Seattle Defense Deciphered Manning’s Hand Signals

by Greg Pollowitz

Via Sports Illustrated, here’s Richard Sherman on how Seattle was able to beat Peyton Manning:

“All we did was play situational football,” Sherman says. “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.”

He demonstrates the signs Manning used for various routes, and says he and his teammates were calling out plays throughout the game and getting them right. . . . “Now, if Peyton had thrown in some double moves, if he had gone out of character, we could’ve been exposed.”

Adds Sherman: “Me, Earl [Thomas], Kam [Chancellor] . . . we’re not just three All-Pro players. We’re three All-Pro minds.” Yes they are. The whole piece here.