How About that Conference Championships Post Game Drama?

Jonathan Ferrey

I have to give Richard Sherman some props for being so full of energy after playing such a long and grueling game. I may give an A for his on-the-field performance I can only give him a C+ grade on his post game smack talk performance.

In case you missed it here's what Sherman had to say post-game. This was after getting in Crabtrees face and making the choke sign on the field, for which he was penalized:

Richard Sherman: 'I'm the best corner in the game' - NFL.com
After the game, Sherman then verbally went after Crabtree in an interview with sideline reporter Erin Andrews. "I'm the best corner in the game. When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that is the result you are going to get. Don't you ever talk about me," Sherman shouted. Andrews then asked, "Who was talking about you?" "Crabtree. Don't you open your mouth about the best, or I'm going to shut it for you really quick," Sherman screamed.

So what did Crabtree do to piss Sherman off some much? This reminded me of Smitty's encounter with Janoris Jenkins earlier in the season and so I was thinking he much have been talking about Sherman's family or something during the game. No, it was a little more obscure than that.

Richard Sherman: Michael Crabtree talked in offseason - NFL.com
"Sherman explained that he was angered by something Crabtree had said to him while the two were socializing with other players (including then-49ers receiver Kyle Williams, now with the Kansas City Chiefs) at a function associated with Fitzgerald's charity softball game in Scottsdale, Ariz., last April," Silver wrote. "Sherman wouldn't share specifics, saying only that '(Crabtree) said something to me, and I told him I'd make him pay for it on the field.'"

It was something he said back in April? This isn't the first time these two have squared off this season as Crabtree was back from injury for their week 14 game. Ahhh, the 49ers won that game 19-17 hence Sherman couldn't talk smack then. Do you get to put that in your pocket and use later or does it expire after the first opportunity to 'make him pay on the field'? I'm going to have to get a ruling on that.

Yet even if I look at the quality of Sherman's smack talk I am left disappointed. Of course the bar is high for Panther fans, having the standard bearer Steve Smith who has been perfecting post game smack talk for years. Sherman gets points for intensity and funny faces but he adds no comic flavor, say in the flavor of 'Ice Up Son!' much less 'Rules & Regulations'. So zero style points and maybe even -1 for scaring Erin Andrews off my screen.

Over on the AFC side we have Billichick calling out one of his former players for a 'cheap shot'. My first thought was 'well Bill he can;t turn off what you taught in a snap'. Click through to see a GIF of the play, which I have to agree is pretty obvious.

Belichick on Wes Welker: 'It was a deliberate play ... to take out Aqib' - CBSSports.com
"The way that play turned out, I went back and watched it, which I didn't have a chance to [Sunday]," Belichick said Monday morning, via ESPN Boston. "It was a deliberate play by the receiver to take out Aqib. No attempt to get open. I'll let the league handle the discipline on that play, whatever they decide. It's one of the worst plays I've seen."

Think Welker had any issues with Talib or something? It doesn't seem like something John Fox would sanction. I think it was a designed pick play but they didn't green light him to take the guy out like it happened. If the tables were turned what would Belichick be saying the same play? Would Fox be bringing it up in the post game as a reason for the loss? I doubt it.

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