Seahawks' Sherman: Patriots run a 'gimmick' offense


Seahawks' Sherman: Patriots run a 'gimmick' offense

Richard Sherman is going to milk his sudden relevance for everything it's worth, apparently.

Sherman entered the New England consciousness in the third quarter Sunday when he picked off Tom Brady.

He set up shop there after the game ended by tweeting gleefully how he tormented Brady after the game. In the locker room afterward, Sherman gave a quick verbal dissertation of what kind of offenses work in the NFL.

They are running this gimmick, hurry-up stuff. You dont do that in the NFL, Sherman said. Its not effective because there are great defenses out there.

Sherman is 24. He was a fifth-round pick of the Seahawks last season. He went to Stanford. He's from Compton. He won't shut up.

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(Media will) say, Whats wrong? (Brady) threw two picks, Sherman said. Well, he should have thrown five picks. If Earl (Thomas) catches every one, then its a long day for him. People dont understand. Weve got great players out here. Weve got great players in the Pacific Northwest. The Seattle Seahawks have a lot of talent. People, they dont look at the film. They dont analyze anything. Thats why these analysts and commentators need to shut their mouth.
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This being the 43rd regular season loss of Brady's 13-year career, he's heard the spoken word victory laps before. And the fact of it is, there's really nothing one can say. Brady plays with a brashness and swagger that any opponent is going to relish puncturing when the Patriots lose.

So it was that Sherman was able to recount chapter and verse his afternoon with Tom Brady.

I kept saying Im going to get that next time, Sherman said. Every TV timeout, I went up and said it right to him: Please keep trying me. Im going to take it from you. That was when they were winning. He just gave me that look and said, Oh, Ill see you after game. Well, I made sure I saw him after the game.

Yeah, yeah . . . and then what'd you do, Richard?!

The Patriots can "coulda, woulda, shoulda" all day long and point out that the Seahawks were beneficiaries of a tipped ball, a butchered play in the red zone, and some of the Patriots' trademark pass defense.

But, as Sherman points out, Seattle can lament plays not made as well in terms of picks dropped.

Unless the Patriots and Seahawks meet in the Super Bowl, the Sherman Act may not be witnessed again before Tom Brady retires. But it was amusing while it lasted.
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Patriots cut ties with Cassius Marsh, sign Eric Lee to help front-seven


Patriots cut ties with Cassius Marsh, sign Eric Lee to help front-seven

Cassius Marsh was brought to New England to help a depleted defensive end group and play in the kicking game. The Patriots wanted him badly enough that they parted with two draft picks -- a fifth and a seventh -- to acquire him in a trade with the Seahawks just before the start of the season. 

Less than three months later, they've decided to part ways with the 6-foot-4, 245-pounder. 

Marsh played in nine games for the Patriots this season, providing the team with an edge defender and someone with special-teams experience. He blocked a kick in Week 7 against the Falcons that earned him an enthusiastic attaboy from coach Bill Belichick. 

Coming off the edge, Marsh recorded one sack and 13 hurries. Against the run, he was used more sparingly, and he was one of the Patriots on the scene for Marshawn Lynch's 25-yard run in the second quarter on Sunday. He played in just two snaps in Mexico City after missing the previous week's game in Denver due to a shoulder injury. 

Without Marsh the Patriots remain thin at defensive end. In order to help bolster that spot, the corresponding move the Patriots made to fill the open spot on their 53-man roster was to sign defensive lineman Eric Lee off of the Bills practice squad. 

Lee entered the league with the Texans last season as an undrafted rookie out of South Florida. Listed at 6-foot-3, 260 pounds, Lee has bounced on and off of the Bills practice squad this season since being released by the Texans before this season.

The Patriots got a good look at Lee during joint practices last summer with the Texans at The Greenbrier in West Virginia. In the preseason game with the Texans that week, Lee played 40 snaps and according to Pro Football Focus he had two quarterback hurries. The Patriots have a history of snagging players they've practiced against, and with Lee, that trend continues

Belichick takes some heat for 'earthquake' comment


Belichick takes some heat for 'earthquake' comment

Bill Belichick sounded less than enthused about traveling to Mexico to play a game. And his line about being "fortunate there was no volcano eruptions, earthquakes or anything else while we were down there," didn't exactly sit well with some folks south of the border.


“Personally, I wouldn’t be in any big rush to do it again,” Belichick said on his weekly appearance on WEEI's "Dale and Holley with Keefe" show Monday. “Players did a great job dealing with all the challenges that we had to deal with. I think we’re fortunate there was no volcano eruptions, earthquakes or anything else while we were down there. I mean you have two NFL franchises in an area that I don’t know how stable the geological plates that were below us [were], but nothing happened so that was good.”

Pancho Vera of ESPN Mexico took exception to Belichick's comment on Twitter, which, translated, called out the "ignorance of the genius of the NFL." More than 200 people were killed after a quake centered near Mexico City struck in September. 

Other Twitter users said, using Belichick's reasoning, they wondered if they'd be fortunate not to be killed or wounded in a mass shooting if they were to travel to the US:

Translated, the tweets read "I also have luck in Las Vegas I was not in a shooting" and "But you are right, I apply the same when I go to the U.S. and say I was fortunate I was not in some crazy shootout."