Sherman was also adamant his scrum-inducing hit on Marcus Mariota was legal — and says the Titans QB agreed with him.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Richard Sherman was called for three penalties on one play Sunday, and got flagged for another in the second quarter that ignited a brief sideline brawl.
But as he made clear at the time with his protests, Sherman said later he wasn’t sure he was deserving of any of the penalties, all part of what was a flag-marred first half.
Sherman’s first penalty came on a third-down pass in the first quarter when officials decided he had interfered with Tennessee receiver Eric Decker. A Marcus Mariota pass intended for Decker instead flew into the hands of Kam Chancellor for an apparent interception.
But then a flag flew. And then another as Sherman was called for holding Decker on the return.
When Sherman took off his helmet to argue, he then was hit with another penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Sherman said later he thought he handled everything correctly in undercutting Decker and jumping the route.
“The flag came after Kam caught the ball,’’ Sherman said. “You don’t have a problem with the flag being thrown if they called what they called (during the play). But when it happens after a big play, then it raises some eyebrows, raises some suspicions. Then his explanation was very poor.’’
Sherman said he was trying to ask what the refs said and an official told him, “Get away from me. But I can ask what you saw — I’m not disrespecting you in any way. I want to know what you saw so I can correct my decision.’’
Sherman’s attempt to get that information continued through a timeout when he had a long discussion with umpire John King.
“That had a huge impact on the game,’’ Sherman said. “That’s a turnover. We played the play right, did everything we were supposed to do and then you make that call. His explanation was that I had pulled Eric by inside his jersey or something like that, which is a strange call for him to make because we are face-to-face and he’s at Eric’s back. So either he has X-ray vision or I am missing something. So I need a better explanation than that because there’s no way you saw anything from that angle.’’
In the second quarter, Sherman hit Mariota as he was running out of bounds to the Titans’ sideline. That had Tennessee players leaping to Mariota’s defense, with players on each side then getting…