Philip Rivers plans to throw in Richard Sherman’s direction

AP

The Packers avoided throwing to Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s side of the field in last Thursday nights loss, choosing to put Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb on the other side and letting Sherman have the left side of the field to himself.

It didn’t work out for the Packers and coach Pete Carroll said after the game that the Seahawks were happy to see teams do that because it gave them a good idea about where the ball was going whenever the ball is in the air. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said that the Chargers won’t be quite as predictable when they face off with the Seahawks this Sunday.

“Well, I certainly understand why [the Packers did that],” Rivers said, via ESPN.com. “[Sherman] is a great corner. But at the same time, I think you have to be smart. It’s not one of the deals that you want to go after him by any means. But our approach is not going to be to completely eliminate [Sherman] and not throw over there any.”

Refusing to allow the defense to dictate your plans for the game is usually a sound strategy, but Rivers would be bucking trends if he has much success throwing anywhere on the field against Seattle this weekend.

57 responses to “Philip Rivers plans to throw in Richard Sherman’s direction

  1. so much hype about a guy that plays zone coverage. He is not even close to being in the same league as Patrick Peterson and Darrell Revis. Those guys are lock down corners.

    Sherman is hyped up because he is so loud and in everyone’s face. I don’t care how many INTs the guy has, he is a zone corner and not worthy of the hype.

    And why does no one ever comment about the guy being scared to tackle? anyone else that watched him in that Packers game saw a guy that would run towards the play then pull up…didn’t see him tackle anyone all game.

  2. You can throw it at Sherman all night long. Heck, you’ll probably get good yardage over there. But he will intercept it if he can. And that is the danger with Sherman. He’ll do his best and you’ll still get your catches, but eventually Sherman is going to haul in one or two passes, maybe even for a pick 6.

  3. Sometimes you have to sacrifice success for the larger picture. The old “keep ’em honest” philosophy dictates that you at least make a few tries in Sherman’s direction or they’ll just overload the left side and you won’t have a chance.

  4. Meanwhile, Stafford will throw it up into the middle of the sky as Megatron leads the entire Panther defense to collide into each other while he then strolls to the ball’s landing zone to retrieve it and dance into the end zone.

  5. Why doesn’t someone put a second strong receiver over there and make him run go routes on every play for the first half to wear him down and then put a starter over there to beat him

  6. Rivers just might surprise PFT experts and make quite a few completions in Sherman’s area of coverage. There are lots of ways to free up receivers on that side.

    As for the Packers, it became clear as the game went on that they do not have the talent in receivers and line blocking to attack Sherman’s side. Nor did their coaching staff have the confidence in the Packer roster to carry out a more sophisticated passing attack. That should tell the Lions and Bears the division is theirs for the taking again.

  7. Danind

    Aaron Rodgers disagrees.

    So funny how people try to downplay Russell Wilson at qb by saying the defense wins his games for him. Then those same people say Sherman who had the most INTs last year sucks. Is earl Thomas shutting down lacy and Rodgers by himself? The system is great but when the guys are outside the zone, Sherman can man cover with the best.

  8. Richard Sherman quote on staying on one-side:

    (On moving around instead of staying at left cornerback) No we don’t do that. Like I said before, that’s a form of disrespect to your other corner. We don’t do the disrespect. We have great players everywhere and you treat them as such. You don’t disrespect your other guy by saying you can’t guard him so I go over there and guard him, that’s a slap in the face.

    BTW, Revis and PP are both staying on one side of the field now.

  9. P. Rivers – 23/35 312 yds 3 td, 1 td rushing

    Baby Wilson – 18/39 267 yds 2 tds 3 int

    35-14 San Diego

    #QUEST4SIX

  10. kidsamoa260 says:
    The same Patrick Peterson and Darell Revis and Joe Haden and Dominique Rogers Cromartie that got burnt for TDs in week 1!
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    This will tend to happen (especially in the modern NFL) when guys are put on an island with star receivers. Good try, though.

  11. Not that the facts matter, but the Packers did not avoid an entire half of the field. They tried to get favorable match-ups by having Seattle’s #1 CB cover their #3 WR.
    They avoided one guy, not an entire area. I think it was a smart plan, but obviously it wasn’t enough.
    As for the idea that Rodgers was “scared,” well of course this was all McCarthy’s idea. I’m sure Rodgers would love to challenge Sherman or anyone else. He didn’t seem especially thrilled with the game plan, judging by his demeanor in the game. But he rarely just sits and sulks about things, unlike some. (CoughCutlerCough)

  12. Sherman picked off passes thrown in his direction at a rate of 13%. No other corner broke double digits.

    The best pass defense in the league played a majority of zone coverage last year. Revis and Peterson struggle in zones coverage.

