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Richard Sherman: Goodell’s “foolish” ejection rule shows he doesn’t understand players

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Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman doesn’t think much of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s desire to eject players who get two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in a game.

Asked about the proposal on ESPN, Sherman said it shows how little Goodell understands about the players who are on the field on Sundays.

“I think it’s foolish, but it sounds like something somebody who’s never played the game would say, something they would suggest, because he doesn’t understand, he’s just a face, he’s just a suit. He’s never set foot on the field and understood how you can get a personal foul,” Sherman said.

Sherman echoed that when asked why the NFL hasn’t been able to figure out a way to fix the catch rule.

“Because you’ve got a bunch of suits doing it,” Sherman answered. “You’ve got a bunch of guys who never played. They’ve probably touched a football to hold it out or to shake someone’s hand and take a picture but they’ve never played the game.”

Sherman’s opinion of Goodell is a common one among players. But the ejection rule is likely to be imposed upon the players whether Sherman likes it or not.

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  1. golforepar says: Mar 20, 2016 2:44 PM

    Sherman is just a mouth. Shut it or just get another job. All jobs have rules!

  2. margoadams says: Mar 20, 2016 2:44 PM

    Ejections should be negotiated with the NFLPA not arbiltrarilly decided by Goodell or the owners. Unfair labor practices.

  3. rgorr44 says: Mar 20, 2016 2:46 PM

    Well said Richard.

  4. clelek05 says: Mar 20, 2016 2:47 PM

    Sherman jersey ordered. Well said. Fire Goddell!

  5. footballgnostic says: Mar 20, 2016 2:47 PM

    dumb rule change. I just dont like it. making everything black or white when there is plenty of gray area in some circumstances.

  6. xbam says: Mar 20, 2016 2:47 PM

    i don’t think Richard understands how little Rogers cares about the need to “understand” the players that are on the field….Richard should understand the NFL is about BIG MONEY and that equals MONEY….Roger can’t have the players acting like football players on Sundays….they need to be more professional out there so the sponsors aren’t offended…

  7. xbam says: Mar 20, 2016 2:49 PM

    meant to say BIG MONEY and that equals IMAGE….

  8. ipdaily69 says: Mar 20, 2016 2:49 PM

    Suits do love to lie though…..and Goodell and his henchmen are exceptional liars.
    PS…..suits didn’t know cold air affects PSI…….and suits still on the fence regarding head trauma.
    But don’t wear a wrong colored glove or the suits will take your money

  9. regassert6 says: Mar 20, 2016 2:49 PM

    Yes all jobs have rules, but would you like it if Logistics made up the SOP’s for the accounting department? That’s sort of what he’s saying here. He’s not lashing out at the existence of rules.

  10. lapantherfan86 says: Mar 20, 2016 2:49 PM

    Awesome! I was actually sitting around and wondering what this idiot thought of the rules. Thanks pft!

  11. wallabear says: Mar 20, 2016 2:51 PM

    Goodell is not very well-liked, that is for sure. Off-topic: Now Mike Mayock is harping about draftee QBs Wentz and Goff being better than Winston and Mariota? Mayock… Just Stop The Insanity. Please… Somebody Call The Cops!

  12. streetyson says: Mar 20, 2016 2:51 PM

    Refs can already eject a player, I wish they’d just do so more often in obvious situations.

  13. stinkymcmulligan says: Mar 20, 2016 2:52 PM

    Foolish is 1. Asking Sherman for an opinion 2. Anything that comes out of Shermans mouth

  14. haterade999 says: Mar 20, 2016 2:59 PM

    About time a player stood up to the suits above them. Most everyone out there has to deal with management that has never actually done the job. I hope this catches on.

  15. imamarinebiologist says: Mar 20, 2016 2:59 PM

    Crybaby crybaby. These are the rules, if you can’t comply, get out. All you have to do is not be stupid twice a game. That’s it. Is it that hard?

  16. biglaj007 says: Mar 20, 2016 3:00 PM

    Sherman just needs to shut up and play. I understand football is a heated & passionate sport but there has to be some control on Sunday! The game is watched millions of people and I won’t want my kids to keep up some of the ad habits my some players especially the ones that want to bring their true colors during game. I think they need to specify which unsportsmanlike conduct should be ejected.An unintentional hit shouldn’t count but guys that argue with the refs and start fights should be kicked out!

  17. pooflingingmonkey says: Mar 20, 2016 3:00 PM

    Sherman is right. Pete Rozelle was, for the most part, well respected by players. The same could easily be said for Paul Tagliabue. But Goodell is despised by players and fans alike. A stuffed suit with a face made for TV, spouting prepared statements.

  18. sonhoodoo says: Mar 20, 2016 3:01 PM

    He is right. Goodell has no idea what he is doing and it shows. Blandino has no idea what he is doing and it shows. Troy Vincent has no clue about anything and it shows.

    I can understand how you can put a person with no football experience as the Commish, but I can’t understand how you have a person who has never been on the field as a ref is the head of officiating.

  19. ravensrooster94 says: Mar 20, 2016 3:02 PM

    Would Mr. Sherman care to expound on what he would consider to be an appropriate and fair ejection rule for multiple personal fouls? On second thought, maybe he did. No ejections.

  20. vicnocal says: Mar 20, 2016 3:04 PM

    Sherm speaking truth yet again.

    Goodell trying to pass this “yellow card rule”, or whatever he calls it, is just another example of a phenomenon we all know too well, and that is the over-regulating of things. People try to make up a rule or a “policy” for everything, and as a result, common sense gets thrown out the window.

  21. savethenflfirerogergoodell says: Mar 20, 2016 3:04 PM

    Sherman is a big mouth BUT Goodell IS an embarassment. all around.

  22. torchamundo says: Mar 20, 2016 3:04 PM

    This is why soccer is better

  23. shaggytoodle says: Mar 20, 2016 3:06 PM

    If the Officials in the NYG Car. game did their job this mess would never have come about…

  24. bman69 says: Mar 20, 2016 3:08 PM

    Sherman understands., any player can be ejected for a unintentional face mask, tripping call, ect all in the heat of the battle. The game is so fast that it happens. Lets make it after (2) major penalties, the player is pulled for a quarter., if he gets another in the rest of the game, he’s ejected. It takes out the mistake of a penalty, mistake of a bad call, and gives the player a chance to play the rest of the game.
    Are we gonna eject a star QB for 2-3 grounding calls ?
    Are we gonna eject a star DB for more than (2) hard sacks on a qb ?

    c’mon man……

  25. 81megatron81 says: Mar 20, 2016 3:11 PM

    Sherman is just another hood rat who can run fast, take away football and you’re nobody and will be nobody once football runs away from you. Enjoy bankruptcy, tool.

  26. arwiv says: Mar 20, 2016 3:11 PM

    Sherman is a Stanford guy…you may not like him but he’s certainly no idiot.

