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Sherman says emphasis on illegal contact won’t impact the Seahawks

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It may be wishful thinking with a dash of delusion (which characterizes most things said at this time of year by NFL players and coaches), but Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman doesn’t believe that the renewed emphasis on illegal contact and defensive holding will affect the team whose push-pull-tug-shove habit may have sparked the effort to dust off rules that were last dusted off in 2004.

“[I]t will have very minimal impact on our game and how we play it,” Sherman told reporters on Monday.

He didn’t elaborate (or if he did the transcript didn’t reflect it), but it’s unrealistic.  The last time the NFL told officials to call pre-throw defensive fouls in the passing game more closely, the penalties jumped from 79 to 191.

If the Seahawks and other teams don’t adjust, the flags will fly again.  Even if it means bogging down games and making them last longer than they should.

If may be wishful think with a dash of delusion for the league office and the referees to think that the Seahawks and others will indeed change their way of trying to disrupt today’s high-octane passing offenses.

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  1. faepernick says: Aug 4, 2014 7:06 PM

    The Madden Curse begins.

  2. kylexitron says: Aug 4, 2014 7:06 PM

    Lets just not even play the 2014 season and just declare Peyton Manning the winner already so he will retire and we can stop changing the rules to support his legacy.

    Anyone who things the Seahawks got away with anything more than anyone else is just madbro.

  3. dalcow4 says: Aug 4, 2014 7:06 PM

    If the refs follow the rules and do what they are supposed to do– this team won’t even make the playoffs.

  4. raiderej says: Aug 4, 2014 7:07 PM

    Yea, ok.

  5. jonnguy2014 says: Aug 4, 2014 7:09 PM

    Coming from a 49er fan, Sherman is the best corner right now, and when he leaves possibly best to play the game. However, he should cut down on trash talking, otherwise Crabtree may purposely get him injured.

  6. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 4, 2014 7:09 PM

    I love his confidence, rock on, and I can’t wait to find out if Sherman is a great CB!

    Good thing he got the money upfront so it’s no pressure on him in any event.

  7. nawlinssaints1956 says: Aug 4, 2014 7:12 PM

    Ummm, yes it will. Their entire defensive strategy is built around illegal contact…

  8. braceyourselffor12 says: Aug 4, 2014 7:12 PM

    Their entire defense is predicated on PI/holding and the notion that if you do it every play the refs won’t be able to call every penalty.

    Legion of Frauds.

  9. birdsnooper2 says: Aug 4, 2014 7:13 PM

    I bet a rigorous PED testing program would impact their performance, though.

  10. superbowl48champs says: Aug 4, 2014 7:13 PM

    GO HAWKS!

  11. 7pints says: Aug 4, 2014 7:14 PM

    Coming from the guy who preached to his teammates to clutch and jab downfield every play, because he knew the officials wouldn’t throw a flag on every down.

  12. mogogo1 says: Aug 4, 2014 7:14 PM

    Being it was pretty transparently designed to impact the Seahawks, there’s a very high likelihood it will impact them.

  13. kerzondax says: Aug 4, 2014 7:14 PM

    Well that’s ludicrous. Of COURSE it will affect them. It will affect everybody. It doesn’t mean they still won’t be a good team. The question is, how will the O make up the difference.

  14. dwoofer says: Aug 4, 2014 7:17 PM

    How can it impact their play if they are so doped up on PED’s that they can’t control themselves?

  15. smackingfools says: Aug 4, 2014 7:18 PM

    Marino would’ve threw for 8,000 yards with today’s rules. And probably 70 td’s.

  16. orthomarine says: Aug 4, 2014 7:19 PM

    Lol…. Most penalized team through game 6

  17. MostlyRight says: Aug 4, 2014 7:19 PM

    When I heard about the new officiating emphasis I immediately thought “poor Seahawks” and more specifically “poor Sherman”.

  18. f1restarter says: Aug 4, 2014 7:20 PM

    If it does affect them, they’ll still have pills and injections to make up for it.

  19. coloradical420 says: Aug 4, 2014 7:24 PM

    whats the rule on an interception being called a TD? have they fixed that yet?

  20. grabgrabgrab says: Aug 4, 2014 7:25 PM

    …Until it does.

  21. therussellwilsonshow says: Aug 4, 2014 7:26 PM

    The biggest offender of illegal contact rule as well as the slowest member of LOB 2013…now plays for the New England Patriots. Sorry BB, but its da truth. LOB will be just fine in 2014. Can’t wait to see what happens now within that first 5 yards!

    Go Hawks!

  22. favresthumbdrive says: Aug 4, 2014 7:29 PM

    Does anyone whom actually watched Randy Moss in his heyday believe that Richard Sherman could have even come close to covering him???
    Darrell Revis was supposedly the best corner in the entire league, and Randy Moss at an advanced age was making one-handing TD catches on him.
    Sherman a product of his mouth and his current opponents.

  23. billybone says: Aug 4, 2014 7:32 PM

    He’s right, it’s New England who now employs Brandon Browner who will be affected the most. Sherman and Maxwell don’t come close to the manhandling that BB does at the line of scrimmage and in many cases past the 5 yard mark.

