Dec 22, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) and Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas (29) celebrate after Sherman intercepted a pass thrown by Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) (not pictured) during the second half at CenturyLink Field. Arizona defeated Seattle 17-10. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Gilbride says Seahawks have perfected the art of pass interference


Dec 22, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) celebrates during the first half after intercepting a pass thrown by Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) (not pictured) at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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  • John Smith

    Pass interference, eh? Sucks doesn’t it. The only time people complain is when it doesn’t work for you.

  • ItsFinnagain

    A New York writer quoting NY Giants. The problem isn’t that the Seahawks cheat is is that you guys just aren’t good enough. New York Giants mantra, “It is always someone else’s fault that we lost.” Maybe if the Giants got better coaches and better receivers it wouldn’t be a problem.

    • Christopher Bogart

      You are about as retarded as they come. Coaches players even ex offcials are saying the same thing. Its the Caroll-era USC says hi.