  27. maverick2560 says: Mar 20, 2016 3:13 PM

    Whoa!! Roger is not going to like that statement. Believe me those
    who know Roger will tell you that Roger really believed he could have
    played in the NFl. ( of course he got hurt and probably needed to add
    about 3 inches of height and 30 pounds of muscle.) Just ask NFL
    security and NFL personal.
    In regards to ejection it is a tough call.Plays like in the Super Bowl where a player blatantly grabs the facemask and then knowingly
    yanks the other players neck and head deserve immediate suspension.
    No additional penalty is needed. Where players make helmet to helmet
    contact on a bang-bang play that is a tough call to eject.

  28. trailerparkking says: Mar 20, 2016 3:13 PM

    Sherman is right. The same could be applied to the media, most never played football but for some reason think they know everything.

  29. bostonbadass says: Mar 20, 2016 3:14 PM

    I guess he knows some ejections are coming his way

  30. cowboysallday says: Mar 20, 2016 3:14 PM

    He’s 100% right

  31. baltimoresnativeson says: Mar 20, 2016 3:15 PM

    The rule was fine the way it was. Yet another unnecessary change.

  32. phillynac says: Mar 20, 2016 3:15 PM

    That has to be the most ridiculous argument I have ever heard. You need have played the game to be able to make rule saying not to act like Odell Beckham did in last year’s game against Carolina? I know Richard wants to be able to act like an idiot on the field but the reason you make so much money is because people in “suits” like Roger Godell make decisions that guys who can’t do anything but throw or catch a ball wouldn’t have the brain power to understand.

  33. deacon85 says: Mar 20, 2016 3:18 PM

    I never cared much for Richard Sherman, but he certainly understands Roger Goodell better than most, and unlike coaches and owners he’ll say exactly what he thinks. While some “suits” are perfectly capable of running a sports league, Goodell is a suit that can’t do much of anything with any competence. Goodell’s track record is abysmal.

  34. deacon85 says: Mar 20, 2016 3:18 PM

    I never cared much for Richard Sherman, but he certainly understands Roger Goodell better than most, and unlike coaches and owners he’ll say exactly what he thinks. While some “suits” are perfectly capable of running a sports league, Goodell is a suit that can’t do much of anything with any competence. Goodell’s track record is abysmal.

  35. friscokid49 says: Mar 20, 2016 3:18 PM

    what is foolish is not understanding the NFL as a player in the NFL.

    Goodell does not make up the rule change, the competition commitee does.

    also, alot of ex-players work for the NFL. for example, the disciplinary board is ran by a retired player. the board reviews misconduct and hands out fines and suspensions. Goodell’s name is on the legal document as commish, but he relies on the committee.

    but don’t let facts get in the way of ignorant narratives.

  36. r502 says: Mar 20, 2016 3:19 PM

    Sherman may have gone to Stanford, but he is flunking the course sportsmanship 101.

  37. bigbluefandom says: Mar 20, 2016 3:22 PM

    margoadams says:
    Mar 20, 2016 2:44 PM
    Ejections should be negotiated with the NFLPA not arbiltrarilly decided by Goodell or the owners. Unfair labor practices.

    Does your employer negotiate with you what the rules are at work? NO! Dumb thing to say. NFL can make what ever rule as long as they are not physically harmful to players. At the end of the day, players are HIGHLY PAID employees but still bound by workplace rules.

  38. fanboyarmy says: Mar 20, 2016 3:23 PM

    And Sherman certainly doesn’t understand that Goodell is a mere puppet/tool of the 32 owners and he, at all times, he follows the orders of the majority vote of those owners. Your Goodell hate is so comically misplaced!

  39. jimnaizeeum says: Mar 20, 2016 3:23 PM

    arwiv says:
    Sherman is a Stanford guy…you may not like him but he’s certainly no idiot.

    Think he geats into Stanford without football, you know…like the smart kids?

  40. vpettijohnjr says: Mar 20, 2016 3:24 PM

    Richard Sherman saying stupid things?

    Well there’s something new.

    That’s sarcasm, folks.

  41. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Mar 20, 2016 3:26 PM

    For a guy who is supposed to be smart, he sure does show an alarming lack of ability to understand how things work.

    The rule change was proposed by a team and voted on by the owners. Goodell has little or nothing to do with the specific wording of new rules.

  42. j0esixpack says: Mar 20, 2016 3:26 PM

    I challenge any owner to publicly state that Roger Goodell has “unquestioned integrity” and thus, per NFL rules, is qualified to be Commissioner, as required under Article 8

    If the NFL won’t follow their own rules, why should the players?

    Fire Goodell and hire someone with “unquestioned integrity” to wipe clean the tarnish of Goodell

  43. 34defense2014 says: Mar 20, 2016 3:27 PM

    Should be 3 Personal Fouls, not 2!

  44. mt10425 says: Mar 20, 2016 3:29 PM

    The only rule that needs to be implemented this year is: any player who shows up the refs by demonstration (such as, arms out ‘where’s the flag, or pretending to throw a flag) after a play is over should cost their team a 10yard penalty. I’m sick of players playing for the flag instead of just playing.

  45. bonniebengal says: Mar 20, 2016 3:29 PM

    The ejection rule was made for Burfict for the Steelers, favorites of the league. And it gives the refs and NFL even more power. Not all of the personal fouls called against Burfict were legit last year. Yes, the one in the playoff game was legit, but some throughout the year were made against him just because he’s Burfict.

    I want to see Ryan Shazier get called for his repeated crown of the helmet hits that actually knock people out (See Gio Bernard, also in playoff game). Instead, he gets praised because he’s a Steeler.

    Probably you will never see this post because PFT, big Steeler fans, will delete it like they do most of my posts.

  46. upnorthvikesfan says: Mar 20, 2016 3:31 PM

    The vast majority of players will never get a single personal foul penalty in there entire career. Sherman is one of the few who stands a good chance of someday having more than one in a game so of course he doesn’t like it. Solid player, but a loud mouth!

  47. amaf21 says: Mar 20, 2016 3:31 PM

    Shut your blabber mouth already you long-haired doofus. If you don’t like the rules go play in another league or club baby seals.

  48. tardisjockey says: Mar 20, 2016 3:34 PM

    A). Is there anyone posting on here that wouldn’t get kicked out of their place of employment if they got in a fight there? Hardly a fascist move or unfair labor practice.

    B). While everyone keeps bashing Goodell, he is laughing all the way to the bank doing exactly what he was hired to do: take the heat. It is the competition committee and the owners that will ultimately pass this rule, but go ahead and keep pointing fingers at Roger.

  49. kylexitron says: Mar 20, 2016 3:34 PM

    You may hate Richard Sherman, but his POV and what he has to say sure sounds a lot more credible and on point than any of the backtracking and mumbling Goodell has ever done making accusations or excuses.

  50. aldavisisthenfl says: Mar 20, 2016 3:35 PM

    Hey Sherman, 1999 called..they want their hairstyle back….

  51. rayguyhof says: Mar 20, 2016 3:37 PM

    So Richard, do you mean the rules devised by people who have made you a millionaire aren’t worth listening to? You mean those same people who saved you from a life of flipping burgers?

  52. chawk12thman says: Mar 20, 2016 3:39 PM

    For all those that keep with the bad mouthing of Sherman and saying he should keep quiet…..please remember that he is a union rep and on the NFLPA executive committee……
    I am sure the players he represents appreciate his not following your advice.

