Former USC head coach Pete Carroll is in hot water again, this time with the NFL after he’s been cited by the league for having his players tackle during organized team activity workouts, aka “OTAs”.
Seattle won’t face a postseason ban, nor will Carroll miss time in the regular season, but the word from the league is that the Seahawks will have to give up two days of OTAs, and cannot reschedule them. Here’s an excerpt of the league’s release, per ESPN:
“The NFL Management Council and NFL Players Association have determined that the Seattle Seahawks violated the Collective Bargaining Agreement’s off-season workout rules on the prohibition of live contact during one of the club’s organized team activity days (“OTA days”).
“As a result, the Seahawks will forfeit two of their scheduled OTA practices (June 6 and 7) as well as an additional offseason workout day on Friday, June 8. Seahawks’ players are not permitted to be at the facility on those days, but will be paid for the sessions. The club cannot reschedule the cancelled days.”
The irony here, is that while Lane Kiffin was making news for not tackling during the spring, Pete Carroll is doing quite the opposite, and both to fuel critics. Carroll’s mantra for practices has always been surrounding intra-squad competition, and this falls right in line.
He’s come out to say the team needs to be smarter, rather than “trying too hard”, and given his practice style, that’s not an easy task as Pete gets the most out of his players, even two months before the Seahawks’ first preseason game.