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Sherman wins appeal

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 27, 2012 at 9:38 am with 85 Comments »
December 27, 2012 10:04 am

Seattle Seahawks Richard Sherman runs off the field after the Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers 42-13 in an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

In a surprising turn of events, after a month-long battle with the league Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman won his appeal with the NFL for allegedly violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Sherman confirmed the result via Twitter this morning.

“Thank you @nfl for upholding the truth! To the 12s Thank you your faith is rewarded! Thank you lord,” Sherman said via Twitter.

“I won.”

Sherman and his representatives argued that his tested urine sample was contaminated as a result of the second cup.

“There were mistakes made by the tester,” Sherman told reporters last week. “The league’s argument was that they are allowed to make mistakes, and they are allowed to break the rules. They can get away with it.

“It’s up to them. The appeal officer is paid by the league, so if it goes their way, that’s what it is. It’s not an even playing field in that appeal room.”

A spokesperson for the NFL said the league is reviewing the decision, but declined to comment at this time due to the confidentiality provision of the program.

Sherman’s positive result in the appeals process is a surprise because players rarely have the results on performance-enhancing drugs violations overturned.

Now that he has been cleared, the Seahawks will have both starting cornerbacks in Sherman and Brandon Browner available for the postseason.

Sherman would been Seattle’s fifth player in the past year suspended by the league for performance-enhancing drugs.

Browner is serving the final game of a four-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance this Sunday.

Browner will be eligible to return to the team on Monday and play in the postseason.

Seattle safety Winston Guy was suspended for four games by the league for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. Guy did not appeal the suspension. Guy’s agent said he tested positive for an over-the-counter substance that’s on the league’s lengthy list of banned substances players are tested regularly for.

Guy returned to the active roster this week.

Second year pro John Moffitt was suspended for four games without pay last December for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances.

According to Moffitt’s agent Michael George, his client was suspended for taking a drug used to treat hyperactivity, and that Moffitt did not pre-clear taking the drug with the league.

Offensive lineman Allen Barbre was suspended for the first four games of the 2012 season for violating NFL rules on performance enhancing substances.

The Seahawks released Barbre on Oct. 1, rather than sign him to the team’s 53-man active roster.

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  1. Wow, this is amazing, this means Browner and Sherman are ready to go for the playoffs!! I can’t even believe he actually won, but hot diggity this made my day. Autobots roll out!

  2. Merry Christmas indeed! This could only be topped by three victories on Sunday. One for the Hawks, one for the Cardinals, and one for the Vikings. Maybe wishful thinking, but the odds were longer for this appeal win than they are for all the others combined. So you just never know. And wouldn;t it be cool to see the Hawks play one or two playoff games at home for the 12th man?

  3. thursday says:

    I felt really strongly he would win, but I was getting discouraged by everyone else being so sure he wouldn’t lol. Either way, anyone starting to feel like this is a charmed season?

  4. Dukeshire says:

    When Browner returns, I’m curious if they’ll move Lane will become the nickel back? From the small sample size, he deserves time, IMO.

  5. Awesome news for Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks. They will be at full strength now come playoff time. Sherman is vindicated, congrats to him.

  6. montanamike2 says:

    I think Lane is more suited for the nickle as well.

  7. Awesome! It has seemed in recent years that this team was snake bit with all the injuries and other misfortunes. But everything is coming together this year and at the perfect time. I am feeling pretty good about our chances in the post-season.

  8. montanamike2 says:

    A healthy Thurmond could be usefull in the playoffs, is that too much to ask?

  9. What about Thurmond, given the odd chance that he’ll ever become healthy? I think he is better than Lane. Talk about a luxury problem here.

  10. Two big wins in four days, some more on Sunday would make for quite a Holiday week.

  11. chuck_easton says:


    You don’t beat the system that often. I just have to assume the evidence was so strong against the collection procedure even the NFL couldn’t overlook it.

    Second Christmas present theSeahawks have given me this week!

  12. edstang45 says:

    Yea baby kudos to the NFL for not ignoring the testing protocol, I was worried they might ignore it as they are above the law.. The NFLPA must have gotten involved at some point, or maybe they were afraid of “Lawyer Dagget”. I’m sure most of the guys here been waitin on pins and needles for the results!!!! Bring on the Playoffs baby

  13. A healthy Thurmond probably gets the nod over Lane at nickel. In any case, let’s just hope that Trufant stays on the bench.