  53. gromgrimfist says: Mar 20, 2016 3:39 PM

    ipdaily69 says:
    Mar 20, 2016 2:49 PM
    Suits do love to lie though…..and Goodell and his henchmen are exceptional liars.
    PS…..suits didn’t know cold air affects PSI…….and suits still on the fence regarding head trauma.
    But don’t wear a wrong colored glove or the suits will take your money

    ……………………………….

    Ya cold weather only effect one teams PSI right… Santa Clause is real too

  54. jddirtybird21 says: Mar 20, 2016 3:40 PM

    Richard Sherman is probably an example of why Goodell is trying to put a rule like this in place

  55. ecniner says: Mar 20, 2016 3:40 PM

    Sherman just continues to show he can not stop talking jibberish…..When you get whacked and feeling dizzy, you might change your thoughts and talk…

  56. jag1959 says: Mar 20, 2016 3:45 PM

    Goodell doesn’t need to understand players or fans. All he needs to understand about any given issue is what will make the majority of the owners happy

  57. draculalambert says: Mar 20, 2016 3:46 PM

    I have to agree w Sherman Goodell is the Donald trump of football

  58. allidoiswin55 says: Mar 20, 2016 3:49 PM

    bigbluefandom- you sir are INCORRECT thanks for trying, yes big business /corporations actual DO talk with an appointed representative that is specifically in place to represent the working members. In this case it’s the NFLPA and in many other instances it’s some labor union group. Don’t compare McDonald’s employees to corporate infrastructure it makes your argument sound surfacely ignorant. If you demand to have rights and don’t have a union in place your getting fired. If you have a union they negotiate on behalf of its members even when they don’t all agree and sometimes you have a strike. Not the same as walking up to jimmy saying his working conditions for rules are unfair and shouldn’t be implemented.

    Also Sherman said more than this, this was just the point of the conversation where he wasn’t overly candid and hence why they chose to write about these quotes. Based people’s opinions off entirety of what they say.

  59. damcmp says: Mar 20, 2016 3:52 PM

    kickoffs deflated footballs extra point changes show he doesn’t know football either!!!!

  60. foosballisthedevil says: Mar 20, 2016 3:52 PM

    For a Stanford edge-you-macated player Sherman doesn’t understand the definition of sportsmanship

  61. margoadams says: Mar 20, 2016 3:56 PM

    Goodell should be suspended for allowing Hocholi and Blakeman to ref the AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl, where they were a combined 14-0 when officiating Denver games. Bad Look at the minimum. More probable than not outright cheating.

  62. wfi801 says: Mar 20, 2016 3:57 PM

    regassert6 says:
    Mar 20, 2016 2:49 PM

    Yes all jobs have rules, but would you like it if Logistics made up the SOP’s for the accounting department? That’s sort of what he’s saying here. He’s not lashing out at the existence of rules.

    Agreed and of course like in hockey the refs will get the one who retaliates so look for a lot of baiting going on and more stoppages while the confused officials huddle more than the offense.

  63. j huber says: Mar 20, 2016 3:58 PM

    Anybody who has even watched a little football knows that the zebras inject their bias in officiating, so their favorite wins. If you don’t believe this, just watch the next time a DE gets within a country mile of Brady. You could bet your last dollar, and end up being rich!!!

    Even your chief officiating folks can’t agree among them-selves on any given play.Ref on field says one thing, other in NY says something different.

    Most folks in NFL can’t agree on what is a catch, and what is not. This includes, coaches, players, trainers, and the
    officials in NY booth.

    And on top of this, old carrot top wants to start throwing people out of game for two fouls.

    I sure hope they take all of his power away,since he doesn’t have an original thought in his empty head.

  64. JSpicoli says: Mar 20, 2016 3:59 PM

    Sherman is one of the smartest people in the NFL.

  65. bondlake says: Mar 20, 2016 4:00 PM

    Play football, Sherman, and shut your mouth!

  66. ekimo1313 says: Mar 20, 2016 4:04 PM

    This coming from the most arrogant, conceited player in football. This mouth never stops spouting garbage. Maybe Goodell is wrong, but he does not need egotistical jerks spouting off every two seconds. Besides being a jerk, Sherman is one of the dirtiest players in the NFL. If the rule was enacted, HE would be the first one ejected.

  67. male101 says: Mar 20, 2016 4:05 PM

    Goodell represents the owners not the players.

  68. 75rockrasin says: Mar 20, 2016 4:07 PM

    Poor Richard, too stupid to know that most of the “suits”have in fact played football.
    And the rules committee is made up of former players.

    As for Roger, well yes he did play football. And it doesn’t take a former player to know that when you act like a jerk on the field, you should be kicked off it.

    There now Sherm, don’t you look like the fool..

  69. ebdug says: Mar 20, 2016 4:15 PM

    People – players, fans, journalists – know that the Goodell regime is incapable of making a good football rule. It doesn’t do any good to point it out.

    The owners are too busy counting their money to lift their heads to check out the state of the game.

  70. reprob8 says: Mar 20, 2016 4:15 PM

    Unfortunately, Goodell, his lap-dogs & all his bad rulings/rules will be around after Sherman and many current players are gone.

  71. liftheavyorliftheavy says: Mar 20, 2016 4:19 PM

    jimnaizeeum says:
    Mar 20, 2016 3:23 PM
    arwiv says:
    Sherman is a Stanford guy…you may not like him but he’s certainly no idiot.

    Think he geats into Stanford without football, you know…like the smart kids?

    ——-

    Well he was salutatorian of his high school class and scored 1400 (out of 1600) on the SAT so he IS one of the “smart kids”.

    Try Google.

  72. foolsgoldstandard says: Mar 20, 2016 4:20 PM

    Says one of the dirtiest players in the game. No surprise there.

  73. r502 says: Mar 20, 2016 4:20 PM

    Dicky the heel

  74. Regassert6 says: Mar 20, 2016 4:24 PM

    I can’t stand when people invoke the “at my job” theorem. We don’t live in the same world as these guys; for better or for worse.

    When someone pays $1,000’s of dollars to watch you do your job and when TV networks pay $100’s of millions to broadcast you doing your job you would indeed begin to be able to do some of these things at your job…..

  75. huh6016 says: Mar 20, 2016 4:29 PM

    The more unclear the rules are – the more delays – the more commercials the NFL can sell – they forgot one thing – the more delays/”confusion” the more we fans get tired of the NFL style game… It used to be fun….

  76. TacomaHawk says: Mar 20, 2016 4:29 PM

    Typical PFT poster:

    “Richard Sherman should just shut his mouth and play”

    Oh, so more like Marshawn Lynch?

    “No, the league should fine the snot out of that guy, and MAKE him talk”

    So, say a lot without saying anything? Like Belichick?

    “No, I hate that cheater too!”

  77. fufuni03 says: Mar 20, 2016 4:39 PM

    If you have already been called twice for unsportmanlike conduct, you’re going out of control and the 3rd call is coming. Recall the Beckham fiasco (another player whose big mouth and behavior are a big part of their game). Its for the player’s own safety. No matter what you need to tell yourself to get up for a game, you are not gladiators fighting lions out there.

