Laugh if you want, but Richard Sherman is exactly right.
The Seattle Seahawks cornerback took some time during his press conference to blast the NFL, calling it a “poopfest,” that the league continues to schedule Thursday night games for teams just a few nights after they get finished competing on Sunday.
Sherman and the Seahakws, who suffered a road game blowout at the hands of Aaron Rogers and the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field had to turn right around from the cold, frozen tundra of northern Wisconsin, and then head back to the Pacific Northwest, had every right to be upset.
“We got home like 1 o’clock in the morning, something like that on Monday and then you’ve got to play again,” Sherman said. “Congratulations, NFL, you did it again. But they’ve been doing it all season, so I guess we’re the last ones to get the middle finger.”
But Sherman’s grievances go far beyond having to sleep on the plane and then get right back to work next day, preparing for Thursday’s home game against the Los Angeles Rams. It feeds into the bigger picture player safety discussion the league claims to be committed to. Sherman sees this kind of scheduling as the exact opposite of that. Saying that his body won’t be above 50 or 60 percent when his team takes the field.
“It’s hypocritical, as I’ve stated before. They make this huge stance about player safety. Then you put the players in tremendous danger.”
Less important than player safety, of course, is the logistical discussion. Seattle, who have a record of 8-4-1, aren’t in total control of the NFC West if the Arizona Cardinals win and the Seahawks lose. It’s a small window for Arizona to climb in through, but two losses in a row could really damage Seattle as they make the final push into the playoffs. That, coupled with Sherman’s very correct point that it goes against player safety to have the team back out on the field so quickly, shows the NFL has a long way to go when it comes to putting players first.