  14. montanamike2 says:

    JacDG says: the same thing as me at the same time, lol.
    Speaking of Vegas, this actually changes things on the betting line.

  15. chrisj122 says:

    Best news I have heard all week!!!!

  16. Dukeshire says:

    montanamike – I think that is too much to ask. Lol. Thurmond just can’t seem to stay healthy to save his life. But man, if he could find a way to get on the field, that would help their sub-packages so much.

  17. I agree totally with the Lane comment (or Thurmond). I love Tru to death but his body type/skill set don’t fit well with our schemes. He’s much more of a zone cover type of player. The slot/middle coverage has been our biggest weakness this year. I’m not convinced that Lane is “the guy” for the nickel/dime packages, but I think he’s a small upgrade from Tru.

  18. WhooHoo Legion of Boom Ready for the Playoffs!!!

  19. JazBadAzz says:

    This is awesome, combined with the snubs from the probowl we will have an enormous size chip on our shoulders! I didn’t think we would be fired up because the whiner game was so huge for us, but now I believe the snubs gave us a little something extra to fight for! Its on now baby!
    GO HAWKS!!!

  20. montanamike2 says:

    I hope all the chains unroll in SF and they lose. We took out two of their top players and we still haven’t heard about Justin Smith, who might be more significantly injured. It would take a miracle for whoever starts for the Cards to figure out that all it takes to win is to keep tossing the ball towards Larry Fitzgerald. Harbaugh would be canned for switching QB’s and ruining the chemistry the superbowl contendind team had. Too good to be true.

  21. bulldog80 says:

    Skavage I’m with you, here’s to those three victories. Optimus better see this as the learning experience it was. He got through that by the skins of his nutz. He better feel humbled and fortunate, and most importantly, not do it again.

  22. thursday says:

    I think Sando just said on Twitter that it was a torn triceps re:Smith. That sounds pretty serious, not just a one game deal

  23. well . . hell yes. this is great news.

    full strength Hawks. don’t mess with them.

  24. and give that lawyer a couple 50-yd line seats . . .

  25. O. M. G. Happy New Year Everyone!

    So, how deep can Sherm, BB, Marshawn, and Russell go in the playoffs this year? Oh Baby.

  26. LocalGutterGuy says:

    Sherman is one smart dude who got lucky. I don’t expect him to make the same mistake again. This is sweet indeed. On a roll and into the playoffs!

  27. psoundpowerhouse says:

    The ancient Indian curse has been lifted!

  28. Partially torn triceps for Justin Smith.

    I think the Cardinals Defense can hold the 49ers offense under 17 points but I doubt the Brian Hoyer led Cardinals offense can score more than 10 even with Smith out. If Kolb was the QB and the game was in Arizona, I’d actually look for the upset.

  29. Great news!

  30. ChrisHolmes says:


    Makes sense if what Sherman’s camp reported was true. Glad for him and the appeals process.

    This is huge for the Hawks.

  31. So stoked right now. This team’s ceiling is so high at full strength. If we can get thurmond back for the postseason and IF he can stay healthy, look out!

  32. bbnate420 says:

    Thursday, it would depend on the severity of the tear, but it doesn’t sound good for them. Muscle tears aren’t typically a couple of weeks type of injuries. Unless they’re fairly minor, the player is usually out for an extended period of time i.e. Tatupu, Okung, or Ray Lewis.

    I was confident that Sherman had a strong case if his claim was what had been reported. I still wasn’t ready to hold my breath for the NFL to overturn it. Glad they did. It must’ve been clear that the tester seriously breeched protocol. This makes the pro bowl snub 10 times worse. What a joke.

    If the choice for nickel back is between Lane, Maxwell, and Tru, I’d give my vote for Lane as well. It’d be nice to have Thurmond back, but I won’t hold my breath.

  33. This was more butt-covering by the league.

    Because of all the information leaked by Sherman and his agent, the league was getting A LOT of bad press regarding the third-party company that subs out the collection process for urine samples in the drug screen process. The provisions they deliberately snuck into the CBA that pretty much allow them to use even badly contaminated samples came to light, it became apparent that a) there have been MANY instances of contaminated and/or improperly collected/stored/handled samples over the last couple years and b) SHerman was going to sue the crap out of them and keep this stuff in the spotlight.