  78. cornerstone2001 says: Mar 20, 2016 4:44 PM

    Just one more example of the current victim society that has no accountability…..

    The Land of Enititlement

  79. vikingf0rlife says: Mar 20, 2016 4:44 PM

    Sherman’s “Foolish” behavior after a game shows he knows nothing about sportsmanship and is a complete disgrace!

  80. edenprairieballer says: Mar 20, 2016 4:44 PM

    Richard Sherman is once again displaying his ignorance. Because someone didn’t play in the NFL they can’t operate the business? He needs to worry about his declining play and not about Goodell.

  81. sports316 says: Mar 20, 2016 4:44 PM

    Whether you like Richard Sherman or not, is not the question or the point of this piece. The point is, no one else in the NFL has the guts to call out Roger Goodell, the Competition Committee, or the Owners for what many players consider to be ignorant and unnecessary changes that are being made to a game that used to be great. The fact is, the players should have much more say in the changes of rules and procedures, as they are the ones on the field playing every week. The Owners are rich and arrogant idiots who believe they know what is best for the NFL and Roger Goodell is an incompetent moron who has far too much power for his own good. If I were the players and the NFLPA, I would go on strike until all of these changes are rescinded and Roger Goodell is fired. There needs to be many changes, starting with those. And for those calling Richard Sherman stupid, google him, he is smarter then most of you that are posting trash about him. Yes he may be a player that plays with arrogance and total abandon, but the only reason you hate on him, is because you are jealous he is rich and famous. He has a right to speak his mind just like all of you do.

  82. thereyougo2 says: Mar 20, 2016 4:47 PM

    Richard Sherman is a loudmouth with something to say. What’s the big deal? Besides, he’s right and an all pro player.

    I also agree with the comment about players playing for a flag. They should be penalized.

  83. sonnyboychris says: Mar 20, 2016 4:51 PM

    If your child is truly impacted by what they see on the football field, you’ve failed as a parent. If an altercation on Sunday and unravel everything you’ve instilled in them, the fault doesn’t fall on the players. It doesn’t belong to the child. The fault is on you, the parent.

  84. letsberealpeople says: Mar 20, 2016 5:00 PM

    Tha majority of the NFL Conpetition Committee DID play in the NFL. It’s worth editing this article to remind fans of that – and maybe send Sherman a text so he doesn’t sound like such an uneducated whiner next time he expresses his opinion.

  85. steves11 says: Mar 20, 2016 5:01 PM

    While I can understand Richard Sherman’s viewpoint, the fact is that “guys in suits” who never played the game on a professional level will continue to make the rules. That’s just how it is. If Sherman wants to change that, perhaps he should lobby for Peyton Manning to be the next NFL Commissioner.

  86. zillabeast says: Mar 20, 2016 5:07 PM

    Thanks a lot, Vontaze.

  87. wolverineinnc says: Mar 20, 2016 5:10 PM

    First time I’ve EVER agreed with Richard Sherman, and probably the last, but he’s right this time…. Only one owner has ever played in the NFL either, right? Panthers’ owner? Suits and rich businessmen run the NFL, and it shows! Can’t even figure how what a catch is. Geesh!

  88. idealisticapathetic says: Mar 20, 2016 5:10 PM

    Goodell’s name needlessly added to the article title to drum up hate.

  89. orivar says: Mar 20, 2016 5:12 PM

    golforepar says:
    Mar 20, 2016 2:44 PM

    Sherman is just a mouth. Shut it or just get another job. All jobs have rules!

    And they aren’t always good ones.

  90. beachsidejames says: Mar 20, 2016 5:14 PM

    A few games got out of hand last year. Giants/Carolina was one and the Bengals playoff game comes to mind. So something there needs to happen.

  91. tardisjockey says: Mar 20, 2016 5:18 PM

    LOL to all the people praising Sherman’s brilliance for “fighting the man” on this issue. Again, all rules have to go through the competition committee, which includes former players Mark Murphy, Ozzie Newsome and Jeff Fisher as well as head coaches like Mike Tomlinson and Marvin Lewis. They all have intimate knowledge of what it is like on the field. I would assume that if they all agree that controlling repeated personal fouls of the type being talked about is a good thing for player safety, it probably has some merit.

    And really, the players and the NFLPA should have say on the game rules? Sure, let the lunatics run the asylum.They can beat the hell out of each other all they want and then sue for the league not protecting them.

  92. Packernet says: Mar 20, 2016 5:21 PM

    Since Goodell is not the proposer of the rule Sherman is an idiot. Complain about the competition committee if you want, but it has nothing to do with the commish.

  93. raider8er says: Mar 20, 2016 5:22 PM

    Sherman is the best. He is a great voice for the players.

  94. boogerhut says: Mar 20, 2016 5:24 PM

    margoadams says:
    Mar 20, 2016 2:44 PM
    Ejections should be negotiated with the NFLPA not arbiltrarilly decided by Goodell or the owners. Unfair labor practices

    There’s a reason why they have a players union and a CBA. It’s specifically done so that every single itty bitty detail doesn’t require a vote. It’s beneficial to both sides. When did anyone with your attitude ever work under contract? The new gimme gimme generation is in for a rude awakening.

  95. sportsknowledge says: Mar 20, 2016 5:26 PM

    Sounds good to me. Getting one is bad enough. This nerd thinks 2 is ok?

  96. ipdaily69 says: Mar 20, 2016 5:29 PM

    Fi…….er…..Rah……jer
    Clap clap……..clap clap clap

  97. omeimontis says: Mar 20, 2016 5:29 PM

    Richard Charmin benefited from Goodell’s failure to instruct referees to enforce the existing defensive holding rule in 2013. the Sea Squawks mugged receivers on the way to a Super Bowl win against Denver. Not a single defensive holding penalty was called for the entire SB game. He himself benefited personally with a huge contract extension. He is criticizing Goodell to cover up the cozy relationship between the Squawks and the Commish.

  98. goodmojo1 says: Mar 20, 2016 5:31 PM

    There should be some distinctions made between personal fouls that occur in the midst of hard play, and personal conduct fouls.

    The former should be penalized with less severity than the latter.

    When a short QB (like Drew Brees) ducks into a pass rusher and basically initiates helmet to helmet contact with a player that has already gone below his shoulders should not be treated the same as and actual intentional face mask grab. For that matter, any intentional misconduct should be cause for immediate ejection.

    Legally hitting a player as hard as you can should be enough to get your job done and your message across.

    Burfict consciously or unconsciously, has cultivated a reputation as a dirty player and a “head case”. Now he gets extra scrutiny and no wiggle room. He doesn’t deserve my sympathy.

  99. nhpats says: Mar 20, 2016 5:34 PM

    haterade999 says:
    Mar 20, 2016 2:59 PM
    About time a player stood up to the suits above them. Most everyone out there has to deal with management that has never actually done the job. I hope this catches on.

    ————–
    Brady stood up to him and all you #Haters did was whine…. Goodell is as corrupt, incompetent and biased as they come.

