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Jerry Jones, DeAngelo Hall blame Seattle Seahawks for increased penalties

Eric Edholm
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Richard Sherman, DeAngelo Hall.
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Richard Sherman, DeAngelo Hall.

All those little flags you see covering NFL preseason fields? You can blame the Seattle Seahawks for that, say Jerry Jones and DeAngelo Hall.

The Dallas Cowboys owner has seen the rash of penalties in the preseason — eight of the 19 penalties called against his team have been defensive holding calls — and has a good idea what the genesis of it has been.

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"A team like Seattle, who basically played a style that would risk a holding penalty as opposed to not having an aggressive defender back there," Jones said, per Fox Sports Southwest. "That got a lot of complaints, and you're seeing it [called] during the preseason."

Jones' son, Cowboys chief operating officer Stephen Jones, serves on the competition committee, so Jerry has some pretty good insight on this. (We might also remind Jones that his team has to go to Seattle in Week 6, and there might be a mention or two of this quote prior to that one.)

But Jones isn't the only one who says the Seahawks' aggressive style of play, which held opponents to an average of 172 passing yards per game and collected 28 interceptions last season, is the source for these mad flag-throwing zebras.

Hall, the Redskins corner who is among a number of Twitter combatants of Seahawks corner Richard Sherman, essentially echoed what Jones said about the Seahawks' style.

In the Super Bowl, the world got to see not only how talented the Seahawks are defensively but also — as Jones and Hall claim — how physical they are, and in their eyes how it goes beyond the letter of the law.

Oh, and another check of the schedule shows that one week before Jones and the Cowboys roll into Seattle, Hall and the Redskins will be hosting the Seahawks. Just an inkling: The Seahawks love the fact that teams are trying to cut them down and blame them for their method of success. Nothing like a little motivation heading into a title-defense season.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

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