  24. chawkup says: Aug 4, 2014 7:34 PM

    Last year, it was PEDs. This year, it is defensive holding. What will it be next year, haters?

  25. bduncanscott says: Aug 4, 2014 7:35 PM

    This is because Richard Sherman cannot cover any WR’s man on man. He kids follows them knowing he can’t keep up so looks for the interception. So he has to be able to cover a wide receiver to gt called for illegal contact. He’s more like a scavenger

  26. noffy32 says: Aug 4, 2014 7:36 PM

    Not mad bro… But it sounds like you will be

  27. kamthechancellor says: Aug 4, 2014 7:37 PM

    The league set the all time record for points and yds per game last season. So why are they making it easier to move the ball? The NFL knows a dynasty when they see it. It’s a preemptive move to keep Seattle from outright dominating for the next 2-3 years, plain and simple.

  28. gadlaw2012 says: Aug 4, 2014 7:38 PM

    9-7 this year for the Seahawks. I mean, if they call the fouls.

  29. Most of you would be rapturous if your team won just one measly Super Bowl. We won it once, then again, and again, and again, yet again, oh, look, another one. You shrivel in our shadow. We define greatness. We built the NFL. We are the Steelers. says: Aug 4, 2014 7:39 PM

    Think about it for just one moment: there’s a reason only one team has six Lombardis. It’s because we are superior in every facet. The three rivers were made from the tears of our opponents.

  30. overweightman says: Aug 4, 2014 7:40 PM

    Sherman’s groped more players than Michael Sam.

  31. bubblehead22 says: Aug 4, 2014 7:41 PM

    Boy the wagon is full… Didn’t Microsoft buy tickets to keep your games from being blacked out since that stadium was built? Dynasty? Seriously?

  32. naes says: Aug 4, 2014 7:42 PM

    The NFC Championship game between the Seahawks and 49ers last year was one of, if not the best, games ever played.

    I’m a Giants fan. I was on the edge of my seat watching that game, going nuts. It was rough, physical, smash mouth football.

    Why is the NFL tinkering with something that isn’t broken? So one Super Bowl out of the past dozen or so was a stinker (because the Broncos weren’t physical enough) and now rules need to change? Please stop!

    If the NFC Championship game was the Super Bowl, we’d be talking about it as the best of all time. Leave the physicality in the game and let other teams man up. Just like the Giants and Patriots did, going out this year and signing physical players for their secondaries.

  33. FeedtheOldtotheYoung says: Aug 4, 2014 7:43 PM

    Does anyone whom actually watched Randy Moss in his heyday believe that Richard Sherman could have even come close to covering him???
    Darrell Revis was supposedly the best corner in the entire league, and Randy Moss at an advanced age was making one-handing TD catches on him.
    Sherman a product of his mouth and his current opponents.

    ________________________________

    In Randy Moss’ heyday, did anyone cover him?

  34. kamthechancellor says: Aug 4, 2014 7:44 PM

    Lmao reading the comments from you guys. I guess the refs will only emphasize it against Seattle. Can’t wait for you clowns to cry when your teams get screwed by the new “emphasis.”

  35. VenerableAxiom says: Aug 4, 2014 7:45 PM

    Yeah, and I just brought in two expensive free agent molesting DB’s. Of course, we usually get all lot of favorable calls anyway.

    Signed,
    Bill Belichick

  36. fluffybunny74 says: Aug 4, 2014 7:48 PM

    Goodell gave Rice two games and cans players for a year that smoke weed.

    Not one person should be surprised with the NFL’s actions anymore.

    Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered.

  37. migrainethreadache says: Aug 4, 2014 7:48 PM

    Lotta folks still on that ol’ PEDs game, huh. It’s starting to sound desperate now.

    Those still saying Sherman is a bad CB… it doesn’t matter that the Hawks play a cover 3 instead of man. QBs don’t throw to him, experts agree he’s at least top 3, and he picks ball after ball. You simply cannot argue with performance. Otherwise, become a philosopher and go debate hypothetical issues… Somewhere else.

    As far as the rule emphasis… its gonna hurt. Bad. Most penalized team won the superbowl, but these are gonna be hard penalties to absorb. Gonna just destroy us on 3rd downs.

  38. nosleeptilsb says: Aug 4, 2014 7:49 PM

    As far as covering Moss, why dont you throw Jesus Christ, Gumby, and Evel Knievel in the mix, Goofball.

  39. ausernamethatisavailable says: Aug 4, 2014 7:50 PM

    Anybody that thinks this won’t hurt Seattle more than most teams is just dreamingbro.

  40. spalding1234 says: Aug 4, 2014 7:52 PM

    so who cares what Sherman says. surprised so many peeps on here think the hawks get away with pass interference and illegal contact, etc. etc. What exactly is the NFL to you guys? They’ll be wearing flags in ten years at this rate!!! Get ready for our first 6,000 yard passer with more rules like this!!

  41. Marshawn Lunch says: Aug 4, 2014 7:54 PM

    The Seahawks don’t do anything that other defenses wouldn’t do if they had the required skill level. The defense jambs the WR at the line. The DB occupies a spot on the field that the WR wants to occupy. And Sherman plays the ball more than the player. Watch the film and try to find more illegal contact than any other team. You’re not going to find it.