  100. ahs2 says: Mar 20, 2016 5:37 PM

    Apparently the Stanford grad doesn’t understand that if it weren’t for “suits”, he wouldn’t make the absurd amount of money that he does as their expertise is business, not running around a patch of grass playing a game…

  101. jeanoroid says: Mar 20, 2016 5:44 PM

    the NFL isnt consistent in what qualifies a penalty.
    Team A gets penalized all game long while Team B. pulls all the same nonsense and gets no penalties..
    Sort that first – then address ejection rules as such.
    As it stands – the proposal will simply result in more ways to enforce favoritism..

  102. youdrivemenutseagles says: Mar 20, 2016 5:45 PM

    This is one time I agree with you Richard

  103. youknowiknowitall says: Mar 20, 2016 5:49 PM

    Not sure I agree with Sherman, but seeing “Goodell” and “foolish” in the same sentence comes as no surprise.

  104. cwwgk says: Mar 20, 2016 5:54 PM

    “Because you’ve got a bunch of suits doing it,” Sherman answered. “You’ve got a bunch of guys who never played. They’ve probably touched a football to hold it out or to shake someone’s hand and take a picture but they’ve never played the game.”

    Well, it’s those suits who negotiate the TV contracts, negotiate corporate sponsorships, lobby the federal and state governments to secure those ridiculous stadium deals stadium deals, and constantly work on how to maximize profit. Profit that puts millions of dollars goes into the pockets of players like Richard Sherman.

    Goodell and the suits might not be good enough to play in the NFL, but Sherman and his colleagues would run the league into the ground if they were in charge of running it.

    The players need to get some perspective.

  105. corky2141 says: Mar 20, 2016 5:58 PM

    It should be for Unsportsmanlike Conduct – not all personal fouls. A grabbing the facemask personal foul should not carry the same weight as an after the play, rip off helmet, scuffle or blatant targeting with the crown/ head to head (like Burfict).
    Also, does the Sherminator know his beloved Pete Carroll didn’t play past college? Nor did his defensive backs coach. And his unions fearless leader never touched a ball, but DeSmith makes a lot of calls about football. Being such a well educated Stanford man, you think he’d know these things or at least know that bringing up such things like this tends to make him sound stupid & uneducated. But I am sure a Stanford man like he knew this, he was just making his point.

  106. lemdawg says: Mar 20, 2016 5:59 PM

    I thought Sherman went to Stanford – don’t you have to be smart to go there? The players complain the NFL doesn’t do enough about player safety, yet it’s ok with them if some idiot player like Burfict goes running all over the field headhunting? So Goodell wants to implement a rule where players who are dirty can get ejected to protect the players, and Sherman says he doesn’t know what he’s doing? Goodell hasn’t always made good decisions, but he’s made the NFL the most popular sport in America, and these unappreciative players are millionaires because of him. Maybe guys like Sherman should say “thank you” and go do their job.

  107. ramfanmatt says: Mar 20, 2016 6:04 PM

    Players need to go on strike and get some power out of Goodell’s and the owners hands. Every other sport has guaranteed contracts, not sure why they players allow the owners to have all the upper hand that they do. They need a suspension board. Goodell’s is ruining a great game.

  108. fanboyarmy says: Mar 20, 2016 6:15 PM

    Sherman clearly doesn’t understand that Goodell is a puppet/tool of the 32 NFL owners and he does exactly what the majority of them require to do. All this HATE for Goodell is comically misplaced!!

  109. cakesw says: Mar 20, 2016 6:28 PM

    Sherman has room to talk…

    He is arguing about personal fouls…

    And the proposed rule is for unsportsmanlike conduct.

    And yes…if you get to unsportsmanlike penalties in a game, you should be ejected.

  110. cupofjoe1962 says: Mar 20, 2016 6:35 PM

    Goodell needs to to for the #integrity of the league.

  111. rootpain says: Mar 20, 2016 6:43 PM

    There are a few times in the year when someone deserves to be ejected immediately. Aqib Talib face mask in the superbowl was one of those incidents. He should not be given a second choice for something like that. And right now he is just laughing at everyone and would do it again if he thought it would save a touchdown. Same for his eye poking thing. No 2nd chance deserved for those. Throw him out immediately and suspend him 2 games after a review.

  112. shaggytoodle says: Mar 20, 2016 6:54 PM

    nhpats says:
    Mar 20, 2016 5:34 PM

    Brady stood up to him and all you #Haters did was whine…. Goodell is as corrupt, incompetent and biased as they come.
    ___________________

    Brady who plays for a team that has bent and flat out broken rules… isn’t really a person people care to rally behind…

    Just remember that Goodell probably did a solid for NE when he destroyed those tapes… otherwords that legacy would probably be more tarnished than it all ready is..

  113. bigjdve says: Mar 20, 2016 6:59 PM

    Sherman is a mouth, however he is pointing his anger in the wrong place.

    1. Goodell’s primary purpose is to make money for the league.

    2. His secondary purpose is to be the representative for the owners.

    3. If Sherman doesn’t agree with a rule maybe he should tell some of the players to shut it and stop making stupid mistakes. I say this because any mistake is magnified by the media because it sells stories and generates conversation. After the media puts it out, the fans show their outrage and their moral indignation.

    4. The league is then expected to act. And it does, typically following what the majority of people want to see. Didn’t they say this rule would’ve have only affected 2 players all year, and the consensus was that they should’ve been ejected anyway?

    5. If Sherman and the players want to keep making money, the should pay attention to what Goodell is doing as he keeps making them money as well. If the league doesn’t make money then they don’t either.

    6. The league and owners don’t want to make the league safer, the more violent the more money they make. However, if the players are suing them later because – oh my god they got hurt, then the owners will effect changes to protect themselves and their investments.

    In these scenarios, Sherman might not like the rule but he should be blaming someone other than the commish.

  114. TheBrownsareClowns says: Mar 20, 2016 7:03 PM

    The Problem with the officials and the NFL & Goodell is that there are different rules for everyone and they make up things as they go.

    Beckham is one of my favorite players in the NFL and so is Sherman.

    Are you trying to tell me if that wasnt the Patriots v Jets fighting on the field, the Patriots player wouldnt have been ejected for fighting on the field? Refs selectively and Goodell selectively enforces and Blandino selectively enforce the rules.

  115. roadtrip3500 says: Mar 20, 2016 7:12 PM

    Gee, I guess it didn’t occur to Sherman or a lot of the commenters here that GOODELL DIDN’T MAKE THE RULE. This is a proposal from the Competition Committee, which is made up of owners, GMs, and coaches – some of whom indeed played the game. Ozzie Newsome is on the committee; I think his Canton yellow jacket gives him the credentials that Sherman thinks don’t exist.

    Blaming Goodell for everything you don’t like when he had little or nothing to do with the proposal is just biased scapegoating.

  116. conormacleod says: Mar 20, 2016 7:24 PM

    I haven’t read the report. Exactly how many players would have been ejected this last season under this rule? I’m guessing not many. But Sherman probably doesn’t know either, and just shot off his mouth again.

  117. fmckenney says: Mar 20, 2016 7:25 PM

    Poor haters…caught between Sherman and Goodell…What to do, oh my what to do. Losers.

  118. xballhawkx says: Mar 20, 2016 7:26 PM

    This is about safety. All jobs have safety rules. All personal fouls are called for dangerous actions on the field so if a player puts his peers in danger more than once then he needs to be removed. Emotions or not. I’m an emotional person too and I have to keep that in check in the work place. Its called being a professional.

