If you watched this year’s Super Bowl XLVIII as a Broncos fan, the Denver performance seemed to be a complete letdown, something I’m sure no one expected… but was it really Denver’s own fault, or the undoing of the NFL’s star quarterback by the Seattle Seahawks?
Richard Sherman, corner back of the Seattle Seahawks, claims that they were able to crack Peyton Manning’s hand signals and calls and were able to use that knowledge to their advantage during the game.
“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,” states Sherman.
Cheating? Sherman doesn’t seem to think so, saying, “All we did was play situational football,” to Sports Illustrated’s blog.
Now, it may be an underhanded or a dirty trick to use in the Super Bowl, but it is not necessarily ‘cheating’ in the sense of the word. It was, however, the Seahawks finding a way to give themselves an enormous advantage over the Broncos, a tool that lead to the crushing defeat of the Broncos and the shifting of momentum way too far for Denver to recover.
Peyton Manning, the quarterback of the Broncos and star NFL player, appeared a bit off in the Super Bowl – a surprise to most people, as he has been in the spotlight many times before. It seems to be that the Seahawks signal-reading worked rather well, and definitely explains the unexpected performance by Manning and the Broncos, with a final score of 43-8. “It’s not embarrassing at all. I would never use that word,” Manning states after the game. “The word ’embarrassing’ is an insulting word, to tell you the truth.”
So, all in all, was it cheating for Seattle to crack Manning’s code? Not necessarily. Unfair? Definitely.
What do you think about the Seahawks method of playing the Super Bowl? Was it cheating or just strategy? Was it right for Seattle to do that? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!