Richard Sherman’s Tirade Overshadows Seattle’s Win
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — In the future, Seattle coach Pete Carroll says he'd prefer if Richard Sherman handled his frustrations in a way that did not result in an emotional eruption on the sideline in the middle of a game.
Sherman's shouting match with players and coaches became a teaching moment for the Seahawks yesterday, a day after Seattle rallied for a 26-24 win over Atlanta.
Carroll spent most of his Monday availability talking about emotions, philosophy and what exactly transpired on Seattle's sideline that became as much of a story as the Seahawks improving to 4-1.
Sherman's tirade happened after a blown coverage in Seattle's secondary that allowed Julio Jones to run uncovered down the sideline for a 36-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Sherman was livid, screaming at anyone within earshot on the sideline and getting in the face of anyone who tried to calm him down.
Along with his tirade, Sherman was at the center of a controversial no-call on Atlanta's final offensive play when Jones tried to pull in a deep pass from Matt Ryan. Sherman had a grip on Jones' right arm as he attempted to catch the pass and Atlanta's sideline screamed for a pass interference call.
Seattle received mixed news on two injuries.
Michael Bennett could play next week at Arizona after injuring his right knee on a cut block by Atlanta's Jake Matthews. Bennett was incensed by the block, calling it unnecessary and using a few expletives to drive home his point.
The news on Luke Willson wasn't as good. Carroll says Willson has cartilage damage and strained ligaments in his right knee that could require surgery.