Sea­hawks’ Sher­man of­fers no re­grets for out­burst

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Tim Booth AP Sports Writer

Richard Sher­man felt no need to apol­o­gize.

The Seat­tle Sea­hawks cor­ner­back said Wed­nes­day that he has no re­grets about his an­gry sideline tirade dur­ing the At­lanta game that has be­come as much a part of the con­ver­sa­tion as the Sea­hawks sit­ting at 4-1 or their game this Sun­day at di­vi­sion ri­val Ari­zona.

“Nope, noth­ing at all,” Sher­man said.

Sher­man’s erup­tion in the win over the Fal­cons was a rare pub­lic dis­play of strife among play­ers and coaches. It took team­mates Bobby Wag­ner, Kam Chan­cel­lor and Michael Ben­nett to fi­nally calm Sher­man.

But what be­came clear since the tirade are the events that led to Sher­man’s out­burst. There was a mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween Sher­man and backup safety Kel­cie McCray that led to two dif­fer­ent cov­er­ages being played and leav­ing Julio Jones un­cov­ered down the sideline for a 36-yard touch­down.

Sher­man was livid, al­though ini­tially it was dif­fi­cult to see what set him off other than the Sea­hawks blow­ing cov­er­age and giv­ing up an easy touch­down. Footage re­leased Tues­day and broad­cast on “Inside the NFL” showed de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Kris Richard and Sher­man shout­ing at each other as the de­fense came off the field. Sher­man’s anger ramped up after that, lead­ing to sideline con­fronta­tions with coaches and team­mates that took nearly the en­tire third quar­ter to sim­mer down.

Sher­man said he has talked with Richard about what hap­pened.

“There wasn’t much of a need. We’ve had a con­ver­sa­tion but noth­ing out­side of the norm. I think every­thing is pretty much un­der­stood,” Sher­man said.

Sher­man’s anger did have a lin­ger­ing ef­fect. At­lanta scored touch­downs on its next two pos­ses­sions — in­clud­ing another long TD on an ap­par­ent blown cov­er­age.

The Sea­hawks re­cov­ered in the fourth quar­ter. At­lanta was held to 24 to­tal yards and Sher­man had a hand — lit­er­ally — in the key turnover when Matt Ryan’s pass slipped through Jones’ hands, was bat­ted in the air by Sher­man and was in­ter­cepted by Earl Thomas.

“We know each other, we un­der­stand each other, it’s hap­pened at prac­tice sev­eral times,” line­backer K.J. Wright said. “If it hap­pens, cor­rect it, fix it, move on. That’s what we did. We moved on and we found a way to fin­ish the game and then we fixed it the next day.”

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