  42. noffy32 says: Aug 4, 2014 7:57 PM

    That water in Pittsburgh came from some orifice and it’s the furthest from a tear. It will be a long time before you get crowned champion again.

  43. therussellwilsonshow says: Aug 4, 2014 7:58 PM

    The rules will be applied to every secondary. LOB as a group is as good or better than any in NFL. They will adapt to rule enforcement and still be better at coverage than your team (except maybe Cardinals). How does this ruin the Hawks chances?

    Hawks also have a third year QB coming off a SB win that has a talented receiving corps of speedsters and exceptional route runners. So, the illegal contact rules got tightened up just as DangeRuss takes full command of Bevell’s passing offense. Sounds good to me…Thank you NFL!

    Haters keep looking for a way to dismiss the Seahawks (same as last year after Harvin and O-line injuries). Sorry, but Hawks will still be in the mix come playoff time.

  44. genericusername112358 says: Aug 4, 2014 8:00 PM

    Anyone who’s actually seen the video put out by the NFL regarding the illegal contact rule emphasis will note that they didn’t use any footage from the Seattle Seahawks to show what illegal contact looks like.

    Yes, sometimes Seattle got away with some things (your team did too). But these rules are not about Seattle. Well… maybe the trash talk one. :)

  45. cedarpants says: Aug 4, 2014 8:01 PM

    Remember last year when the critics proclaimed Seattle’s impending doom because of the new rule emphasis on hard hitting running backs like Lynch?

    That was cute.

  46. dukeearl says: Aug 4, 2014 8:03 PM

    Seahawks will still win.
    Even if the defense penalties go up, the Seahawks have two speedy WR on the team now that defenses will be holding to slow them down.

    Seattle will benefit from this rule more than be punished.

  47. footballfan72 says: Aug 4, 2014 8:04 PM

    Sherman ain’t half the DB Peterson is and neither one measure up to Revis.

  48. swaggyy says: Aug 4, 2014 8:06 PM

    Don’t really folks, Sherman and the seahawks will still dominate your team.

  49. revelation123 says: Aug 4, 2014 8:09 PM

    The Seahawks were the primary reason they’re going to crack down on illegal contact. So it definitely will affect them.

  50. 6ball says: Aug 4, 2014 8:11 PM

    .
    The numbers don’t lie. After Bill Pollan, Jeff Fisher, and Rich McKay changed the rules, the number of illegal contact penalties increased from 79 to 191. . Without the change Peyton Manning would still be looking for his first ring.

    The Competition Committee does not need ownership approval for an increase of emphasis. Ownership approval is needed for a actual change of rules.

    Why aren’t accounts of their meetings and the votes of the Competition Committee made available to the media? What are they stonewalling?
    .

  51. pantherpro says: Aug 4, 2014 8:15 PM

    Sherman shut up or I will do it for you!

    Crab and Kap

    Super Bowl Champs 2015

  52. number1hawkfan says: Aug 4, 2014 8:16 PM

    You can tell it’s the preseason. Lotta “hope” out there. As in, I hope the Seahawks aren’t as good as they look. If you watched the Seahawks every game like I did you know it doesn’t matter what the rules are. They’re just better than your team. They hit harder. They play faster and they’re more prepared. Until proven otherwise keep “hoping”.

  53. revelation123 says: Aug 4, 2014 8:17 PM

    When you commit a penalty which is against the rules, that’s cheating. It was against the rules to videotape other team’s signals and the Patriots were punished for it.

    As for illegal contact, that’s cheating too. The Seahawks are the primary reason why illegal contact cheating is going to be looked at more this season. Many fans and even other teams were pointing out how the Seahawks were getting away with too much illegal contact cheating last year. The NFL listened.

    Now that the refs are going to crack down on illegal contact cheating, the Seahawks may actually be forced to have earn a Super Bowl win. You know, instead of cheating all the way there.

    Just like the Patriots, let’s see how many Super Bowls the Seahawks win when they’re no longer allowed to cheat.

  54. jayhawk777 says: Aug 4, 2014 8:20 PM

    The Hawks have dominate pass rushers in Avril and Bennett who BOTH destroyed the 49ers in the NFCCG and Denver in the SB.

    Avril hitting the arm of Manning for a pick 6 and both having strip sacks vs Kaepernick in the NFCCG.

    What about the dominating LB’s in Wags manning the Mike, KJ at the Will and a combo of Smith and Irvin playing the SAM?

    Everyone is focused on a couple of cb’s and then also forget about Earl Thomas covering CF and to watch the assassin in Kam blasting guys like D. Thomas in the SB and VDavis in the NFCCG, you’ve got a dominate defense and it’s not all holding.

    Jealous fans show too much obvious insecurity.

    The Hawks won’t have a SB let down. They’re led on O by the ultimate leader in Wilson and the D in Thomas. These guys are focused and will get 3-4 Lombardi’s.

    Just watch em and weep.

  55. denverdude7 says: Aug 4, 2014 8:21 PM

    The legion of boom is doomed.

  56. therussellwilsonshow says: Aug 4, 2014 8:21 PM

    Peterson may be the most gifted athlete playing DB.

