Carroll: ‘I thought it was a normal football game’ for Sherman
RENTON – The Chargers showed that it is, in fact, possible to complete a pass against Richard Sherman.
But that was about the only perception that should change about the Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback following Sunday’s game, despite what some comments from the Chargers locker room would suggest.
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San Diego didn’t avoid Sherman entirely the way Green Bay did a week earlier, even finding success on some of the occasions in which they threw his way. But the notion that Sherman was “exposed” – the word several Chargers reportedly used – seemed like a massive exaggeration immediately afterward. It still does upon further review of the game.
“I thought it was a normal football game,’ just like we’ve come to expect,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday when asked about Sherman’s performance. “They stayed away from him some.”
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was 4 of 6 for 54 yards when throwing to receivers being covered by Sherman. The longest of those completions went for 16 yards. None of them produced touchdowns.
Rivers was 28 of 37 for 284 yards in all, so only a portion of his damage was done against Sherman.