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The Seattle Seahawks probably have the biggest cornerbacks tandem in the league. They are led by Richard Sherman, who is 6-3 and 195 pounds. On the other side of the field is Brandon Browner, who is listed at 6-4 and 221 pounds.
That’s crazy to see and that’s what led to some of the team’s big success over some of the best passing offenses in the league this year, like the New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers.
Seattle wasn’t able to get the job done in a 13-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers a few days ago on Thursday night, but they were able to do enough to keep quarterback Alex Smith to throwing to some of his favorite targets like Randy Moss, Michael Crabtree, Mario Manningham and Vernon Davis.
Head coach Jim Harbaugh was none too pleased with how Seattle’s corners played. NFL rules state that a defensive player can only lock up the opposing player on offense only within five yards. However, Seattle has gone a little past that number and have gotten away with it almost every time.
The Seahawks and 49ers will meet again sometime soon and Harbaugh wants to clear that up.
“I wouldn’t use the words, ‘locked up,’” Harbaugh told CSN Bay Area on Friday. “We’ll take that up with the officials (NFL office) and get their view of it.”
Alex Smith states that the Seahawks corners should have been flagged for illegal contact “several times” in that game.
“If this is a point of emphasis of no contact after 5 yards, no question,” Smith said.
“They’ve done it all year. When they played Green Bay, they were doing it to all those guys, (Greg) Jennings, all those guys. You turn on the Patriots (film) and same things. That’s what they do. It’s who they are. They’re good at it. It’s what they play, big corners, physical guys. I don’t know how we didn’t get a call. It seems like it gets called once a game and then it doesn’t get called again.”
Harbaugh hopes to get a clarified answer soon after he filed an official inquiry.
“I think it’s just important thing to address,” Harbaugh said. “What is this all being defined as? Is it physical play within the rules? That’s the biggest question. Is it within the rules what’s happening. We have to ask that question. We have to know what the interpretation is.”
The Seahawks have also done some other dirty moves in that game that the referees wouldn’t call, such as when defensive tackle Chris Clemons grabbed the facemask of Smith. It didn’t go smoothly with Harbaugh, who replied about it in a sarcastic, deadpan way.
“It’s not impossible to throw the ball when your helmet is turned and you’re looking out the side of the earhole, but it makes it a lot harder.”
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