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.