    Goodell didnt get to be Commish by being a total idiot, he saw the writing on the wall; cave now, blame it on the sample because the sample WAS contaminated (Im not saying Sherman didnt use PED’s just that the sample collection procedure wasnt kosher), and avoid more media scrutiny each week on the failing collection process, or stick to his guns and keep the suspension knowing full well that SHerman would sue the league and could draw that out for years…and each week Sherman would be mouthing off, drawing more bad press on the NFL and this whole collection process…

    IM glad he isnt suspended, but I dont really believe that he was innocent; the league just stepped in their own mess and couldnt prove it. Im pissed he didnt make the Pro Bowl–but I thought Bronwer should have made it too, he’s played better this year than he did last year. Browner should be PISSED he gave in…Seattle needs to give him a new contract to make up the money he lost.

    Tim Jennings?! WTF!? Both Sherman and Browner have outplayed Petersen and Jennings. The Pro Bowl is the Grammies of sports…total popularity contest BS…

  34. bbnate420 says:

    Sacramento Bee is reporting partially torn triceps for Smith. If he does play at all in the playoffs, he should be limited logic would dictate. Whiners are piling up injuries at the wrong time.

  35. PugetHawk says:

    Great the test was tainted but I still think that because both Sherman and Browner tested positive on the same test, the same day, that it was to much of a coincidence to be completely out of left field. Where there is smoke there is usually fire.
    That said, I just hope these two, and anyone else on the team, realize they won’t be so lucky next time.

  36. montanamike2 says:

    Without J Smith the 9’rs are one and done.

  37. Second Biggest news of the day: Sherman back for playoffs.

    Biggest news of the day: Partially torn triceps for Justin Smith. (Thanks, pabs.)
    Prediction: the once-super-bowl-bound Niners are now playoff toast.

  38. princeaden says:

    Vindication may be a bit strong. Even at that, the Chain of custody CANNOT be compromised. My feeling is that with the Bountygate overturns and the fact that drug testing procedures are very specific, the NFL had no choice but to exonerate or face lawsuit and further embarrassment. Nevertheless this is excellent news.

  39. But can they lose this weekend against the Cardinals?

    A nice consolation gift would be for the Packers to lose at Minnesota this weekend. This would put the 49ers back into the second seed and would mean the Seahawks would not have to travel to Green Bay in the Divisional Round. They would head to Atlanta or SF.

  40. princeaden says:

    STTBM, Sorry about that, I wasn’t trying to copy what you said, I’m just a very slow typer. :)

  41. “but I doubt the Brian Hoyer led Cardinals offense can score more than 10 even with Smith out”

    Yeah, I agree with that. A first time starter in a game in SF against a great defense with something to play for? No chance. For once, I just wish AZ’s quarterback situation wasn’t such a clustercuss. They’re really not that bad of a team outside of that one glaring issue.

  42. trashpile says:

    I like Lane’s speed. Better hands and he scores against the 9ers on that deflection that Moss ended up catching. Did you notice how easily he caught up with Sherm on that blocked FG return? I know it takes more than speed to play in the secondary but it doesn’t hurt to have a guy out there that can catch up with just about any receiver.

  43. BANG! Sherm, Browner, and Lane, Earle and Kam backing them up, yikes. I don’t know, but I think there’s something special here. I haven’t posted in awhile, but I’m on the Wilson bandwagon finally, I still think his height makes him throw high and miss some dudes, but I’m happy. Wow, what a year. If we don’t slide into a bye, I hope we play the Cowgirls and then Green Bay to shut everyone up on our way to becoming the Super Bowl Champs baby. Go Hawks.

  44. princeaden says:

    Trashpile, I did notice how easily he caught up to Sherm. I actually, revisited that a few times just to make sure I was seeing it correctly.

  45. Great news! With a top defense that’s full strength and a QB who doesn’t just make big plays but also makes few mistakes, the Seahawks are going to be very tough to beat. Aside from the “any given Sunday” caveat, I don’t see how they’ll lose to the Cowboys or Redskins.

  46. Dukeshire says:

    Lane is one of the fastest guys on the team. Thomas-type speed.

  47. I agree about Lane’s athleticism. He is great to watch. With Sherm and BB back, and Lane and Thurmond backing up, I am loving our CB depth.

