ďI think thatís probably myth,Ē Cosell said. ďWhen you watch tape, everybody does stuff. Itís just youíre talking about a good team thatís in the spotlight, very visible, with a lot of talkative guys. And I can tell you right now Ė and I know in San Francisco they may not like to hear it Ė thatís the best secondary in football and itís not close.
"Earl Thomas is hands down the best free safety in the game, thereís probably no one in the discussion. (Cornerback Richard) Sherman, if you just watch Sherman on film, the guy is unbelievable. Itís the old Michael Irvin discussion about him pushing off. After awhile, itís irrelevant. If the flagís not out, then it doesnít matter. Itís not a hold.Ē
As the Wall Street Journal recently noted, the Seahawks led the NFL in pass-interference penalties (13) this season. They also had 10 defensive-holding penalties.