NFL owners agreed earlier this week to abolish the legal "leaping" rule on field goal attempts, and it mainly hurt the Seahawks.
Seattle players became the face of this rule aslinebackerBobby Wagnerand safetyKam Chancellor have successfully blocked kicks this way in recent years. However, their athletic feats didn't make the NFL highlight reel when owners had to vote on the issue.
"The examples that they showed us were the really bad examples," Pete Carroll said, via ESPN. "They didn't show the examples of how pretty it is when a guy leaps over with great body control and makes the play and all. Guys were landing on their head and falling all over each other. It was a mess when we looked at it, so I couldn't vote against it the way it was going because they really did have examples that looked dangerous."
The league's one-sided approach to scare owners and coaches into voting against the rule worked, and it's now one less advantage Seattle has over others. Even though Wagner and Chancellor can't gracefully leap over linemen anymore, Carroll understands the need for additional player safety.
"I was kind of disappointed they didn't show our clips, but I understand why they didn't," he said. "It wouldn't have sent the kind of message they were trying to get done."