  48. MoSeahawk12 says:

    We’ve scored 150 points without Browner. Maybe keep that group in and slowly bring Browner back. The scoring run is crazy and of course probably won’t continue at its current pace, but what a ride. Lane has held his own even as teams throw at him from the first play of the game on. He’s been more than game. Our scouting department has hit major home runs on selecting our DBs for sure.

  49. Eric/Dave,

    Is the TNT marketing staff ever going to fix the broken links to the only advertising on the blog? Don’t mean to be a jerk and certainly not your fault, but considering how close the blog came to being a pay-to-read thing, it’s a real shame that the marketing guys can’t get off their butts and have this fixed. It’s been a couple weeks now and I think many of us would like to support the blog with a click or two. Thanks.

  50. I believe Sherman was guilty. Never heard him deny it. Taking PEDs was incredibly stupid for a Stanford man. But challenging the chain of custody was freaking brilliant! Bested Goodell at his own game: Shystering.
    Onward and upward.
    Oh, and Go Seahawks!
    Now I’m going trolling for whiners…

  51. thursday says:

    Are you kidding? He denied it from the very beginning. Call me an optimist, but I believe him. Innocent until proven guilty and all that.

  52. Not sure why everyone feels they have to pass judgement on Sherman. we all have our suspicions but the truth is we don’t know if he was taking the stuff or the sample was actually contaminated. That’s the whole point of chain of trust and why it was valid to challenge it. It’s water under the bridge (or in this case, “water” in the second cup! ;-) ) at this point.

    Our secondary is looking like the Legion of Boom they predicted. Wonder what new blood our dynamic duo will bring during the next draft. Can’t wait to see. We are really getting some depth with quality players.

  53. Richard Sherman = Ryan Braun

    Now, if we can only get Patrick Peterson to return a kick or punt for a TD we can have a decent chance to win the division.

    Also, ‘skol Vikings! I never thought I’d say that!

    Is this the year we believe in magic? It’s feeling that way! Someone pinch me! Better yet, if it’s a dream, let me continue to feel this way!

  54. Hammajamma says:

    On the Lane, Tru, Third-mon, Browner topic:

    I think they could move Lane outside in the nickle due to his straightaway speed and closing ability. They like Browner, obviously, for his strength at the LOS, but I’d almost rather have Lane covering the deep post or streak.

    Hard to see a place for Tru given the deterioration of his game. Thurm…you can’t make a play from the training table.

  55. NYHawkFan says:

    In the previous threat, Pabuwal wrote:

    “The Seahawks fans version of winning the lottery –

    1. Sherman gets his suspension overturned
    2. Seahawks beat the Rams
    3. Cardinals beat the 49ers
    4. Vikings beat the Packers”

    Item number one, “check”!

  56. sluggo42 says:

    i told ya long ago the tainted sample wold get him off. it was an easy call IMHO. Maybe years in the water industry with daily sampling, and dealing with the chain of custody rules made this clearer to me…

    How about: Leaving Lane on the outside and bringing Browner in to stuff the slot guy at the LOS? Plus being there for more run stopping support? Lane has shown tat he isn’t getting burned on a regular basis, and is fast enough to make up ground. Or, Him and Thurmond platooning? Or all 3 scooting all over?

    Either way, it’s good to have serious depth, which PC and JS have done with their serious turnover of the roster early on. It’s brilliant I must say..

    sent from my new MacPro, thanks hunni!

  57. SandpointHawk says:

    Great news indeed. Nice to arrive home to news like this. Think a toast is in order.

  58. sluggo42 says:

    Also, since a positive came from Browner, a tainted sample with the same results as Browners also points to a cross contamination, from weak sampling protocol . I would imagine the fellow taking those samples will be looking for a new job very soon…

  59. Dave Boling says:

    Skavage, thanks for the information on the link issue, I’ll forward that. I think we’re in the middle of a system change-over and that could be part of the problem.

    About the sudden depth in the secondary: I think Lane would be great at nickel corner. Tru was getting back into action, though. Pete was pretty interesting on the Lane topic yesterday. He thinks they got a deal on him in the low rounds because he didn’t time well in the 40. When he showed up and was obviously so fast, Pete asked him about some of his track times, which were very impressive. Pete says he runs like a 4.3 guy. He’s also one of the most ornery guys on the team. During training camp, he was always mixing it up with veteran receivers. He’s got no shortage of speed or confidence. SF obviously tested him a number of times, and he was up to it.

