Is Richard Sherman Wrong?
Pro athletes are expected to play with confidence in their hearts and fire in their bellies.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is no exception to this rule. As a consistent Pro Bowl participant, he’s expected to live up to this standard week in and week out.
This standard however has boundaries in the hearts of many. Its ok when Sherman’s play is aggressive and he shuts down a standout wideout or rips a ball out of midair to the dismay of an opposing quarterback.
But when he speaks his mind in certain ways, there are many that have an issue with it.
Take for example, his recent sideline outburst when Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell dialed up a goal line pass against The Los Angeles Rams during a Week 16 victory.
Instead of simply sticking to the script and running the ball, Bevell issued another dangerous goalline pass that dangerously resembled another failed attempt.
Sherman lost it and with good reason. He is missing a second Super Bowl ring because Bevell pulled the same stunt when the Seahawks lost to the New England Patriots in 2014-15 run.
Its understood that teams want to avoid being predictable but common sense says a quarterback draw with a mobile quarterback makes more sense. Or how about a bootleg to at least pass into the safer confines of the flat with the option to run if the play breaks down?
Nope. Bevell wants to play with matches while wearing clothes soaked in gasoline by throwing into the heart of the defense with zero room to spare.
After being confronted by Sherman during the Rams contest Bevell told The Seattle Times that while the Patriots miscue will never go away, he trusts his offense to execute whatever play he calls.
“Every experience that we go through, we learn, we grow, we get scarred from it,” Bevell said. “I know when we were playing New England I was getting asked these questions, and it doesn’t leave you. What happened in the Super Bowl doesn’t leave us, it’s a scar, but we move on. That’s some of those things that can help to makes us stronger. I’m not going to question anything that I’m calling because I know the preparation that I’ve put in, I know the preparation that our coaching staff has put it, and I trust our players.
I know that they’re going to go out there and be able to execute it. I’m not going to ask them to do something that I don’t think they can do and I’m going to try to put them in the best situations to be successful.
I’m going to trust them when we do that, just as we did on the one yard line and then we ran it then we threw it again and scored a touchdown. That’s what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to do what’s best for the team, we’re trying to put the ball in the end zone any way that we can.”
He also stated that head coach Pete Carroll is in charge of what if any actions will be taken to discipline Sherman.
“I think there are repercussions when they step over the line,” Bevell stated “And that’s not for me to handle, that’s for coach (Carroll) to handle and how he wants to handle that. But I’m comfortable with all of our guys.’’
Carroll told the press on Thursday that he won’t specify how the situation worked itself out. “We’re done with it right now. Whatever we do, we do inside internally and it’s been taken care of,” he said.
He did state that he was surprised that Sherman went off on a reporter this week for asking him whether or not he felt he could call plays better than Bevell does.
“I was a little surprised. I just think, like he said, you guys got after him pretty good and it got to him a little bit and didn’t really maybe get everything out in the way that he wanted to,” Carroll said. “We’ve been together throughout the week to make sure that everything is in the right place for us. We’re fine here.”
Even after Sherman apologized for snapping on the reporter, the topic won’t go away.
For the record, he stands behind his opinion of Bevell’s tendencies which have left behind some serious carnage.
Respect being what it is, should Sherman be upset when he is forced to relive what is the worst blunders in the history of modern sports?
The answer should be no. Competition is competition and accountability is accountability. There must be order but there also must be a understanding that those at the top have to lead in servitude to others.
If injured Seattle safety Earl Thomas makes good on his threat to retire and Seattle fails to find a running back that can replace Marshawn Lynch, the window for their championship opportunity looks a lot murkier.
In which case, it stands to reason that moments like these just won’t belong to Sherman.