Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks talks with cornerback Richard Sherman #25 prior to the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman didn't back down from his postgame comments criticizing the coaching staff for throwing from the 1-yard line during Thursday night's game against the Los Angeles Rams.
"No, I think sometimes things need to happen like that," Sherman said on Tuesday. "People need something to talk about this week so you're going to talk about that but it worked out. The way our team works it worked out fine and we're moving forward."
Sherman said he did not regret the comments and had not apologized to teammates for what he said.
Sherman spoke with both head coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell about the situation on Friday following the team's 24-3 win over the Rams.
"It was good. It was productive," Sherman said of his meeting with Carroll. "We went over some stuff. We went over some different strategies. It was really cool. It was fun."
Following Thursday night's game, Sherman had criticized an offensive decision to throw the football on 1st-and-goal from the 1-yard line in the third quarter. The pass from Russell Wilson to Jimmy Graham was nearly intercepted and Sherman became enraged on the sidelines.
"I don't like it when we throw the ball at the 1," Sherman said Thursday night in addressing what had upset him. "We throw an interception at the 1, luckily it went incomplete and I wasn't going to let them continue to do that."
Sherman said he didn't expect any of his teammates to have issues with what he said because they understand the history of the situation - alluding to the interception on the final play of Super Bowl XLIX.
"No because what's our rule, protect the team. Protect the team. It goes both ways. That's what me and Pete talked about," Sherman said.
Carroll - while not excusing Sherman's comments - said Friday that the meeting he had with Sherman went well and helped him decided on how to move forward.
"I think if we weren't able to come back from that, I think so," Carroll said. "I think it would depend on how the meeting went. The meeting went very well and it was very clear. And I know the guy I'm talking to. I know him as well as you can know a guy. I know how he feels about it and I'm fine about what happened.
"That doesn't mean that it was OK. That doesn't mean that it isn't something that needed to be addressed. He's the only guy that was in my office this morning so we went right after it and I was going to make my decision on how to move forward based on what happened and how we communicated and I feel very good about it."
Bevell also said they had a good conversation about the subject on Friday but admitted he doesn't believe it's a defensive player's place to criticize an offensive play call.
"We have a game plan going in that we’re trying to execute that we practiced all week," Bevell said. "When we’ve sat in the comfort of our work stations up here and we’ve broken down every detail about the defense that we’re going to play and the tendencies they have and how we want to attack it.
"In those moments where it’s calm and there’s not a lot of chaos, we’ve done all that preparation, so we’re going to let that preparation work. That doesn’t mean we don’t make adjustments, but we’re going to let that work. We as coaches have to be calm and collected in those moments."
Sherman became increasingly defensive during his press conference on Tuesday as he was asked about his reasoning for the criticism at offensive members of the staff.
Sherman was asked by local radio host and Seattle P-I columnist Jim Moore about what made him feel it was his place to be that openly critical of the decisions being made by Bevell and the offensive staff.
"What I don't quite understand is Darrell Bevell is calling plays and he thinks they're going to work and yet you think you maybe have a better handle of what should be called?" Moore asked.
"No, we've just had a prior experience so we talked about it. But let me guess, you have a better play call. Let me guess, you have better experience."
"No, I don't have better experience," Moore said.
"Then you should probably, you know, stop," Sherman replied.
After the press conference concluded, Sherman elected to express his displeasure with Moore's questioning as he was leaving the team auditorium.
"You don't want to go there. You do not. I'll ruin your career," Sherman said.
"You'll ruin my career?" Moore replied.
"Yes. Yes, I will," Sherman said.
"How are you going to do that?" Moore responded.
"I'll make sure you don't get your media pass any more," Sherman said.
"Oh, is that right?"
"Yes. Yes it is."
Sherman later apologized for the exchange with Moore via his Twitter account.
I appreciate the role the media plays and they have a tough job. I let it get personal today and I regret that. Next one should be fun— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) December 21, 2016