  13. @ danind, Sherman plays zone and doesn’t like to tackle?? Why don’t you watch a game to get your facts straight and then comment. Did you not see the NFCCG when Sherman was playing man coverage against Crabtree that led to the tip or hundreds of other plays where Sherman is on the defenders hip from the snap of a play till the end?

  14. @kidsamoa260 says:

    The same Patrick Peterson and Darell Revis and Joe Haden and Dominique Rogers Cromartie that got burnt for TDs in week 1!

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    Joe Haden didn’t get burnt. Brown pushed off not once but twice on the play. Even the announcers pointed it out.

  15. Green Bay made a huge mistake by not throwing in Shermans direction. That allowed Seattle to only have to defend half of the field.

    Whoever made the decision to avoid Sherman should be fired.

    Pro players want to be challenged. The good ones want to go up against players like Sherman.

  16. Green Bay really did play scared. It was surprising. And self-fulfilling. If they make it back to the Clink, I doubt they’ll approach it that way again.

  17. kidsamoa260 says:
    Sep 11, 2014 3:29 PM
    The same Patrick Peterson and Darell Revis and Joe Haden and Dominique Rogers Cromartie that got burnt for TDs in week 1!
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    yeah, hard to get burnt for a TD when you aren’t responsible to cover anyone past 15 yards. maybe try and learn something about football before sounding cool.

    Sherman plays zone coverage, he covers the receiver for the first 15 maybe 20 yards and then he ‘passes’ him off to the safety that covers him the rest of way. and oh yeah, Sherman has one of the top (if not top) safeties playing behind him. makes him look really really good too.

    Richard Sherman = Asante Samuel. lots of picks from playing zone…look what happened to Asante when he took the money and left and to actually cover someone and didn’t have a probowl safety behind him. the answer, failed miserably.

    Sherman is a good CB, but lets not act like he is Deion Sanders or Rod Woodson in their primes.

  18. billybone says:
    Sep 11, 2014 4:07 PM
    @ danind, Sherman plays zone and doesn’t like to tackle?? Why don’t you watch a game to get your facts straight and then comment. Did you not see the NFCCG when Sherman was playing man coverage against Crabtree that led to the tip or hundreds of other plays where Sherman is on the defenders hip from the snap of a play till the end?
    ——————-

    Sherman doesn’t like to tackle, that’s a fact. if you are going to argue that then I got nothing for you. apparently you don’t understand zone defense and how things change as you get close to the end zone.

    but go ahead and keep praising Sherman as the greatest thing since sliced bread.

    But its ok, I understand you have just become a fan over the past 18 months and don’t really get the whole football thing yet.

  19. Seattle Fans have to be the worst people on this planet. nothing is more disgusting then watching them at the games.

    They don’t come to cheer their football team. they go to the stadium to cheer being fans. the whole 12th man and everyone in the stadium dressing like clowns is a disgrace. The Seahawks fans (I use that term very lightly) have someone made a game out of being a fan and its just so sad to watch.

  20. kaepernickisthekingofqbs says:
    Sep 11, 2014 3:34 PM
    P. Rivers – 23/35 312 yds 3 td, 1 td rushing

    Baby Wilson – 18/39 267 yds 2 tds 3 int

    35-14 San Diego

    #QUEST4SIX
    ============================
    literally cannot take you serious with a name like that.

  21. kaepernickisthekingofqbs says:
    Sep 11, 2014 3:34 PM

    P. Rivers – 23/35 312 yds 3 td, 1 td rushing

    Baby Wilson – 18/39 267 yds 2 tds 3 int

    35-14 San Diego

    #QUEST4SIX
    _____________________________

    I highly recommend you turn the settings on Madden up from “Rookie” to “Pro”. The game is so much more challenging that way.

  22. danind says:
    Sherman doesn’t like to tackle, that’s a fact. if you are going to argue that then I got nothing for you. apparently you don’t understand zone defense and how things change as you get close to the end zone.

    but go ahead and keep praising Sherman as the greatest thing since sliced bread.

    But its ok, I understand you have just become a fan over the past 18 months and don’t really get the whole football thing yet.
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    Get back on your meds dude. Go to YouTube and you can see all kinds of video of Sherman blowing people up. And playing one side of the field and playing zone are not the same thing, just FYI.

