Is the much-talked about “culture change” translating to play on the field on game day? Is the game getting safer and better? Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll thinks so and sent the league office visual evidence. And not of one of his own players — but of Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald.
Carroll, whose Seahawks take the field tonight against the St. Louis Rams (8:25 PM ET on ESPN), sent video of two plays from the Seattle-Arizona game on October 17. Fitzgerald had opportunities to deliver “colossal collisions” on blocks but instead made clean but effective hard hits.
In his news conference last Thursday, Carroll said that coaches and players “see the game can be played differently, and still really good with great results, and [as] still a very aggressive tough game.”
“We’re just so much more aware of it,” said a fired up Carroll according to the team’s transcript. “I think it’s a fantastic new understanding that we have. But we’re still growing with it and there is still the warrior mentality of the players that exists that I totally can relate to and understand why they think the way they think. Through proper education and awareness, we’ve come a long, long ways. Hopefully the technology will continue to grow.
“The awareness of the players and the way they play is really changing, it’s really shifting. It’s clear our game is not the same as it was, and it’s still okay, it’s fine. We’re going in the right direction, we’re doing the right things, we’re making the right choices, the players are declaring in the flash of a moment on how to adjust so that they don’t take that shot. It still happens sometimes because you just can’t avoid some of them.”
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