Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman held his weekly session with the media today, and among the topics was the NFL’s new emphasis this season on calling illegal contact and defensive holding.
The emphasis did not impact the Seahawks much in the preseason as none of Sherman, Kam Chancellor or Earl Thomas were called for any penalties, and the Seahawks were called for just three illegal contacts, two interferences and no defensive holding.
Sherman said he wasn’t surprised.
“We’ve played the game exactly how we’ve been playing it,” he said. “And the rules continued to be what they were. We didn’t change anything. We were playing by the rules before and we continue to play by the rules. Every now and then you get tangled up and you get hit by illegal contact, and we had a few fluke ones in there. But for the most part I think we try to play within the rules and play within the scheme. We are happy that the emphasis is there because it will give people less excuses.”
Asked a followup if he expects the rules to affect his style of game. Sherman said simply: “Obviously not.”
You can see more of what Sherman had to say in the video below:
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