  119. conormacleodisloosebutthole says: Mar 20, 2016 7:28 PM

    Yes Sherman went to Stanford. This in itself does not guarantee intelligence. I think overall he is a smart individual who has overvalued himself and his opinion. This can happen to anyone. Your ego gets stroked a few times too many and bang: suddenly you feel like your opinion always matters to everyone. Goodell’s opinion matters because he is in control and will remain their as long as he is successful to his employers. He is successful based on the bottom line: money.

    As someone else said the competition committee put forth the rule not Goodell. Sometimes I wonder if Sherman and other players realize how insignificant their opinions are once they can’t play anymore. It is a short career and the NFL will continue on without them.

  120. dsheik says: Mar 20, 2016 7:30 PM

    Meh……….I dont know. I dont necessarily like this rule, but I dont have a problem with it either. You still get one Free pass every game to do whatever “unsportsmanlike” it is you want to do. This just makes players have to pick and choose their battles better when they want to use their one free unsportsmanlike penalty before being ejected for the 2nd.

    This shouldnt be an issue for most players.

  121. michaele11111 says: Mar 20, 2016 7:50 PM

    margoadams says:
    Mar 20, 2016 2:44 PM
    Ejections should be negotiated with the NFLPA not arbiltrarilly decided by Goodell or the owners. Unfair labor practices.
    ———————————————————-

    I guess you missed the part where the players agreed to everything in the CBA and are contractually bound to honor that agreement. If they don’t like it, they can go get real jobs.

  122. themikegun says: Mar 20, 2016 7:59 PM

    The more Sherman rips Goodell, the more he begins to make sense.

  123. campcouch says: Mar 20, 2016 8:00 PM

    Well, I guess you shouldn’t get TWO penalties in one game. Simple.

  124. evilmajortom says: Mar 20, 2016 8:07 PM

    Call me a cynic but this will be a new way for the league to swing games in a manner that will generate the most revenue. With that said, it probably is a good rule. I just don’t think it will be fairly applied.

  125. the8man says: Mar 20, 2016 8:20 PM

    Has there ever been a commissioner so maligned by the players, media and fans as the one the NFL has now?

    I don’t know. I’m really asking here.

  126. eddiea25 says: Mar 20, 2016 8:24 PM

    Everyone knows that Roger is just a wind up play toy for 32 wealthy Republicans.

  127. glisic says: Mar 20, 2016 8:25 PM

    I’m not commenting this particular rule, but, someone should tell this bozo that suits made this game profitable and without suits he would have ordinary minimum pay job. Thanks to suits he is a millionaire.

  128. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Mar 20, 2016 8:30 PM

    Right on Mr Sherman. I’m sure you know Patriot nation has felt this way for a while. Keep up the good work.

  129. beastsportsnetwork says: Mar 20, 2016 8:33 PM

    Gotta order me a Sherman jersey. Any enemy of Goofdell is a friend of mine.

  130. riverhorsey says: Mar 20, 2016 8:38 PM

    Players should be ejected when they they think they’re above the law. Everyone has seen the dirty players who think they can get away with the cheap shots.

    Law dog rules and everyone better remember it whether it’s football or life.

    Sherman obv couldn’t walk in another mans shoes. He doesn’t have that capacity. All people need to understand that everyone has their story. Just because Godell was born with a silver spoon doesn’t mean he can’t spot a cheap shot.

    The league and sports in general have an ugly side that needs to be weeded out. To many gangster types that need to go regardless of what color they are.

    Players take advantage of the rules and if they can get away with a face mask or tripping or late hits they will do it. The intimidation factor needs to be legal and not how many cheap shops you can get away with.

  131. rukkus1 says: Mar 20, 2016 8:41 PM

    bigbluefandom says:Mar 20, 2016 3:22 PM

    margoadams says:
    Mar 20, 2016 2:44 PM
    Ejections should be negotiated with the NFLPA not arbiltrarilly decided by Goodell or the owners. Unfair labor practices.

    Does your employer negotiate with you what the rules are at work? NO! Dumb thing to say. NFL can make what ever rule as long as they are not physically harmful to players. At the end of the day, players are HIGHLY PAID employees but still bound by workplace rules
    .
    .
    .

    Actually in most collective bargaining agreements, it is management’s right to manage or mismanage how they see fit… however that language is always going to be bound to the terms of the contract itself. Meaning management can’t go and arbitrarily make rules up as they go. There’s actually federal laws against these types of thing backed by the National Labor Relations Act

  132. Heath Dill says: Mar 20, 2016 8:46 PM

    Players, the law, middle school science… there’s a long list of stuff this airbag doesn’t understand.

  133. ejmat2 says: Mar 20, 2016 8:49 PM

    There are two sides to this story. Neither of which are wrong. Goodell, who I despise, has a point because former players are suing the NFL for head injuries and so forth. Sherman makes a great point as well and it’s difficult to take your emotions out of the game and very easy for refs to make mistakes (as we all know) and call bogus personal fouls.

    In my opinion, if they are going to make this type of rule the decision for ejection needs to come from the league office. If there’s a second personal foul called on a player both plays should then have to be reviewed to ensure the calls were both correct.

  134. bocabob12 says: Mar 20, 2016 9:28 PM

    Richard just said it how it is….why do posters have to write so much.. probably in life, they like the sound of their own voice. Most likely they are single, divorced, not many friends, drink and have no life…. This is a blog…. If you cant state in in 2-3 sentences, then don’t. My father always said, that you have 2 ears and one mouth… so you can listen twice as much as you talk.

  135. nhpats says: Mar 20, 2016 9:38 PM

    shaggytoodle says:
    Mar 20, 2016 6:54 PM
    nhpats says:
    Mar 20, 2016 5:34 PM

    Brady stood up to him and all you #Haters did was whine…. Goodell is as corrupt, incompetent and biased as they come.
    ___________________

    Brady who plays for a team that has bent and flat out broken rules… isn’t really a person people care to rally behind…

    Just remember that Goodell probably did a solid for NE when he destroyed those tapes… otherwords that legacy would probably be more tarnished than it all ready is..

    ———-
    That is a complete crock….. The NFL played the tapes and half the stuff on it was film of cheerleaders. You do realize that taping signals was not and is still not illegal right? The only penalty was for the position the taping occurred on the field. There has never been such a big deal made about absolutely nothing…..well until deflategate that is. In that case the NFL didn’t even prove an infraction was committed.

  136. kissmysandwich says: Mar 20, 2016 10:07 PM

    Richard Sherman’s reaction shows he doesn’t understand that Goodell is employed by the owners, not the players.

  137. gianthater says: Mar 20, 2016 10:29 PM

    Good for you Sherman, Goodell and the suits have done nothing but make the game less physical than the lingire league. How sad what the NFL is becoming. Oh, how I miss the NFL, when they played football.

  138. atljetsfan says: Mar 20, 2016 10:37 PM

    Sherman talked his way into getting paid and haven’t done much since but talk

  139. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Mar 20, 2016 11:08 PM

    That video of Sherman in the SB after Malcom Butler picked off Russell Wilson was priceless.