    It is however a team game and Seattle’s secondary can match that of AZ. besides Sherman, the LOB has a human projectile in ET, the ultimate enforcer in Kam, and Maxwell wasn’t no slouch to end last season.

    We’ll find out if PP is as fast as Percy and P Rich…but he can only cover one!

  57. dbara43 says: Aug 4, 2014 8:25 PM

    As a fan of the National Penalty League, I just can’t wait for MORE PENALTIES, especially in the passing game, where there are so few.

    I mean if it wasn’t for NOT CALLING PENALTIES the Broncos and Peyton Manning might have broken the single season offense record and WON the Super Bowl!!! Uh…

    In a league full of stupid ideas right now, this one takes the cake. I guess 5 hour games that end up 51-45 is what the league wants.

    Long Live the NPL!!!

  58. lnfinite says: Aug 4, 2014 8:28 PM

    This loudmouth Sherman will lead the league being most flagged. Time to get humbled ……

  59. hogofsteel says: Aug 4, 2014 8:35 PM

    I find all the comments about Seahawks cheating very gratifying. It means they are the best and rest are losers. If you don’t think Sherman can cover without cheating …replay the 49ers last offensive play of the season over and over and over again. I know I just can’t seem to get enough of it.

  60. therussellwilsonshow says: Aug 4, 2014 8:42 PM

    I see my comments on Brandon Browner being the biggest illegal contact offender got panned above. Did you watch him in every game like I did? Sorry BB, but still true. Watch him with Patriots after suspension ends and you’ll see for yourself.

    Sherm is very good at perfecting his technique and Maxwell is getting better too (if he even keeps hold of starting job). I think they will play as tight as they can get away with and be just fine.

  61. veence69 says: Aug 4, 2014 8:46 PM

    The emphasis on not allowing gasoline in my car will have no affect on me getting from point A to point B.

  62. jdrewsy says: Aug 4, 2014 8:47 PM

    After the 2013 season, when passing yards ran rampant; when P. Manning set passing records, the NFL comes out with more “emphasis” to help passing??????

    Oh well, what do you expect? Ray Rice???? Now this? I don’t get it!

  63. radar8 says: Aug 4, 2014 8:50 PM

    The official name for the new rule is:

    THE SHERMAN RULE

    Defensive holding will actually be called this year. The rule’s namesake will get called every time he looks at an offensive player.

    Bwahahahahahahaha

  64. 4d9erdynasty says: Aug 4, 2014 8:52 PM

    Hahaha, yea right every team gets away with a hold here and there. The seahawks DBs get away with a hold once or twice a drive. So sick of seeing that all last season. i like this change, Sherman grabs jersey on alot of plays its in his game. Glad seahawks DBs wont get away of as much as they did in 2013.

  65. radar8 says: Aug 4, 2014 8:53 PM

    smackingfools says:
    Aug 4, 2014 7:18 PM

    Marino would’ve threw for 8,000 yards with today’s rules. And probably 70 td’s.
    ————————————————–

    ..and he still wouldn’t have a Super Bowl ring.

  66. thejuddstir says: Aug 4, 2014 8:53 PM

    Leave it to Hawk fans to totally disregard Petey’s own words about “hold ‘em on every play because the refs aren’t going to throw a flag every time there is holding, we’ll take our chances.” Sherman is high on something (again) if he doesn’t think it is going to affect the hawks.

  67. kimbo71006 says: Aug 4, 2014 9:02 PM

    Hawks also have a third year QB coming off a SB win that has a talented receiving corps of speedsters and exceptional route runners. So, the illegal contact rules got tightened up just as DangeRuss takes full command of Bevell’s passing offense. Sounds good to me…Thank you NFL!
    ———————————————-
    Sorry, but defense won those games, not the offense. The offense was mediocre at best. Look at the total yards, completed passes, etc. for Wilson and crew and tell me how it stacks up to the other actual “pro offenses” in the league, like the Saints, Broncos, Pats, etc.

    Why do you think that Wilson WAS NOT the MVP of the SB? Because he didn’t play like an MVP and the numbers just weren’t there.

    Start calling the fouls on their defense and their offense isn’t great enough to make up the difference. Or perhaps you were watching a different Seahawks team than the rest of us last year?

  68. goldrush36 says: Aug 4, 2014 9:02 PM

    They didn’t show any seahawks footage because they knew they would do enough crying as is. You already act like there was suddenly new rules written against them. Not the old rules just being enforced… It’s no secret they hold every play, they even proudly admit it. Hell I like the physical play, but Seattle seems to be the only team to completely build their scheme around breaking the rules.

  69. winninaintsinnin says: Aug 4, 2014 9:04 PM

    Poor Niner and other fans who are intimidated by the Hawks.

    Superbowl was fun.

    But why don’t you all show us where RePete or Sherman or any other Hawk said their plan was to hold every play and dare the refs to call it.

    Crickets…

    Crickets…

    Thought not.

  70. ayyyjayyy says: Aug 4, 2014 9:04 PM

    Wow seasterisks fans are getting defensive…”but, but, I swear, it’s a clean Lombardi.”

