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Seattle Seahawks sign Ezekiel Ansah and Pete Carroll argues for less replay (Gridiron Throne Podcast)

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Seattle Seahawks and their pass rushers

The Seattle Seahawks said goodbye to one of their franchise pass rushers Cliff Avril this week with his retirement party. Avril only spent five seasons with the Seahawks but was a significant part of their Super Bowl-winning defense. Avril recorded 35.5 sacks as a member of the Seahawks, which was five sacks less (39.5) that his five seasons with the Detroit Lions. He did, however, record 6.5 sacks in the postseason with the Seahawks. Avril did not play in the 2018-2019 NFL season, and the Seahawks missed his pass rush abilities in the 2017-2018 NFL season after his injury placed him on IR. Avril is retiring, and now Ezekiel Ansah will attempt to take his place. Ansah is another pass rusher from the Lions joining the Seahawks. The catch is that Ansah is also injury prone at the moment. He had surgery over the offseason and is already questionable for the season opener. Ansah had been looking for his big contract for years at this point. A big season after injury with the Seahawks could land him that life-changing deal.

Pete Carroll and instant replay

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has mentioned recently that he doesn’t think that instant replay should be expanded. Oh, you don’t say, Pete?! If we can all take a quick walk down memory lane, Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks were apart of the biggest blunder in NFL history! The fail mary was a result of bad officiating, but with more replay, the NFL could correct that mistake on the spot. This would result in a Seahawks loss; in that case, Seahawk fans should agree with their head coach. Replay in the NFL is a significant part of the game now, and it will only get expanded more. Plays that emulate what happened in the NFC Championship games should never happen again. Corey not only disagrees with Carroll, but he disagrees with our own Antwan Staley.

Questions to think about during the show

Could Ezekiel Ansah get his big contract with the Seattle Seahawks? Do you believe instant replay should still feature as a significant part of the NFL officiating?

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