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Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman Rips Former Giants OC Kevin Gilbride, Calls Him “Bitter”

January 16th, 2014 at 12:59 PM
By Dan Benton

Shortly after Kevin Gilbride announced his retirement from the New York Giants and the National Football League, he made the media rounds, discussing his career, Super Bowl championships and defenses from across the league. And when asked about the Seattle Seahawks' defense and their "Legion of Boom" secondary, which is led by cornerback Richard Sherman, Gilbride offered some praise, but also claimed they've perfected the art of holding and pass interference.

“You just have to prepare [the receivers] to recognize what they’re in for and that is from the moment the game starts until the moment the game ends, guys are going to be up in your face, grabbing you, holding you,” Gilbride told the Wall Street Journal. “If you think they’re going to be called and expect that to be the solution to the problem, you’re going to be sadly mistaken. They’ve perfected the art [of holding].”

Gilbride's comments were nothing that many others hadn't said already this year, but when asked about it earlier in the week, Sherman took exception to the former Giants' offensive coordinator and his statement, asserting that the Seahawks are merely better than anyone else and that's hard to explain away without the accusation of cheating.

“I think he’s a guy that’s a little bit bitter, and his team didn’t score,” Sherman said. “You find a way to explain that to save yourself.”

Sherman, of course, was referencing a 23-0 Week 15 victory over the Giants in which quarterback Eli Manning was intercepted five times — including two by Sherman himself.

This Sunday, the Seahawks will take on the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game.

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10 Responses to “Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman Rips Former Giants OC Kevin Gilbride, Calls Him “Bitter””

  1.  skinnydoogan says:

    Yawn

  2.  Eric S says:

    Rip seems a bit hyperbolic. Really just a mild retort but I understand the need to generate clicks :)

  3.  rlhjr says:

    Those guys are good. I wish the Giants were talented enough to “hold” like that. Next…………..

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    What Gilbride said is correct, but it points to something that has driven me crazy for years.

    Every game I attend at MetLife allows me to see clearly that EVERY team holds our defensive line, or at least one or more of them, on nearly every play. Those calls get made occasionally, but obviously the zebras are not going to throw flags on every play in the interest of strictly enforcing rules. Yet our offensive line stands by and allows rushers to go right by them regularly and then races back to Eli to help him up, and fails to open running lanes that others do by simply grabbing our players and sealing them off with their hands clearly outside the pads rather than between the shoulders. Why the hell are they not doing the same thing, daring the officials to call holding on every play? Is that Tom Coughlin’s stand for integrity? Better to have John Mara pound Goodell about having his people insist that the officials start calling holding calls against our opponents when they’re tackling JPP and Tuck and our defensive tackles, and until they do let Coughlin know that we have to fight fire with fire.

    The same could go for Prince. He is as talented as Richard Sherman, but the guy plays strictly according to the rules, and Sherman clearly skirts them (as do his cohorts on the Seahawks). I give Pete Carroll credit for figuring out how to game the officials. It shouldn’t happen, ut until the league puts an end to it, when we play teams like that we’re really playing with one hand tied behind our back.

    •  rlhjr says:

      Amen

      When in Rome………………..

      I think the NFL has cast a blind eye on holding of defenders league wide.
      This in an effort to protect the owners QB investments and second to keep the casual fan interested via the Madden like scoring that spikes the NFL revenue via fantasy football under the “shield”.

      My problem like ff55 is as I said above, I wish our guys held like that.
      In this NFL, defenses have to take everything they can.
      But it’s always been the case that some of the NFL’s best offensive linemen were the NFL’s best at holding. It’s an art form. And if your QB is in trouble, it’s a necessity.

    •  jfunk says:

      To be fair, holding “well” is a skill. Our guys might just suck at it and get called often when they try it because they’re “doing it wrong”.

      Amani Toomer was a 10th degree black belt in offensive pass interference, guy never got called.

      I’m convinced that when linemen are listed as being “good with their hands” it’s code for “good at holding”.

      •  rlhjr says:

        I’m with you jfunk. Michael Irving was also a master as well as Sterling Sharpe, and Terrell Owens it a long list. And it’s not like it’s easy.
        You need upper body and hand strength. You also need a sense as to when you can get away with it.

        Overall, it takes “coaching” in the technique. Just as D-linemen get coached in swim, spin and arm over moves.

        There’s an element of gamesmanship in all of it. Some would say skirting the rules. Still others would say cheating.

  5.  kujo says:

    Bitter? No.

    Cognizant of the fact that the game, and those that played it–including excellent defensive backs like Richard Sherman–have passed he and his scheme by?

    You betcha!

  6.  GOAT56 says:

    Unless we lose Beason there is no chance we draft a LB in the first round. While it’s nice to have 3 good LBs it just doesn’t make sense in today’s NFL. We are going to play 5 DBs at least 50% of the time. Paysinger might not be a star but he did enough to prove he’s at least a starting level LB.

    With the changes we have made on the offensive side and Nicks looking unlikely to return I think WR is a good possibility. Watkins and Lee are 2 WRs perfect for more a West Coast type of system. They have the YAC ability needed to excel with some shorter passes.

    The OL players that definitely seem worth a pick at 12 are only Mathews and Robinson, both of which will likely be gone. CB makes some sense not as much as WR.

    Robinson only was healthy the last part of last year. He’s only been here two years and was considered raw coming out. He still has the athletic ability so IMO it’s too early to assume the kid can’t contribute next year at TE as either a starter or #2 TE.

    It will be interesting to see what we do at TE. Other than when Finley has been healthy GB has gotten good production over the years from non descript TEs. Quarless just seems to make too much sense.

    An OL player I would look into as well from GB is Newhouse. He’s been injured so he has durability concerns. But he should come relatively cheap and has good upside as a 3rd OT.

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