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After the latest Seahawks setback, Pete Carroll directed his rage in the wrong direction.

Pete Carroll was clearly unhappy, and the Seattle Seahawks head coach will find many people sympathetic to his views on officiating after his club fell to 6-6 during a nighttime thriller against the Dallas Cowboys.

As Dallas rallied to upset Seattle 41-35, the Seahawks (10) and Cowboys (9) combined for 19 penalties totaling 257 yards. Six times, the Seahawks were called for pass interference, defensive holding, or unlawful contact.

“It’s unfortunate that it feels like there was a whole ‘nother factor in this game,” Carroll stated to begin his post-game news conference. “I don’t know, you guys saw it a lot better than I did, but this game had way too many penalties on both sides.” We have to get away of that type of football.”

Costly coverage blunders
Carroll was particularly irritated by the coverage penalties, four of which occurred on Dallas’ lone third-quarter touchdown drive. Carroll feels officials should be given more leeway in this area of the game. In August, the NFL ordered referees to focus on unlawful contact fouls.

“They know the game, they know how to make these calls, but they can’t call everything that when there’s a little this and a little that, and particularly when it doesn’t affect the play,” Carroll said.

“I’ll definitely devote some time to this during the offseason.” And I’m not claiming to have all the solutions. That is not my intention. I’m simply stating that I believe the game should be altered little here since there is too much emphasis on certain circumstances.”

While Carroll will have many fans, his displeasure with the officiating should not be used as an excuse for the main issue keeping the Seahawks from contending with the NFC’s top.

A well-known flaw
Simply put, Carroll is a defensive coach whose defense cannot consistently get off the field.

Dallas dominated possession time, controlling the ball for more than 36 minutes. To Seattle’s 25, the Cowboys had 33 first downs. Neither team attempted a punt.

Eight of Dallas’ nine drives in which they did not kneel out the first half or game ended in a field goal or a score. The Cowboys only gave up possession when they turned the ball over on downs on their second drive of the third quarter.

Unlike in last week’s rout of the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle found ways to get to the quarterback, sacking Dak Prescott four times, but the Seahawks had no answer as Prescott picked apart the secondary almost at will, CeeDee Lamb going for another 100-yard game, while tight end Jake Ferguson and second wide receiver Brandin Cooks also did damage.

Seattle’s defensive backfield features multiple standout players, including Devon Witherspoon, who is putting together an increasingly strong case for Defensive Rookie of the Year after Riq Woolen missed out last year despite an outstanding season.

However, the individual strengths of the Seahawks’ defensive players are not converting to team success. Seattle has given up at least 20 points in five of the previous six games, with the loss to Dallas being the third time in that stretch that the Seahawks have given up 30 or more points.

When Geno Smith is healthy and somewhat well protected, like he was against the Cowboys, the Seattle attack can pile on the scores and keep the Seahawks in games with contenders.

However, triumphs in such games are generally achieved by entire team efforts in which the defense makes important contributions.

Those plays are conspicuous by their absence for Seattle, and unless Carroll can inspire a turnaround as a difficult stretch continues with a rematch against the 49ers and a primetime game against the Philadelphia Eagles, a Seahawks team that once appeared to be a safe bet for the playoffs will be watching from home.

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