Over the last three years, the Seahawks have the most suspensions in the NFL for performance-enhancing drugs, including defensive end Bruce Irvin's four-game ban that was handed down earlier this month.
The transgressions have sullied the team's reputation, and safety Kam Chancellor has apparently had enough of it.
Kam Chancellor says the Seahawks need to stop making the same mistakes with banned substances. (AP)
Chancellor said in an interview Monday with Sirius XM NFL Radio that the Seahawks had a meeting after Irvin's suspension, and maturity was the top talking point.
"The vets, we put a meeting together to talk to the guys about not making the same mistakes over and over," he said. "We have to grow up and move past that. That's pretty much the message right now, growing up and not making the same mistakes over and over."
Irvin, a second-year defensive end, became the fifth Seahawks player to be suspended for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. John Moffitt, Allen Barbre, Winston Guy and Brandon Browner have all received four-game suspensions, and Richard Sherman also tested positive but had his suspension overturned on appeal last December. All but Barbre remain on the Seahawks' roster.
It's clear that Irvin's suspension will hinder the Seahawks early in the 2013 season. Chancellor, however, said that while Irvin is an integral piece of the Seahawks' defense, he's not worried about the team filling his position during the ban.
"Losing Bruce, he's a key part of our defense," Chancellor said. "But you know, our team is so stacked in our depth, and everybody's so good that whoever steps up in that role, they will do an amazing job as well, so we shouldn't miss a beat."