SEATTLE -- If you're sick of all the extra penalties being called in the preseason, blame the Super Bowl success of the Seattle Seahawks.
At least, that's what Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is implying.
Teams are reportedly being flagged 9.5 times per game this preseason compared to about six times per game last season. In their preseason opener, the Seahawks and Broncos combined for 25 penalties – and those were just the ones that the teams accepted.
The biggest emphasis is on contact between receivers and defensive backs five yards past the line of scrimmage. During an interview with 105.3 The Fan in DallasTuesday, Jones suggested it was due to Seattle's aggressive defensive style.
"It came about from Seattle, who basically played a style that would risk a holding penalty as opposed to not having an aggressive defender back there. That got a lot of complaints and you're seeing it reflected during the preseason," said Jones.
Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall also said he believes the extra penalties are a Seattle Super Bowl side-effect, although he appears to be blaming the league more than the Seahawks.
"Seahawks got their ring, they did it their way … now we have to pay the consequences," Hall told NBC Washington.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has reportedly suggested that officials are calling too many incidental contact plays as penalties.
Pro Football Talk reports Seattle has been called for a relatively low three illegal contact penalties in two preseason games.
It's no secret to any die-hard NFL fan that the league covets more offense and has changed the rules over the years to emphasize that. But, it also knows that slowing down the game for penalty-after-penalty will draw the ire of fans.