    On Sherman: Obviously great for Seahawks that he won. I think it’s still fair to question his judgment. I wonder how Browner feels having had to surrender four game checks while Sherman skates just because he got lucky with a faulty cup.

  60. sluggo42 says:

    yup, sucks for BB… But, props to Sherm for knowing what to do…

  61. Especially at the age of Browner and the fact he’ll never get a huge contract when he’s eligible for FA (b/c of the age thing) whereas Sherman is at the age where he’ll get HUGE bucks when he becomes “free.” Unless the Hawks lock him up (which they should) before then — but we all know it won’t be for “free.”

  62. trout_hound says:

    Totally off topic, but I was thinking about how no one has been dissing on Bevell and his play calling the last three or four weeks. The guy is on top of it, and doing a fantastic job adding new unstoppable wrinkles. People need to man up and give the guy some well deserved kudos.

    Here’s a good article about how we worked the 49’ers offensively:

  63. Good job, Bevell. You cost this team a probable first round bye because you are/were a moron earlier this year (or should the criticism go to Mr. Happy or Mr. I’ll punch your face in?). But, hey, you haven’t sucked lately so I guess I should kiss your ass? Ummm, no.

  64. Win me (all of us) a Super Bowl, and I’ll kiss it! Maybe more figuratively than actually doing it!

  65. What’s your deal?

  66. Maybe you should get a post dedicated to me and how I think this is “my” blog from someone else?

  67. Dukeshire says:


  68. trout_hound says:

    Wow. Yeah, OK Bobby. I agree that the play calling seemed suspect at times early in the season. However, it takes a team to lose games. But of course they were playing ball control until the training wheels could come off, it took several games for Carroll and Bevell to figure out what Wilson was capable of. Once got a read on his strengths, they quickly tailored the offense to accentuate them. That adaptability and creativity is what I’m talking about. They are being innovative right now, and other teams are scrambling to figure it out. That’s improvement, and I’m not ashamed to say I’m proud of those guys for getting it together.

  69. trout – I agree.

    Trust me, I “want” to kiss his ass if it means we all win it all…


  70. Hard to tell from those previous responses, Bobby. I think I’ll do what Sherman is saying and “move on”

  71. rramstad says:

    pabs wrote: “A nice consolation gift would be for the Packers to lose at Minnesota this weekend. This would put the 49ers back into the second seed and would mean the Seahawks would not have to travel to Green Bay in the Divisional Round. They would head to Atlanta or SF.”

    Interesting point. The Seahawks cannot become the six seed. Six plays three in the Wild Card round, and as you noted, if the 49ers win and the Packers lose, the Packers will be the three seed, and we couldn’t meet them in the first round… and in the second round, if the Packers had lost in the first round, we can’t play them (duh!) and six would travel to one with five traveling to two (Seahawks at SF), but if the Packers win in the first round, then three would travel to two and five would travel to one (Seahawks at Atlanta). If we had to play Green Bay, it would be for the NFC title.

    I also like Minnesota’s chances at Green Bay in the playoffs if the Packers lose at Vikings this week… there’s a lot of psychology involved in that logic, but suffice it to say that if the Vikings get some confidence, watch out.

  72. I am definitely a Bevell detractor. I didn’t like his play-calling before the Chicago game, especially not in Miami. I’d say he and the rest of the coaches were out-schemed and out-coached in that game. I like his changes more recently, and I hope we can continue to keep other team’s defensive tackles off of Lynch. I’d be fine staying with him if we continue to be consistently good on offense.

    We also know that this could very well be Cable’s influence in game-planning and play-calling. It makes me wonder just exactly how much of an influence Cable has in this whole thing both now and earlier this year. I’d give kudos to Cable for the improved line play since Miami, but not much else.

    In any event, we don’t know much as outsiders and I hope we can keep these offensive sparks going.

  73. trout, yes, its obvious to all the casual fans that Bevell is doing a great job as OC right now. The funny thing is that most of the whining about Bevell not being creative enough early in the season was way off base. If running this offense and scoring 50 points a game were possible for any team any time, then every OC would do this every week. lol here.