    And funny how the criticism last year was that Sherman held all the time in press man coverage, but now he plays zone all the time and doesn’t cover anybody. Yeah right.

    Unless of course you look at the tape and see him shutting down Megatron, Boldin, Andre Johnson and all the other guys he’s followed all over the field and completely shut down. But I digress.

    Sherman is the best corner in the last 10 years in this league and you can’t stand it because he doesn’t play for your team. He dominates every receiver he faces, and he crushes people in the run game. Seahawk fans just read this crap that spew out and laugh about how much you don’t know about football. Enjoy watching the Re-Pete. WE certainly will.

    Signed, a bandwagoner since 1976.

    PS – 85 straight home sellouts

  23. Sherman is a good CB, but lets not act like he is Deion Sanders or Rod Woodson in their primes.

    Is this the same Deion who said this Seattle defensive backfield is the best in the history of the NFL?

    Huh.

    I guess the other guys must be really, really good.

  24. And yes, Seattle fans come to impact the game.

    It’s why SF brass sent instructions to their fans; trying to get them to emulate the 12.

    But of course they didn’t.

    The problem with all you other teams’ fans is you don’t understand what’s going on.

    Watch a few Seattle home games and learn.

  25. SSDD, say it ain’t so, pats1944 says:Sep 11, 2014 3:27 PM

    Why doesn’t someone put a second strong receiver over there and make him run go routes on every play for the first half to wear him down and then put a starter over there to beat him

    A Pat’s fan with an answer to the wrong question. Supposedly Sherman doesn’t play man to man, just zone, so he doesn’t get “exposed”. You guys should work for the NFL.

  26. Football fans will get a chance to see the best QBs to ever play for NC State.

    The younger guy was on pace to shatter ALL the school records held by he older guy, before the now unemployed coach, sent him packing.

    Rivers’ side arm, slingshot style will get passes knocked down and he’ll have at least 3 ints, as they try to catch up in the second half.

    Wilson is the best QB the ACC has ever produced. (maybe the Big 10 too) OK not named Tom Brady.

  27. Just so nobody doubts Rivers’ talent when compared to Wilson, check out both of their first two years in the league.

    Wins:
    Wilson 24-8
    Rivers 25-7

    Then check out their lifetime ratings. No doubt Wilson is a good young QB, but get back to me in ten years so we can see what his numbers look like then. Rivers has never missed a start and plays on a team he has to carry most of the time. The same is not true of Wilson. The Seahawks could start that Tavaris dude and still be competitive.

    Lifetime ratings:
    Wilson 100.9
    Rivers 95.8

    TD vs INT
    Wilson 54 – 19
    Rivers 222 – 105

    Comp %
    Wilson 63.8
    Rivers 64.4

  28. rayjay9393 says:
    Sep 11, 2014 5:52 PM
    underrated Rivers may steal this game

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    You think being hyped as one of the best quarterbacks in the game season after season and winning come back player of the year last year makes him underrated? If anything, he is the AFC’s Romo.. Great stats but chokes when it counts (I. E. Costly interceptions in playoff games or fumbling that perfect snap last week).. The only reason he isn’t hated on as much as Romo is because Romo plays for one of the most loved and hated organizations in all of sports. When Rivers is stomping his feet and having a tantrum blaming a receiver for that pick he throws to Sherman you can quote him and help remind him how arrogant he was about throwing that way.

  29. Commenting off the bench for the Chargers. . . says: Sep 11, 2014 6:26 PM

    Just so nobody doubts Rivers’ talent when compared to Wilson, check out both of their first two years in the league.

    Wins:
    Wilson 24-8
    Rivers 25-7
    ————————–
    Unless you’re a fantasy knob, the only stat that counts is this one:

    Rivers 0-0
    Wilson 1-1

  30. Sure Rivers may throw one or two short passes in the game for 2 maybe 5 yrd gains, but I doubt seriously he will try to throw deep past Sherman for a pick. Thats showing respect for the best CB in the NFL today

    Go Hawks!!!

  31. I love how the haters say Hawks fans have only been fans for the past 2 years. Pretty funny seeings how the “12th man flag” was “RETIRED” in 1984!!! No other team in all of sports has retired the “FANS NUMBER”!! Keep on hating because we thrive on it!!

  32. hey wasn’t Golden Tate traded because he was found in bed with Russell Wilson? while the best kept secret gay player Richard Sherman filmed them? Seattle must be the gay capital of the NFL.

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