It's an endlessly fascinating video, and a stark reminder that quarterbacks aren't the only strategists in the NFL. Skip ahead to the 6:50 mark, and you'll see Sherman talking about how he makes a concerted effort to tip balls to his teammates for interceptions when in one-on-one coverage. Sound familiar? That game-winning play from last night was no accident, it was just Richard Sherman being better and smarter than everyone else.


He allows the Seahawks to play a mutant man/zone hybrid

Oh, you want more football talk? Fine. Chris Brown gave the most thorough rundown of what the Seahawks are doing, but here's the bite-sized version: Seattle plays a Cover-3 defense, which means dropping three defensive backs into deep thirds of the field, where they're responsible for any receivers in their area. Typically, this requires defensive backs to sprint backwards into their zones, leaving the underneath soft for easy throws short.


With the Seattle corners, and especially Sherman, though, they are trusted to play tight at the line. They are supposed to recognize if a receiver is going forward with their first step, and if they are, stay with them in tight man right from the line of scrimmage. So you get, effectively, a zone scheme that has man coverage in places where the holes are supposed to go. This will be important against Denver, which likes to run its receivers up the sidelines, where Manning can hit them in stride in the soft spots of zones. Which, god, who doesn't want to see Richard Sherman: Super Bowl MVP?

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