Originally posted by zaghawk:
He got torched. No denying it. Play enough plays, you're going to lose a few big ones. That also being said, "the tip" the "immaculate deflection" Crabtree who is a much better receiver than this "no name" didn't get mauled/held, Sherman beat him straight up, tipped/deflected a good (not perfect) pass, and helped win that game. So just saying if you're going to say he's mediocre because he got burned by a mediocre receiver. What about when he owns a good receiver like crab tree (yes, I Crabtree is a good receiver). Hell on gameday when that pass happened half the fan board was screaming "Why KAEP WHY DID YOU TRY Sherman now?!?" no one was complaining about a missed ref hold call or anything on that play. Just sayin'
That's his route and his forte. I don't like Sherman at all. I have to teach a leadership class, and his punkass antics are constantly being copied by kids who think you have to be a selfif-absorbed clown to be good. I waste a ton of time explaining how he and Ray Lewis are actually terrible examples of leadership, sportsmanship, and class. That said, he is probably the best sideline route defender in the league right now. His height/reach/leaping/timing allows him to shadow the route, effectively taking away the back shoulder, since he can still cover an outside shoulder throw with is ability to go up for the ball. That's kinda his one trick, though. He doesn't have the lateral agility or quickness to be a true shadow type of shutdown corner, and he is only able to play aggressive underneath because Thomas is a freaking stud.
Earl SHOULD be the biggest star on the team, but dumbass 2012s and national media can't get enough of Sherman's self-promotion. You say you want greatness with class, but you have it right in front of you, holding your whole defense together, and all the love still goes to Sherman. I live outside of Seattle, and most of the bandwagon, ex-Patriot, ex-Giant, ex-Packer, ex-Raider, ex-Cowboy fans (who all CLAIM that they've been Seahawk fans the whole time, as if I can't remember the shirt/jacket/cap/bumperstickers they were sporting 5 years ago) don't even know who Thomas is.
Back to the NFCCG defelection. Kap never should have thrown it. You just don't throw that route on Sherman unless your guy is tall enough to go over him, or fast enough to uncover by a large enough margin to negate Sheman's reach. Kap is stubborn enough to defend the choice publicly, and the coaches have his back. You don't go right at your opponent's strength in a momen like that, especially with a guy that's not 100%; it's just poor strategy.
Originally posted by zaghawk:
I'll admit it. Our defense holds a lot. Hell even our offense holds a lot. But the times I do watch other teams and other plays. I see it happening everywhere and just about every play if you were to pause a frame and zoom in on every player I guarantee you'll find a hold somewhere. is it right...no. But is it a Seahawk thing only, absolutely not. But the Seahawks are finally getting success and for those who won't admit its because they're finally good, then they'll use that as the only reason they can win. You want an uber clean game, the refs have to set the tone, call all EVERY holding penalty in the first 4-5 plays of the game. If not, the refs have decided they're going to let the players play it out. Therefore deal with it, bring it right back to them, or quit crying about it because unless you're a ref on the field or Roger Goddell it's not going to change.
I feel that this needs to be straightened out. Eery offense holds on every play. The line that the league has drawn in the sand is that you can't hold outside of the chest plate/shoulders, you can't hold around the legs/hips, and you can't grab jersey to slow a guy from behind. Seattle routinely gets away with the third type of illegal holding (watch anyone blocking Aldon Smith or Justin Smith), and it is absolutely NOT on par with the frequency that the other teams in the league commit, or get away with this, this particular offense. Defensively, it is common for coverage guys to punch receivers as they enter/exit breaks. It helps them maintain tight coverage, but it exposes them to the posibility of an illegal contact flag. When a DB holds a guy that beats him, he generally expects a holding flag, but accepts that it was his only way to prevent a TD. Seattle grabs the hell on during breaks, or even running straight down the field. This is not a common practice, and it is obviously not flagged against Seattle enough to discourage cheating as a strategy.