  140. skinsdiehard says: Mar 20, 2016 11:48 PM

    I don’t agree with Sherman at all. You didn’t have to play in order to see what a personal foul is. Besides, the field officials will be making the call and the ejection. Goodell is not calling it for 32 games each week unless he’s figured out how to be in 16 cities at once. Sherman just wants to be a dissenting voice for the sake it. So annoying.

  141. skinsdiehard says: Mar 20, 2016 11:50 PM

    …oops….for 16 games each week,,,,

  142. vikinganswer says: Mar 21, 2016 12:25 AM

    That headline just shows that the commissioner is fighting an uphill battle with cleaning up this league and protecting it from all the lawsuits.

  143. realdealsteel says: Mar 21, 2016 12:42 AM

    Sherman is exactly right. You’ve got the wrong guys making decisions on what a catch is or isn’t.

    If I buy the local barbershop, I bought it to make money. But do you want me cutting your hair? Or do you want me making decisions on your hair styles?

    Exactly.

  144. dougy1970 says: Mar 21, 2016 1:14 AM

    Lincoln never fought in a war so he shouldn’t instruct the generals. John Madden never played in the NFL so he shouldn’t coach the players. Steven Spielberg never acted in a movie so he shouldn’t instruct actors. Howard Cosell never played a game so he shouldn’t provide commentary. Shelby Foote never saw a Civil War battle so he shouldn’t write about it. Steve James isn’t a black kid growing up in Chicago so he shouldn’t make Hoop Dreams.

    Even by today’s low standards of sportsmanship, Sherman is the worst.

  145. pleasefiregoodell says: Mar 21, 2016 3:22 AM

    I wonder if the players can’t stand goodell more than us fans.

    That would be a fun competition.

    Who can’t stand goodell the most.

    All of a sudden I like Sherman just a little.

  146. lflib69 says: Mar 21, 2016 4:22 AM

    It may be a foolish rule to you Sherman but at least players like Talib can’t make unnecessary hits (admittedly) to stop a possible game winning play. Maybe if they know they will get thrown out for that BS they’ll think twice.

  147. cavington says: Mar 21, 2016 4:37 AM

    It shouldn’t be two personal fouls and ejection. There should be a flagrant to it, like the NBA has. Each foul is different and should be treated as such.

  148. gooseusaf1 says: Mar 21, 2016 6:03 AM

    Would have made an interesting Superbowl if Talib had been ejected for his two early on

  149. uglydingo says: Mar 21, 2016 6:38 AM

    Richard Sherman is right again. However, Commissioner Goodell is paid $44M a year by the owners to make them a lot more. He hugs the players when they get drafted, he isn’t paid to understand them.

  150. yizudien says: Mar 21, 2016 6:41 AM

    I think something like this is fair, it also shows that Sherman doesn’t understand the bigger picture.

    First a personal foul gives up a large amount of yardage for something that isn’t needed. The majority of these fouls are not even close to be negotiated and tend to speak more or poor decision making on the player, or a coach not having control over the players.

    Second in order for the NFL to succeed 20 years from now operating at a profit, the new crop of players that are currently watching the game need to look up to players that play a clean game. With all the dangers coming out and law suits the NFL is losing they need to clean the game up a bit to keep parents enrolling kids in the sport. I don’t think anyone wants to see their 10 year old play a game like Suh plays.

  151. jkossrt says: Mar 21, 2016 7:05 AM

    Richard Sherman is the foolish one here. Ejections are not for personal fouls. They are for unsportsmanlike conduct, which should not be happening anyway.

  152. sidepull says: Mar 21, 2016 7:19 AM

    More rules.

    More controversy when some teams player gets ejected wrongly. And it will happen.

    Fire the suit.

  153. kev86 says: Mar 21, 2016 7:22 AM

    Can’t let the inmates run the asylum.

  154. tonebones says: Mar 21, 2016 7:23 AM

    Judges who have never robbed a bank shouldn’t be allowed to throw bank robbers in jail.

  155. 1historian says: Mar 21, 2016 7:23 AM

    I’m not a Sherman fan but the guy has a good point.

  156. 1historian says: Mar 21, 2016 7:24 AM

    I’m not a Sherman fan but the guy has a good point.

    How long until he gets fined?

  157. jambon45 says: Mar 21, 2016 7:37 AM

    An ejection for two personal fouls, whatever it may be, would be foolish. An ejection for two unsportsmanlike conduct would be a good way to go.

  158. eaglesw00t says: Mar 21, 2016 7:43 AM

    Last I checked, Troy Vincent is one of those “suits”. Never in his career did Troy Vincent get 2 personal fouls in one game.

    Troy is twice the person that Sherman is, and damn near just as good a corner.

  159. greenmtnboy31 says: Mar 21, 2016 7:49 AM

    Richard, Richard, Richard, you mad bro?

  160. pastabelly says: Mar 21, 2016 7:57 AM

    golforepar says:
    Mar 20, 2016 2:44 PM
    Sherman is just a mouth. Shut it or just get another job. All jobs have rules!
    ========================================
    Richard Sherman is one of the most intelligent players in the NFL. He’s a Stanford grad and probably would have gotten into that school without football. While he is outspoken, he’s a leader and well respected. You would have even more respect for him when you consider he grew up in poverty. Everything he does and says is calculated and disrespecting him makes no sense.

  161. mymanotis says: Mar 21, 2016 8:17 AM

    Sherman always wants it both ways. At times he acts, sounds and looks like a street punk, but then he thinks he can flip the switch and point to his fancy education and high IQ and he should be heard.

    This smart guy should quit acting like a punk and then his words will mean more…

  162. saint9904 says: Mar 21, 2016 8:19 AM

    The ejections will be for “unsportsmanlike” penalties not personal fouls so hitting a QB high or grabbing a facemask does not come into play unless it egregious enough to be demeaned outside the bounds of normal play. The rule is meant as a way to remove players from a game that have lost control of their emotions (Burfict, Odell, Haynesworth, etc).

  163. annes22 says: Mar 21, 2016 8:47 AM

    Richard Sherman needs to keep his mouth shut, everytime he opens it rubbish comes out. If it wasn’t for the owners, there wouldn’t be any NFL football. Just play by the rules, and get over it. If you don’t like it it’s too bad, because you make too much money playing anyway. Millions and millions goes to these players, and look how some of them behave, both on and off the field.

  164. throwingstones20 says: Mar 21, 2016 8:59 AM

    I really don’t see what the big deal is, if you get 2 unsportsmanlike penalties in a game you get thrown out. Doesn’t seem that unreasonable to me.

    Goodell may be a buffoon but this rule isn’t horrible and all the owners agree with it as well.

  165. TheDPR says: Mar 21, 2016 9:17 AM

    Do a penalty box like hockey. After certain fouls make the team go with 10 guys for a down or two. If you’re going to completely change the game, may as well completely change it.

  166. RegisHawk says: Mar 21, 2016 9:20 AM

    Already covered this. If you make this a rule, you create a fall guy for each team whose sole purpose is to draw personal fouls to get a player ejected.

