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Richard Sherman on Seahawks throwing from the 1: ‘I’d rather run the ball’

Richard Sherman on Seahawks throwing from the 1: ‘I’d rather run the ball’

Richard Sherman was there on Feb. 1, 2015, when his Seattle Seahawks threw from the 1-yard line in Super Bowl XLIX against the New England Patriots rather than just feed their Beast Mode running back, Marshawn Lynch. He saw what happened, like we all did, and we all have, again and again.

And he’d rather not relive it again.

In the third quarter of Seattle’s Thursday night game against the Los Angeles Rams, the Seahawks’ offense got first down at the Rams’ 1 after a defensive holding penalty. And on first down, Russell Wilson threw incomplete for tight end Jimmy Graham.

While on second down the Seahawks did try to run the ball, handing off to Marcel Reece, he was stuffed at the line, and on third down Wilson threw again, this time completing his pass to receiver Doug Baldwin for a touchdown.

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But Sherman was not happy with what he saw from oft-criticized offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, and he let him know about it, screaming at him on the team’s sideline; Sherman was pulled away by defensive coordinator Kris Richard.

“I’m upset about throwing from the 1,” Sherman said after the game. “I’d rather do what most teams do and make a conscientious decision to run the ball. I was letting (Bevell) know … We’ve seen that and I’m sure you guys have seen that play enough times.”

While a fair number of fans were likely applauding Sherman, it’s not often you see players screaming at coaches, especially not their own position coach/coordinator.

But this is Seattle, where head coach Pete Carroll likes to let players speak their minds, even when it means dressing down a coach in view of national television cameras.

“I’m not even worried about it one bit,” Carroll said when asked if Sherman had crossed a line. “I talked to (Sherman) on the sidelines and he was jacked up and ready to go and he went out and played a good series after that. What was said in there, it doesn’t matter. I know you would love to know more. You’ll probably figure out more, but I don’t care. That was one of our guys who has as much emotion and passion for this game as you could ever want.

“Sometimes it goes one way where you have to reel it back in. He did exactly that. He did a nice job of coming back to poise and finished the game really well.”

It’s interesting that in his answer Carroll seems to indicate that there may be something more to the Sherman-Bevell situation, saying reporters will “probably figure out more.”




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