Carroll: Don't take TD away for taunting

RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll realizes that receiver Golden Tate’s taunting penalty on his 80-yard touchdown Monday night brought about this conversation, but Carroll is 100 percent against the idea of taking a touchdown away from a team if a player is flagged for taunting on the play.

“I think that’s a terrible thing to do,” Carroll said. “I think it puts too much pressure on the officials to change the game like that. I think that would be terrible to make a back judge decide if he should take away a touchdown in a game. That should not be part of what an official has to do.”

But Carroll is not condoning Tate’s action. As Tate was racing down the sideline all alone on the way to the end zone, he stuck is arm out at St. Louis Rams safety Rodney McLeod and motioned his fingers at McLeod as if to say, “Don’t yap.”

Carroll indicated that Tate has been fined by the NFL, but did not give any specifics.

“The actions that the league took in this case were warranted exactly,” Carroll said. “That’s not who we are or what we’re all about. It was a mistake that Golden has totally taken accountability for. I wish it wouldn’t have happened. There’s no place for that in football. That’s not part of this game. Golden got the scrutiny he should get and we move on.”

Carroll pointed to an example of a call that he felt proved his point.

“I remember there was a play here a few years ago with [former University of Washington quarterback] Jake Locker where a call like that was made,” Carroll said. “That was horrible to affect a game that way.”

Locker scored a touchdown late in a game against Brigham Young that would have tied the score with the extra-point kick. But Locker got caught up in the emotions of the moment and threw the football up in the air. An official threw a flag, but the penalty in college is not enforced on the kickoff. It comes on the extra-point kick, which put the attempt 15 yards further back. The kick was blocked, and BYU won the game by one point.