Monday, May 27, 2013
Kam Chancellor's words should resonate
By Mike Sando
The threat of a four-game suspension and 23.5 percent reduction in base salary did not stop five Seattle Seahawks from failing NFL tests for banned substances since 2010.
Will a team meeting put on by veterans do the trick? It certainly cannot hurt.
"We have to grow up and move past that," strong safety Kam Chancellor told SiriusXM radio. "That's pretty much the message right now, growing up and not making the same mistakes over and over."
The Seahawks have one of the younger teams in the NFL. Chancellor, with a Pro Bowl on his résumé and a recent contract extension, has the credentials to speak out on such matters credibly. Two other defensive backs, Brandon Browner and Winston Guy, have served suspensions already. Another, Richard Sherman, avoided punishment after prevailing on appeal because an NFL testing administrator failed to follow proper protocol.
Defensive end Bruce Irvin was the most recent Seattle player hit with a four-game ban. Players forfeit their weekly in-season paychecks while suspended. Losing four of the 17 weekly checks represents a 23.5 percent forfeiture.
Seattle leads the NFL in performance-enhancing drug related suspensions since 2010. That was the year Pete Carroll became the Seahawks' coach. That was also the year Seattle drafted Chancellor, a hard-hitting safety, in the fifth round. Chancellor spent a year as a backup behind veteran Lawyer Milloy before taking over as the starter and blossoming as a leader by example.
Team meetings can be overrated acts of desperation when called during losing streaks. Heightened awareness and accountability would seem to be the most important takeaways from the meeting Chancellor described. There can be no excuses at this point.
I'll be interested in hearing what Chancellor has to say if yet another Seattle player tests positive.