  71. kimbo71006 says: Aug 4, 2014 9:04 PM

    Aqib Talib is just as guilty as Sherman…they must have went to the same school together. Look for him to get flagged big time also.

  72. 4thqtrsaint says: Aug 4, 2014 9:07 PM

    Wonder what the last season might have looked like if the NFL decided to actually enforce the rules last year?

  73. winninaintsinnin says: Aug 4, 2014 9:09 PM

    BTW I especially loved the comment that Sherman knows he can’t cover guys so he intercepts the ball instead.😂

    Wow. You should be a commentator.

  74. ayyyjayyy says: Aug 4, 2014 9:11 PM

    Sherm is very good at perfecting his technique and Maxwell is getting better too (if he even keeps hold of starting job). I think they will play as tight as they can get away with and be just fine.
    ———–

    All I see here is hold, hold, hold. It’s over Seattle, back to the cellar.

  75. snaponrules says: Aug 4, 2014 9:13 PM

    It will change nothing. The refs will still not throw the flag 5 times in a row. It would slow the game down to much. But you can bet sherman will be holding/pi on every play. Its the only way he knows to “cover” anybody.

  76. cityofchampions27 says: Aug 4, 2014 9:14 PM

    It will effect every team — but some more than others. Seattle seems to be at the forefront of everybody’s minds. I’m sure that includes the officials.

    They dare you to throw a flag on every play. So we will see how the officials react to this. And remember, Def holding is an automatic 1st regardless of down and distance. This brings in the possibility of more teams moving the chains if they don’t alter their game in accordance w the new rules. I’m sure somewhere Skip Bayless is wanting to ask RSherman25 “You mad bro?”

  77. radar8 says: Aug 4, 2014 9:14 PM

    The crackdown on defensive holding is primarily due to the Seahawks. They not only held on every play, they bragged about the refs not willing to call a foul on every play.

    Karma, baby!!!!

  78. ayyyjayyy says: Aug 4, 2014 9:16 PM

    It’s over Seattle, all this dynasty talk too.

  79. briscocountyjr says: Aug 4, 2014 9:23 PM

    Whelp, that ends their run to defend the SB title.

  80. bubblehead22 says: Aug 4, 2014 9:26 PM

    Thejuddstir:

    Well Said.

    Seattle fans are the biggest band wagoners in any league…

  81. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 4, 2014 9:35 PM

    I think it’s going to impact all NFL defenses. Don’t touch the QB and don’t touch the WRs. And may the odds forever be in your favor.

  82. speicher145 says: Aug 4, 2014 9:42 PM

    Aaron Rodgers and company gonna give them a reality check week 1.

  83. kingkaepernick says: Aug 4, 2014 9:50 PM

    As a die hard Niner fan, I will echo what the Giants fan above said, the NFC Championship game was an unbelievable game to watch with all the physicality that was on display even though we ended up on the wrong side of it.

    I doubt the rule will affect the Hawks more than any other team because their defense is so well coached and how skilled their guys are.

    My hope on the other hand is that my Niners and CK7 handle their business, improve on offense, and get home field advantage this time so we can have the NFC Championship at home instead of up there in Seattle! No offense to the other fan bases on here but both of these teams aren’t going away unless there are massive injuries to either team. Once again the Super Bowl will go through the NFC West!

  84. vancouversportsbro says: Aug 4, 2014 10:07 PM

    A bunch of bitter haters in here. They were 13-3 last year and won the Super Bowl. Overall around 16-3 and undefeated in preseason. Yet that’s all due to illegal contact? They have a damn good offence themselves. I think you guys need to actually start watching the games.

  85. hansenbrothers says: Aug 4, 2014 10:07 PM

    Well considering that they commit pass interference on every play…

  86. codythao35 says: Aug 4, 2014 10:08 PM

    Trash talk again after you/Seattle humiliated the cheese heads ok? Make Rodgers go to sleep. I’d like to see that happen first.

  87. napalm101 says: Aug 4, 2014 10:16 PM

    The children want someone to beat up the big bad mean Seahawks…Get over it…The Seahawks are going to ride this wave for a long time…Another ring is headed their way…

  88. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Aug 4, 2014 10:21 PM

    How could the rules not affect the biggest grab and hold pass interference CB? This guy is delusional if he believes that.

  89. shlort says: Aug 4, 2014 10:22 PM

    Funny that Sherman would think that 5 penalties more penalties a game will have no impact on how they play.

    I recall last year when it was leaked that Pete Carroll told his players to do whatever it took to keep the big pass plays down. Then there was a lot of tape shown on how they were actually doing it. Now, Sherman thinks they will still be getting away with it? Laughable.

  90. ancienthawkfan says: Aug 4, 2014 10:31 PM

    I’m in the camp that says this new rule isn’t going to affect the Hawks any more than anyone else. There will be flags – there were last year. People seem to overlook the fact they are also supposed to emphasize OPI as well. That’s going to help people like Harvin and Richardson. Everyone out there that is just sure it’s only going to affect the Hawks better get ready for all the flags on their team as well. You need to be careful what you ask for.