  167. silverhat78 says: Mar 21, 2016 9:20 AM

    The constant changes to the already established rules are not needed. I’m for evolving the sport but some rules are not needing changes. Just tell the refs to consider ejections more often.

    Or is the NFL just to big to fail? We shall see.

  168. eaglesw00t says: Mar 21, 2016 9:27 AM

    pastabelly says:
    Mar 21, 2016 7:57 AM

    golforepar says:
    Mar 20, 2016 2:44 PM
    Sherman is just a mouth. Shut it or just get another job. All jobs have rules!
    ========================================
    Richard Sherman is one of the most intelligent players in the NFL. He’s a Stanford grad and probably would have gotten into that school without football. While he is outspoken, he’s a leader and well respected. You would have even more respect for him when you consider he grew up in poverty. Everything he does and says is calculated and disrespecting him makes no sense.

    ——————————–

    He had a 2.6 GPA in high school. What student with a 2.6 GPA gets into Stanford on academic ability alone? Not Sherman.

  169. thudspeth says: Mar 21, 2016 9:35 AM

    I’m not a Sherman fan but he is 90% spot on.

  170. fofrenchy says: Mar 21, 2016 9:50 AM

    They are both wonderful at their jobs. They both enrich themselves and the people they work for with their very unique skills. And they do this while seemingly annoying just about everyone who pays the bills, and pays more every single year.

    That is a truly incredible feat.

  171. se7in2015 says: Mar 21, 2016 9:51 AM

    The fact that Richard Sherman is so vocal against this rule just shows that he knows nothing of sportsmanship. Richard Sherman is probably one of the most unsportsmanlike players in this league. You’re paid millions of dollars to play a child’s game at an adult level. If you can’t carry yourself like a man and treat your fellow players with dignity and respect, then you deserve to be ejected from the game. We’re not talking about personal fouls here like everyone seems to think. We are talking about UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT. If I had my way it would be an automatic ejection for one instance, I think a second chance is being too lenient. Sherman is just mad because it means he can’t disrespect other players anymore.

  172. se7in2015 says: Mar 21, 2016 9:52 AM

    “cavington says:
    Mar 21, 2016 4:37 AM

    It shouldn’t be two personal fouls and ejection. There should be a flagrant to it, like the NBA has. Each foul is different and should be treated as such.”

    It’s not for 2 personal fouls, it’s for 2 unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.

  173. feckyerlife says: Mar 21, 2016 10:39 AM

    Sherman sounds a little foolish, since this isn’t on a goodell, its on the competition committee

  174. Frum Slum says: Mar 21, 2016 11:13 AM

    No Mr. Sherman is wrong this time. It’s entirely possible for a player to make it through a game without 2 unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.

    He’s trying to argue that it would be a bad rule to kick idiots out of a game who can’t control themselves from those type of ridiculous penalties like we saw with Norman and Beckham?

    Mr. Sherman, have a seat sir.

  175. nwsuccess says: Mar 21, 2016 11:28 AM

    If anyone other than Sherman had made these comments, say, JJ Watt, people wouldn’t be crying about how foolish he is.

  176. nologolover says: Mar 21, 2016 11:38 AM

    According to Mr. Sherman’s own theory, he is not qualified to critique Mr. Goodell’s handling of this situation. Mr. Sherman has never been an attorney, nor has he ever been an administrator of a sports league at any level. Only the less intelligent or narrow minded believe that you must have ‘played the game’ to have credible input.

  177. atepper001 says: Mar 21, 2016 12:11 PM

    enough with blaming goodell for everything. its not goodell’s rule. the competition committee comes up with ideas and submits them to owners for approval. yeah, maybe goodell is over there politicking to do this so that the nfl is more marketable but, guess who wants that… the owners so that the nfl is worth more which means more money in their pockets. get a grip people.

  178. mdsayre says: Mar 21, 2016 2:51 PM

    Dude, can’t believe you publicly said that? You gotta be crazy

  179. varangia says: Mar 22, 2016 2:58 AM

    Act like a human instead of a roided up loon, and you don’t have anything to worry about. I support the rule. I also hope that excessive celebration is considered a personal foul.

  180. aj66shanghai says: Mar 22, 2016 3:29 AM

    For all the liars, a quick search of the internet will tell you that Richard Sherman graduated with a 4.2 GPA, second in his class, in a school district that had a graduation rate of 57%. I am guessing that most people here didn’t do so well, and I am also guessing that most people here grew up in a better neighborhood and went to a better-funded school.

    I got a 2.58 GPA in high school. I didn’t need to get high grades, or play football at a high level, to get to where I wanted to be. He needed to, and he did it. Isn’t that what America is supposed to be all about? Dream big, work hard, enjoy success? Why do so many people hate this guy so much, to the degree that they will outright LIE about him, and his accomplishments?

    I think he probably said something a little more nuanced than “guys that have never played the game have no business making rules for the game” but I don’t care enough about it to see exactly what he said in its entirety. I don’t agree with him here, I think he was probably better off staying silent on this one. But I don’t hate him just because we disagree about something. I still admire and respect him, he has accomplished things in life that I am waaaaaay too lazy to do (and of course I lack the skill to play in the NFL, no matter how hard I work, but I still would not do the work even if I had the skill – lazy). Guys like him show the world what America is all about though, that it doesn’t matter what you look like or where you come from, America rewards hard work with success.

  181. jimmysee says: Mar 22, 2016 8:04 AM

    That’s Mr. Goodell to you, fella.

  182. thejetssuck2001 says: Mar 22, 2016 9:05 AM

    if you collect two flags for what theyre gonna toss you out for, you deserve an ejection. if it was unnecessary roughness or late hit on qb they tossed you for after two flags, then yeah maybe its unfair bc those happen unintentionally, but they wont toss you for two of those. it doesnt count all personal fouls, only the things the players really dont need to do once will get em tossed for doing it twice.

  183. BigAlHeBDMan says: Mar 22, 2016 10:36 AM

    We wouldn’t want football to become like hockey without the sticks, would we?

  184. BayAreaBrownsBacker says: Mar 24, 2016 9:05 AM

    He’s right about the catch rule. The NFL should have addressed this and it’s being completely ignored. The NFL loves it because this rule generates controversy. Goodell doesn’t care about making the game better, he cares about money. It’s also obvious when a player needs to be ejected and Refs have long had the ability to do that but don’t do it nearly enough.

    The real issue that the NFL should address is the Refs age. Things that are so obvious to the common masses seem to befuddle NFL referees.

  185. imodan says: Mar 24, 2016 10:10 AM

    Sherman makes the point Goodell never played in the league so he can’t relate which is fair. However Troy Vincent played a few years and he can’t use the excuse Goodell has built in. Vincent is god awful at his “job” and seriously if he doesn’t suffer from CTE I’d be shocked. Goodell has surrounded himself with what may be the all time worst cast of know nothings to run a professional sports league. Simply put it’s quite embarrassing.

  186. riderspantherssk says: Mar 26, 2016 11:51 AM

    As a seemingly intelligent, well educated person, you would think Richard Sherman would understand why no one involved with football should want players taking cheap shots and lunging head first at each other without significant consequences. This sounds like pure politics, with no actually regard for the worthiness of the policy.

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