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Pete Carroll, Seahawks players downcast by leaping prohibition

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PHOENIX -- Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that he is disappointed with the NFL's decision to ban players from leaping over the line of scrimmage to block field goals and extra points.

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner and safety Kam Chancellor have both successfully leaped to block kicks in the past, but Carroll said the league did not show clips of those plays when presenting the rule change for vote.

"Well, the examples that they showed us were the really bad examples," Carroll said. "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.

"It didn't look like what we looked like at all. I was kind of disappointed they didn't show our clips, but I understand why they didn't. It wouldn't have sent the kind of message they were trying to get done."

All 32 teams voted in favor of the ban. Rich McKay, the chairman of the NFL competition committee, said the initial recommendation for the ban came from players.

"We saw many instances as teams began to understand how to block it, it became a little more concerning," McKay said. "Early on, teams didn't know how to block it. The guard didn't get up in the air. The center wasn't getting up. Nobody was chipping on the player. The player was getting a free run. All of a sudden, the player wasn't getting a free run, and now the player was coming down at a really bad angle.

"When we met with the players' association, to a person, they were quick to say, 'We don't like this play. And we really don't like the fact that somebody on Monday gets selected to have to do that play and be that person.' So that absolutely always plays a part in our decision."

Chancellor took to social media to express his displeasure with the rule change.

"We were really good at it," Carroll said. "We were the good example of it, and unfortunately we're not going to be able to utilize that. It was really just an opportunity to accentuate some of the special qualities of some of our guys, and Kam and Bobby were phenomenal at it.

"When you look at the examples that the league showed us in the meetings of guys landing on their heads and falling on each other and the mistimed stuff, I couldn't vote the other side of it because guys looked like they were going to get whipped out the way it was going. Ours didn't look like that all, but they didn't show our examples. They just went to kind of the dark side of what was happening with that. It's too bad."