride’s comments, however, so we will have to keep a close eye on the officials this weekend to see if they are more willing to throw a flag for pass interference against Richard Sherman and company.