  91. drunkwino says: Aug 4, 2014 10:37 PM

    The numbers don’t lie. After Bill Pollan, Jeff Fisher, and Rich McKay changed the rules…

    …The official name for the new rule is:

    THE SHERMAN RULE
    ———–
    This “new” rule has been on the books since 1974. The NFL suffers from amnesia when it comes to what’s legal and what isn’t from year to year. All you “new rule just made up to screw NE/Seattle,” people might want to take a minute to look this kinda stuff up and fight the ignorance before whining about how this is terrible, ruining the game and QB Madden stats friendly. If you’ve got a corner that can’t do the job within the rules, quit whining that the NFL should change it’s rules to fit your guy (you know, what your currently doing about Peyton Manning,) and go find one who can.

    Then again, this place ain’t exactly full of rocket surgeons, brain scientists, or even people who’ll get this joke.

  92. seasterisks says: Aug 4, 2014 10:39 PM

    Look at all these Seahawks fans squirming.

  93. logicalvoicescowboybrother says: Aug 4, 2014 10:40 PM

    I think the NFL should bring in the new rule that they have in the CFL this year ~ you can challenge a PI call twice in a game ~ it evens it up on both sides of the ball.

  94. JaminJake says: Aug 4, 2014 10:54 PM

    favresthumbdrive says:
    Aug 4, 2014 7:29 PM
    Does anyone whom actually watched Randy Moss in his heyday believe that Richard Sherman could have even come close to covering him???
    Darrell Revis was supposedly the best corner in the entire league, and Randy Moss at an advanced age was making one-handing TD catches on him.
    Sherman a product of his mouth and his current opponents.

    _______________________________

    Truth be told, I don’t see anyone ever covering Randy Moss. Would have loved to see him against Deion though.

    As for Sherman, Moss would toy with him, keeping it in 4th before kicking it into 6th gear and blowing past him.

  95. jprcox says: Aug 4, 2014 11:19 PM

    Excuses excuses….every fan who is complaining about the Seahawks just wants to find some reason Seattle won the Sb other than they are just that good.

    Like every other “ground changing” NFL rule that dumb sportswriters want to talk about in the off-season….this rule will be no exception and be more a whimper than bang.

    Speaking of bang….just wait til the Seahawks come play one of your fav teams – LOB.

  96. NFLisnotreality says: Aug 4, 2014 11:33 PM

    Leave it to Hawk fans to totally disregard Petey’s own words about “hold ‘em on every play because the refs aren’t going to throw a flag every time there is holding, we’ll take our chances.” Sherman is high on something (again) if he doesn’t think it is going to affect the hawks.

    21 19
    _______________
    You are right, I am sure that the coaching staff (s) has done nothing in planning for this rule change. If anything the good/great teams make adjustments and win championships.

  97. rainponcho87 says: Aug 4, 2014 11:45 PM

    I honestly think if defensive holding is more frequently called it will differentially effect the Seahawks. Why? Not because they are the only team doing this, but because of Caroll’s defensive scheme. He likes big tall corners who are very physical. Sherman runs a 4.54. That’s good but not great. His biggest strength is his size and ability to play well within a designed scheme. If holding gets more routinely called that will hurt his game more than and corner who uses his speed to blanket a receiver. That isn’t hating, that is just looking a a player’s ability and talents objectively

  98. bronco1st says: Aug 4, 2014 11:48 PM

    Suddenly Sheman becomes the odds on favorite to receive the most flags in 2014.

  99. claymus1 says: Aug 4, 2014 11:48 PM

    Fact remains that Sherman gave up like one TD this last year.Quadruple that number, throw in four from Maxwell’s side and it still won’t make up for the net gain the Hawks should enjoy as Harvin and Richardson take the top off of defenses all season….R. Wilson throws as pretty a deep ball as anyone, and unless I miss my guess we are going to see a lot of them this coming season…..Go Hawks!!

  100. swagger52 says: Aug 5, 2014 12:02 AM

    This rule will only affect 1 team in the NFL.
    That 1 team it will affect is……

    Whoever plays the New England Patriots.
    Brady has led the league for many years with first down by illegal contact penalties.

    You can always tell when you are watching a Patriots game…They don’t do instant replay on the illegal contact penalties awarded to Brady.

  101. claymus1 says: Aug 5, 2014 12:02 AM

    Seahawks O gonna blow up this year!

  102. swagger52 says: Aug 5, 2014 12:05 AM

    Wrong…The exact opposite happened the last time for whom calling illegal contact affected the team.

    The Patriots won a Super Bowl because they were holding the greatest show on turf all the way down the field.

    So the NFL stepped in with illegal contact. Since that time – now over 10 years, the Patriots have been flagged for that penalty the least and whoever plays the Patriots have been flagged the most.

    Ironic isn’t it? Different rules.

    T-Sizzle

  103. scw1993 says: Aug 5, 2014 12:23 AM

    Until Mr. Wonderful in Denver somehow manages to get his ring, every rule in the nfl will be shifted, bent, and changed for his benefit alone. Fact.

  104. lanman11 says: Aug 5, 2014 12:28 AM

    This is exactly how Peyton got his first ring. He used to get beat in the AFC Championship game and he just got whipped in the Super Bowl, by a physical defense. Anyone think this is a coincidence?

  105. ridgebak says: Aug 5, 2014 12:43 AM

    This guy must have delusional disorder just like the pedhawks fans.

