Richard Sherman: Legion of Boom cracked Manning’s hand signals

Richard Sherman: Legion of Boom cracked Manning’s hand signals

The Seattle Seahawks have revealed that a good part of their defensive strategy at the Super Bowl came from the fact that they were able to decode Peyton Manning’s hand signals on the field.

Controversial corner back Richard Sherman said that he and his fellow defenders cracked the code that the Denver Broncos quarterback was using, meaning that they knew exactly what to expect for each play.

‘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 said. …

The Stanford-educated football player, who took criticism and was fined for his self-agrandizing speech following the NFC Championship playoff game, later described the Super Bowl as ‘playing chess, not checkers’. …

Manning is said to change [the signals] every game but this time the other team was paying very close attention early on, explaining how they were able to thwart his plans in the first quarter.

The other problem that plagued Manning was that he didn’t switch up the system after realizing that it wasn’t working.

‘Now, if Peyton had thrown in some double moves, if he had gone out of character, we could’ve been exposed,’ Sherman said.

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