Jimmy Graham: Seahawks taught to ‘grab and hold’

Jimmy Graham has the Super Bowl champs all figured out.

While on Mike and Mike in the Morning, the Saints tight end attributed the Seahawks’ defensive success to being taught to “grab and hold” opposing receivers.

“They’re the type of team that they’re very, very aggressive,” Graham said, via Profootballtalk.com. “I think they teach, ‘Listen, they’re not going to call the P.I., so just grab and hold as much as you can.’”

Graham acknowledged that Seattle was the best defense he faced in 2013, and says the Saints were “caught off guard” by their physicality. In two meetings against the Seahawks last season, Graham was held to four catches for 50 yards, including a one-catch clunker in the Wild Card playoff loss.

He’s not the first player to claim the Seahawks’ style of play borders on illegal, but it should not come as a surprise to the Saints (or any other team) by this point. They can’t be penalized for something that doesn’t get called against them.

By making these comments, Graham could be sending a message to NFL officials, telling them to keep their eyes glued more closely to Seattle defenders next season.

Zack Kelberman
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  • Jake William Nelson

    Hey Jimmy! Best not to throw stones in a glass house. If my memory serves me correctly your head coach was suspended for ostensible involvement in a pay-to-injure scandal that would go on to be known as “Bountygate.” Do you remember this? Now shut it!

    • jimmyhhh

      Hitting hard isn’t cheating. Commiting penalties every play because you know it won’t be called every play (it should) is cheating.

      • bent49

        Now, I may be mistaken but didn’t a Saint defender get up off the ground by kneeling on Percy Harvin head, and when Harvin was next taken out of the game with a concussion, wasn’t that defender high-fived by his teammates? Or is that what 5the Saints mean by “just hitting hard”?

      • Jake William Nelson

        I didn’t say hard hitting is cheating. I said paying players what amounts to a bonus for intentionally injuring opposing team’s players is illegal and warranted a one year suspension for your head coach. That is as dirty as it gets my friend. “He who is without sin, cast the first stone.”

  • Werner Lewis

    Graham Cracker should copy the play of the Texans and Bucs who gashed the lowly Seattle bunch…..EXCEPT, celebrate at the end of the game and not at half time.