Malcolm Butler‘s Super Bowl Interception Still Bothers Richard Sherman Who Blames Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll and Quarterback Russell Wilson
The interception hear around the world came in Super Bowl XLIX when Patriots corner Malcolm Butler picked off Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson on the one yard line. A play that won the Super Bowl for the Patriots and forever created a rift between Carroll and his own corner Richard Sherman.
In a story for ESPN the Magazine, Seth Wickersham details this growing rift between the Seahawks and Richard Sherman. The All-Pro cornerback, and many other veteran members of the defense, have always felt head coach Pete Carroll was easier on quarterback Russell Wilson than other leaders on the team. Those feelings were amplified during Super Bowl XLIX, when Malcolm Butler picked off Wilson at the one-yard line for the game-winning interception.
Wilson never apologized for the play, saying he would throw to receiver Ricardo Lockette again if the opportunity presented itself.
“It galls the defense to hear Wilson, ever positive, stand behind a podium and insist that the offense “made some great plays” after games in which the Seahawks barely score — and then be propped up as if he were Aaron Rodgers,” Wickersham writes.
Even before the Super Bowl loss, there was tension between Sherman and Wilson. Wickersham recounts an incident at minicamp in June 2014, when Sherman told Wilson he “f—— sucks” after throwing a pick during practice.
Sherman had some issues last season as well with him snapping at teammates and coaches on multiple occasions. Most notably, following a Week 15 loss to the Rams when Wilson was nearly intercepted at the 1-yard line, Sherman ripped into Carroll on the sidelines.
“Yeah, I was letting [Carroll] know. We’ve seen how that goes,” he told reporters after the game.
Wickersham says the loss to New England was so stinging, because it robbed the Seahawks defense of its opportunity to be remembered as one of the game’s all-time great units. After beating Peyton Manning and the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, Seattle was one score away from knocking off Tom Brady the following year. It would’ve been one of the greatest runs in NFL history.
“[Sherman] is always looking at what other people are doing,” a former assistant coach told ESPN. “He’s made it personal. It’s your fault we’re not winning. It wears guys thin.”
Sherman attempted to have a reunion with Marshawn Lynch in New England this past offseason, but the stars did not align for him. Instead he is stuck playing for a Seattle team led by the clueless Pete Carroll and the overrated Russell Wilson.
Enjoy the gif of the historic interception below: