Post Update: Video Has Surfaced That Baker Mayfield Did Appear To Shake Hands With Richard Sherman, Although It Remains Uncertain, Prior To The Coin Toss. However, Mayfield Opted Not To Shake Hands And Run Off The Field After The Toss.
Richard Sherman has never been afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve. Since entering the National Football League in 2011 as a fifth-round pick, the former Pro Bowl corner-back has been talking trash, while backing it up with his excellent pass-defense skills on the field. Now, the outspoken San Francisco 49ers defender’s focus has gravitated towards Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, after the second year signal-caller refused to shake hands during the coin-toss of their game on Monday Night Football.
During a postgame interview, NFL.com reported Sherman said, “What’s amazing, and annoying, was him not shaking hands at the beginning. That’s some college s—. It’s ridiculous. We’re all trying to get psyched up, but shaking hands with your opponent — that’s NFL etiquette. And when you pull bush league stuff, that’s disrespectful to the game. And believe me, that’s gonna get us fired up.”
Clearly, the 49ers’ defense took the snub as a sign of disrespect. The unit destroyed Mayfield on the field, and then Sherman’s comments continued to plague the Browns’ QB after the game. Sherman got his payback early on during the Browns’ second possession, when the corner intercepted a Mayfield pass during the 49ers’ 31-3 victory.
Overall, the 49ers’ defense defended seven Mayfield passes, to go along with two interceptions, three forced fumbles and four sacks for the game. Baker’s efforts were constricted by the 49ers’ deflating pass rush, as he had one of the worst games of his career by passing for only 100 yards, while completing just 8 of 22 passes and managing no touchdowns. For the game, Baker garnered an abysmal 13.4 passer rating.
According to NFL.com, Sherman also added “He hasn’t earned anything in this league. How many games has he won? He’s acting like he was the MVP last year. If [Patrick] Mahomes did that, it would be one thing. But he would never do that, because he has too much respect for the game. And when you see a guy who doesn’t? You humble him every chance you get. Because eventually, he will have respect for the league — or he’ll be out of it.”
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