    The playbook offense has been executing since the Chicago game include schemes that would have completely failed early in the season. The O line play was inconsistent the first half of the season, at all 5 positions and as a unit. Now, they are have perfected the inside and outside zone blocking that Cable has been drilling them on for two years. This has changed what Bevell is able to do in the passing game.

    All five linemen along with Robinson and Lynch are now in synch in their zone scheme and pretty much unstoppable. The play book can now take advantage of this.. Wilson has learned week by week to improve his play-action ball handling, and read-option, to the point that defenders are forced to stay in the box, key on run first, and the LBs and S can get frozen by play-action on any given play. An offense can’t do this unless the D feels constantly threatened by the kind of run blocking that has just recently developed.

    Not only was Wilson not ready to handle the huge number of options and reads he’s now using, but the O line and run game had to mature and start kicking defenders a$$es for 60 minutes before this whole scheme could even be used. They were not capable of any of this in week 1 this year. Bevell has expanded the play book as fast as anyone could expect, and Wilson has learned to handle it faster than anyone could have expected.

    Right now you can hear Carroll is very pleased the zone blocking game is where he always wanted it to be, and at the same time I think its evident that even he is amazed that Wilson has come so far so fast.

    Watching how this offense has steadily developed and expanded every game shows ample proof that Bevell has done a great job all season long. I just have to laugh at the criticism of our coaches.

  74. So it will be interesting to see a few things this week and through the playoffs.

    1. Will Lane play in front of Trufant? We have all been down on Tru, but the coaches have played him all year long. don’t know why but true – so will, with a few games under his belt, Lane be elevated to Nickel back or not

    2. Will Browner play well after a 4 week break ?

    3. Will the offense stay on a roll? The NFL has a way of breaking streaks and finding ways of stopping teams on a roll. (other coaches are good too)

    4. Will the offensive play calling become conservative (cable influenced) and/or be able to adjust to teams coming up with ways to stop them.

    5. Will Wilson keep running and put himself in dangerous positions to take a nasty blow – (I think this is unlikely – he is pretty smart about avoiding hits)

  75. xcman, good questions.

    I certainly hope Lane goes to nickel and not Trufant. Lane has the quickness to own that position. If Lane and Thurmond are healthy, I can’t see why they would want Tru on the field. Let’s hope he’s a healthy scratch.

    And will the offense stay on a roll? They will if the O line continues to block with a chip on their shoulder, continue acting like they have something to prove. They is such a groove right now I can’t see why they would let up. And if they don’t let up, the rest of the offense might drop a few balls or make a few mistakes but ultimately this offense will not be stopped.

    And yes, please Russell, a little less free-lancing on the scrambles. We need you until February.

  76. xcman, good questions.

    I certainly hope Lane goes to nickel and not Trufant. Lane has the quickness to own that position. If Lane and Thurmond are healthy, I can’t see why they would want Tru on the field. Let’s hope he’s a healthy scratch.

    And will the offense stay on a roll? They will if the O line continues to block with a chip on their shoulder, continue acting like they have something to prove. They are in such a groove right now I can’t see why they would let up. And if they don’t let up, the rest of the offense might drop a few balls or make a few mistakes but ultimately this offense will not be stopped.

    And yes, please Russell, a little less free-lancing on the scrambles. We need you until February.

  77. bbnate420 says:

    Stevos, you mean that a rookie QB and young offense as a whole have been learning and improving all season, and that it is probably folly to assume in hindsight that the offense would’ve been clicking like it is now if only they had opened it up earlier in the season? Eureka! ;-)

    Lane ran a 4.53 and 4.56 on his pro day. He must’ve either been off that day or he just has game speed. I’m sure most of us know that 40 time doesn’t necessarily transfer to the game exactly.

    I have to disagree with Dave again. I don’t think it’s fair to question his judgement. He may have been taking something. Just as we all may be taking something, but he denies taking anything and there is no legitimate test to suggest that he did. Serious breeches of the testing protocol is only lucky if he was indeed taking something. That’s just speculation. No definitive proof. It’s not a technicality akin to writing the wrong time down on a form or something like that. The breeches of protocol place the validity of the sample into serious question. Let’s afford Richard the same rights we’d want for ourselves.

  78. raymaines says:

    Seeding question: If Seattle should beat Atlanta in the second round would they take the #1 (i.e. home game) slot or still be the 5th seed?

    xcman askes: 2. Will Browner play well after a 4 week break? – Don’t know of course, but he’ll be healthy, rested and hungry!