  106. hawkstradamus says: Aug 5, 2014 12:44 AM

    Next year they will only allow man coverage and no more than three pass rushers.

  107. 206townbiz says: Aug 5, 2014 1:12 AM

    Listen to all these haters. Bwahahaha!!! This isn’t going to bother our Seahawks no more than any other team. We’ve gotten rid of the guy who can’t defend a double move without holding to save his life. That’s the Patriots problem now (B. Browner). See some of you haters in the playoffs.

  108. 206townbiz says: Aug 5, 2014 1:17 AM

    Ummm I’d like to see where P. Carroll said “hold em’ on every play”. Smdh. Love it how the haters like to make up their own facts.

  109. beastmode5150 says: Aug 5, 2014 1:22 AM

    Film on this issue shown to all teams, ZERO Seahawks players shown.

  110. jayovalentine says: Aug 5, 2014 2:23 AM

    In high school I tugged at jerseys to irritate em and throw em off a bit, jammed em and pushed at the line but those guys did it constantly !!

  111. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Aug 5, 2014 2:55 AM

    I put my money on Sherman, Carroll and Schneider to foil Goodell and the NFL brass. All they’re giving the Hawks is another chip on Seahawk shoulders.

  112. vetelmo says: Aug 5, 2014 3:17 AM

    He may be right, he may be wrong. None of this talk will matter at the end of the year.

  113. boltingup says: Aug 5, 2014 3:31 AM

    As if the offensive advantage isn’t already out of hand…

  114. troutguide says: Aug 5, 2014 3:41 AM

    It’s gonna be fun watching this clown implode under the weight of his big mouth. As if the league needs more incentive to beat a great team. This guy just keeps running his mouth. Wait til Sherm’s opponent beats him for a TD and gives Sherman the choke sign. It’s gonna be fun!

  115. RegisHawk says: Aug 5, 2014 4:34 AM

    They had one of these called against them for all of last season…and it was declined. I expect more whining when other teams are more impacted by this rule change than the Seahawks. Then it’ll be all about how the refs have it out for their team.

  116. kayakattack says: Aug 5, 2014 8:18 AM

    Wow, I live in an Era where the best defensive teams are made out to be villains… The World Cup is over people.

  117. longtimefanhtr says: Aug 5, 2014 8:57 AM

    Get ready for 6,000 yard passers and 5 hour games if they truly enforce the illegal contact.

  118. higheriqthanyou says: Aug 5, 2014 9:23 AM

    What’s the color for jealousy? Green?

  119. higheriqthanyou says: Aug 5, 2014 9:50 AM

    Loved the comment that Sherman just intercepts because he can’t cover.

    You are all so cute.

    Hawks would have shut down Moss. He wouldn’t have had time to get deep after hos scrawny arse was jammed and he would have alligatored it after getting drilled.

    And I’m a Moss fan.

  120. jeffesky says: Aug 5, 2014 9:52 AM

    As was the case 10 years ago when games went FROM 3.5 hours to 4.5 hours they will go back to not calling it every play. The Hawks will adjust to an extent but heavy bump and run is what they do and WILL do. Having been at t-camp since its been open its obvious the pass rush is going to be wicked this year and Pete did say they know the new rules inside and out and have a plan in place which every time he says that I believe it because its been true every time. Your gona see and know the LB’s on this team this year. Thier role has been ramped up. GO HAWKS!!!

  121. sb44champs says: Aug 5, 2014 10:31 AM

    chawkup says:
    Aug 4, 2014 7:34 PM
    Last year, it was PEDs. This year, it is defensive holding. What will it be next year, haters?
    ==============================
    Actually, last year was both PEDs and PI lol

  122. belgaron says: Aug 5, 2014 10:45 AM

    90% of the contact teams complained about at the advent of the L.O.B. came from a guy who is now a New England Patriot. Maxwell and Sherman will have no problems this year with this or any other rule.

  123. furious76 says: Aug 5, 2014 10:57 AM

    It’s sad that the league has to remind refs to enforce the rules of the game, as written. It’s even sadder that a team won the SB by ignoring the rules knowing they would not get called often enough to offset the benefit of illegal contact prior to a pass.

    Look for Seattle to miss the playoffs this year.

  124. seabrawk12 says: Aug 5, 2014 10:58 AM

    I can smell the fear in all of the Hawk hater comments. The Legion of Boom will reek more havoc than ever before on all of your vulnerable offenses.

  125. onbucky96 says: Aug 5, 2014 11:19 AM

    I guess. Sherman beat the rap for PEDs, so holding shouldn’t be an issue either.

  126. diveleft says: Aug 5, 2014 11:40 AM

    I’s a shame that it took a team to cheat all year long on their way to a tainted Super Bowl championship for the NFL to finally realize that they need to en force the rules that were already in place.

  127. seasterisks says: Aug 5, 2014 11:55 AM

    seabrawk12 says: Aug 5, 2014 10:58 AM

    I can smell the fear in all of the Hawk hater comments. The Legion of Boom will reek more havoc than ever before on all of your vulnerable offenses.

    ——————-

    I guess the new “shipment” just arrived huh?

