Lisk: Seahawks aren’t serial holders, despite claims

Seattle Seahawks Defenders: How Often Do They Really Commit Fouls?
thebiglead.com

Just before the playoffs, the Wall Street Journal ran an article titled “The Seahawks’ Grabby Talons“, which alleged that their defenders “mug, obstruct and foul opposing receivers on practically every play.” The piece is long on anecdote, short on actual data…The piece gives the impression that Seattle’s defense is basically built upon the use of physical contact of a questionable variety on every play. (It also spawned this guest article at Advanced NFL Stats, which makes some pretty wild assumptions about the use of the tactic).

The problem with Lisk's piece is that it presents no baselines, and the Seahawks are the most oft-penalized team in the league this year.

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