    4. Will the offensive play calling become conservative …? – No!

    5. Will Wilson keep running and put himself in dangerous positions to take a nasty blow …? – I don’t think any of us understand how freakin’ smart RW is. When he scrambles he’s got a great big 3-D Chess game going on in his head, and he’s two moves ahead of the other guys. As long as the O-Line does what their supposed to do he could run around all day without getting plastered. He’s just playing with the defenders.

  79. AFAIK, Seattle is a 5-seed for the entire playoffs. So, the only way they could get a home game this year is if the 6 seed goes on a tear and Seattle meets them in the NFC championship.

    I am hopeful that Seattle has turned the corner on their road issues since they’re going to have to win on the road to make it to the Super Bowl. The Chicago win was clutch against a good team and was a good indication of growth. Buffalo was a blow-out against a not-so-great team, not sure how to read that. All that being said, the team has come along a lot faster than I figured it would.

    Ready for the playoffs to get started.

  80. DanielleMND says:

    I’m not surprised he won his appeal. Once the story about the mishandled sample came out, I was optimistic that he would prevail.

  81. Thanks Dave. I wouldn’t be push the issue ifI didn’t care about this blog!

  82. SkeleTony says:

    I am a philosophical skeptic so it is my nature to suspect Shermer of being guilty of doing wrong here, however I actually believe Shermer is innocent. For starters, most seem to be linking him to Browner as if the two were probably doing PEDs together and that being why Browner did not appeal. I find that unlikely for the same reason I find conspiracy theories in general unlikely. Too many moving parts and a lopsided risk/reward thing going on. It seems more likely that either a) Browner was doing PEDs and knew he could not beat the case and did not conspire with Shermer or b)He was innocent but figured (due to lawyer’s advice?) he was unlikely to win and would rather miss the last 4 reg. season games than the entire playoffs & Super Bowl.

    Shermer has been adamant that he is innocent since the test result came forth. He has not been like guilty athletes who waffle in ambiguity. He said before the ‘leaky cup’ thing came to mind that there was something wrong.

  83. upchopper says:


  84. Bobbyk–LOL! Ha ha ha! I agree, Im not bashing Bevell now, he’s doing a good job since the second half of the Chicago game. But in the middle of the season especially, when it was obvious that Wilson could throw the ball well when they let him, Bevell and Cable and Carrol sucked and cost themselves a couple winnable games. The Detroit game and the Miami game were firmly on the coaches with atrocious gameplanning and worse playcalling. The players were sloppy in Miami, but I still think if coaches had opened it up it would have been all over for the Dolphins.

    Bevell still has moments of breathtaking stupidity; as evidenced by the crappy screen called deep in our own territory with Turbin too close to the line that resulted in a pick for Wilson last week. THe D pulled us out of the poo, holding the Niners to a field goal, but that call was horrifically bad. I was already cursing the playcall before Wilson even threw the ball…I was not surprised when it got picked…

  85. No one is saying Wilson could have run this offense this way in game 1, but many of us believe Bevell and company did a lousy job and hamstrung this offense during the middle of the season. What the coaching staffs in Indy and Washington have done with their rookie qb’s right off the bat–with less talent overall–shows just how poorly our offensive staff did.

    Now they are doing a much better job and have adapted. Its just too bad they didnt do it a little faster; if we had won either the Detroit game or the Miami game–let alone both–we’d be NFC West Champs and likely get a bye.

    Still, 10-5 this year?! I’ll freakin’ take it!

    I dont want Tru to see the field at all, he’s too slow; let the young guys like Lane and Maxwell and Guy play, and tune up for the playoffs. I thought Maxwell looked okay and obviously needs game action, and Lane is playing really well. I think Lane would make a great starting cb, but his best bet to earn playing time is in the slot. Would love to see him become our starting nickel back, and Maxwell be the backup Nickel and FS. Guy will take at least until next year to be ready. And we still have Maragos and J Johnson…

    One thing no one has mentioned; Seattle is so good at finding great DB’s late, that other teams are starting to steal our first cuts in preseason, like the Raiders stealing Philip Adams, who has played well for them this year. I think thats a real testament to John Schneider and our scouting dept, and I really think Schneider should win Executive of the year.

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