  128. ayyyjayyy says: Aug 5, 2014 11:57 AM

    Must be tough being a Seahawks fan. After decades of suckage, the NFL got them to believe they “won” the SB, when in reality, we all know it’s tainted.

  129. belgaron says: Aug 5, 2014 12:40 PM

    Fantastic Super Bowl win for a deserving franchise which of course has the greatest fans in the NFL.

    Previous SB winners to fail miserably the next year came from teams with lots of older players.

    Seahawks are young and will be improved on both sides of the ball this year. They actually improved the team during the offseason, unlike so many of the hater’s teams.

  130. longtimefanhtr says: Aug 5, 2014 2:08 PM

    jeffesky says:
    Aug 5, 2014 9:52 AM

    As was the case 10 years ago when games went FROM 3.5 hours to 4.5 hours they will go back to not calling it every play
    ////////////////////////////////////////////

    Exactly. There will be an initial emphasis placed on this by officials. Then games will get longer, players and coaches will complain as will fans and life will resume as usual.

  131. laserw says: Aug 5, 2014 4:43 PM

    Until Seahags players are made to take a drug test that isn’t gamed, this team has nothing to fear.

    If their players are tested like the rest of the league, half the team would be suspended.

    Just read about how the players have already gotten out of drug tests and you’ll see something is fishy in Seahag land.

  132. skawh says: Aug 5, 2014 5:48 PM

    There sure is a lot of whining from 2013 LOSERS here today…But it’s understandable since the reflective glare off the Lombardi basking in the Seattle sun is bumming you ladies out…bring on the hate…just like last year…the Super Bowl Champion Hawks didn’t stand a chance, remember…….Oh yo’ right this time? Whateva! HAWK FUEL!!!!!

  133. skawh says: Aug 5, 2014 6:00 PM

    ayyyjayyy says: Aug 5, 2014 11:57 AM

    Must be tough being a Seahawks fan. After decades of suckage, the NFL got them to believe they “won” the SB, when in reality, we all know it’s tainted.

    ————————————————————-

    Hmmmm….let me think…what is “tougher”, being a paranoid rumor mill creating LOSER, or having a LOMBARDI winning championship team?

    Excuse me….it’s time for my weekly replay of that 43-8 stompin…REPLAY, the pause that refreshes…oh, there guys that snap over Manning’s head agin….haha, even the most Xtreme hawk hater has got to luv that deer in the headlights look from Peyton….LMAO!!!!!!

  134. mybillsareoverdue says: Aug 5, 2014 8:47 PM

    DangeRuss? LOL LOL Is that really his nickname up in the Northwest or did you just make that up? Incredibly ridiculous!

  135. prs250player says: Aug 5, 2014 10:43 PM

    For all of you droning on about the Seahawks extensive use of PEDs, here are some facts for you:

    During the past two seasons, three Seattle players were suspended for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs.

    During that same time period, Washington has had 3 players suspended for PEDs, St. Louis has had 3, Philadelphia has had 2, Indianapolis has had 2 . . .

  136. hdavid55 says: Aug 6, 2014 8:11 AM

    When NFL rules officials were asked if they had reviewed Seahawks games in developing the new rules they replied they hadn’t…but had reviewed a number of other teams games….The NFL officials that came out last week to Seahawks practice and educated and refereed some games threw many flags…they were not PI’s…the passing plays to get the most flags were against the offensive receivers…the other part of the new rules that isn’t getting much ink…teams with physical WR may also see a lot of laundry with the new rule change…according to NFL officials

  137. seasterisks says: Aug 6, 2014 3:21 PM

    skawh says: Aug 5, 2014 6:00 PM

    ayyyjayyy says: Aug 5, 2014 11:57 AM

    Must be tough being a Seahawks fan. After decades of suckage, the NFL got them to believe they “won” the SB, when in reality, we all know it’s tainted.

    ————————————————————-

    Hmmmm….let me think…what is “tougher”, being a paranoid rumor mill creating LOSER, or having a LOMBARDI winning championship team?

    Excuse me….it’s time for my weekly replay of that 43-8 stompin…REPLAY, the pause that refreshes…oh, there guys that snap over Manning’s head agin….haha, even the most Xtreme hawk hater has got to luv that deer in the headlights look from Peyton….LMAO!!!!!!

    ———————–

    Keep believing it’s a legit Lombardi.

    With the LOB rule, The Legion is Doomed

  138. seasterisks says: Aug 6, 2014 3:23 PM

    “If you want to repeat, you must re-PED! And keep holding the receivers.”

    – PED Carroll

  139. 1greatusername says: Aug 6, 2014 4:59 PM

    LOL at the polarity of the comments. Seems most folks with the inclination to post either devotedly adore the Seahawks, or abjectly hate them. Lighten up, it’s just a game. :)

  140. carbonriver says: Aug 6, 2014 7:46 PM

    The rule isn’t about Seattle, it’s about Manning and getting him his ring. Seattle won’t see that many more flags except for in Week 3 and in February. Would be nice if the league would just come out and clarify that the rule is really that no defensive player may touch a receiver to which Manning is considering a pass. He’s not getting any younger and if they don’t get him a second ring this year, well just watch out for next year’s rule changes….

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