Carroll on hour-long meeting with Sherman after tirade: 'He knows that wasn't right'
Richard Sherman yelled at the Seahawks' offensive coordinator for his play calls at the goal line
In the aftermath of Richard Sherman's sideline outburst Thursday night, which was directed at Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell for calling passing plays on the goal line, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll met with Sherman for an hour on Friday.
The main takeaway from that meeting? Carroll still loves Sherman and Sherman, according to Carroll, knows that he shouldn't have yelled at Bevell.
Let's start with that first part. If you thought the incident would tear apart the Seahawks, you were wrong.
"I haven't seen his comments after the game. I just spent an hour with him and we've been through it," Carroll told 710 ESPN Seattle, per 247 Sports. "I love Richard. I just flat out love the dude and I've been with him through so much and watched him grow and do so many unbelievable things."
There was, of course, reason to believe there was tension between the two. After the game, this scene reportedly transpired in the locker room:
Interesting scene post-game in the locker room with Richard Sherman and Pete Carroll pic.twitter.com/Kt0SofkrNz— Kevin Shockey (@KevinShockey) December 16, 2016
After a night to cool off, the two now appear to be all good. According to Carroll, Sherman knows he was wrong to have yelled at his coach.
"It was too bad. It was a distraction to the game and that's not the way it's supposed to go and all that," he said. "I understand it and we've worked through it. He gets it and I'm proud of him, because I know how passionate he is about his world and his life and how it comes out sometimes. And, I love that about him. I love it about him."
And that also makes sense. While Sherman's criticism of Bevell was a legitimate gripe -- after all, the same play-calling method lost them a Super Bowl -- he probably shouldn't have held that argument with Bevell during a nationally televised game.
He also probably shouldn't had said this after the game:
Richard Sherman said he was upset about the Seahawks throwing from the 1-yard line. Didn't back off. "We've already seen that." pic.twitter.com/WLH875lbLX— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) December 16, 2016
Then again, we should all probably remember that sideline arguments happen frequently. And they shouldn't be overblown.
Furthermore, Sherman has always been a player who speaks his mind. Sometimes that involves describing Thursday night games as a "poopfest," sometimes it involves talking about social issues, and sometimes it involves calling Michael Crabtree a "sorry receiver."
The point being, it's important to appreciate players who aren't afraid to say what they really think.
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