Richard Sherman rips Seahawks coaches for passing at goal line
Richard Sherman got flashbacks when his team decided to throw the ball on 1st-and-goal Thursday night, and the Seattle Seahawks cornerback let the coaching staff know how unhappy he was about it.
After Russell Wilson threw an incomplete pass to Jimmy Graham from the 1-yard line that was nearly intercepted, Sherman was seen shouting at offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell on the sideline. The two needed to be separated, and Sherman did not keep the issue in-house after the game.
“I’m upset about us throwing from the 1,” he told reporters, per Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com. “I’d rather do what most teams would do, making a conscientious decision to run the ball.”
Sherman said he was directing his complaints toward head coach Pete Carroll when Bevell got involved.
“Yeah, I was letting [Carroll] know. We’ve already seen how that goes,” Sherman said, referencing the infamous play call that lost the Seahawks the Super Bowl a couple years ago. “I’m sure you guys have seen that play enough times.”
Carroll downplayed the incident, noting that wide receiver Doug Baldwin — who eventually caught a touchdown pass on third down after a run on second down was stuffed — wanted the ball.
“Between what he was saying and what Doug [Baldwin] was saying, Doug was saying, ‘Give me the ball,'” Carroll said. “And Richard was saying something else. I needed those two guys to go sit down and have a little timeout and talk it over what we should do next.”
If you remember, a GIF of Sherman in disbelief went viral after Malcolm Butler’s interception sealed a win for the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. You can see a video of the incredible play here.
While the Seahawks disposed of the Los Angeles Rams easily, the 24-3 score was not indicative of the way they played. Coming off a 38-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers, Seattle was looking for a more inspiring performance against a terrible team. Some of Sherman’s frustration may have stemmed from that.