Richard Sherman Claims Seattle Defense Cracked Peyton Manning's Hand-Signal Codes
Richard Sherman revealed in a post-game interview that the Seattle Seahawks managed to neutralize Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos offense on Sunday by learning the QB’s signals.
Richard Sherman Talks Peyton Manning Hand Signals
Manning has long been known for the trickery and deception he employs prior to the snap. Reading the formation of the defense, he’ll call route audibles in ways only his squad can understand – until Sunday night when the Seahawks de-coded some of his hand signals.
“All we did was play situational football. We knew what route concepts they liked on different downs, so we jumped all the routes. Then we figured out the hand signals for a few of the route audibles in the first half,” Sherman told The MMQB. “Me, Earl [Thomas], Kam [Chancellor]… we’re not just three All-Pro players. We’re three All-Pro minds.”
"Now, if Peyton had thrown in some double moves, if he had gone out of character,” Sherman added, “We could’ve been exposed.”
Thankfully for the Seahawks and unfortunately for the Broncos, Peyton didn’t throw in any double moves. At Super Bowl XLVIII, Manning threw two interceptions and just one touchdown pass, which came in the game’s third quarter. Although he broke the record of completed passes thrown by a quarterback in the NFL championship game, Manning wasn’t able to march the Broncos down the field for scoring opportunities.
While Sherman gives credit to the Broncos for playing chess-like offense, he believes his hardest work was in the NFC Championship against the San Francisco 49ers. “The NFC Championship was the Super Bowl,” he suggested. “The 49ers were the second-best team in the NFL.”
The Seahawks, who were able to defeat the 49ers 23-17 in the NFC Championship – in part due to Sherman’s game-clinching tip away in the end zone – beat the Broncos 43-8.
– Chelsea Regan