Richard Sherman seemingly no fan of Seahawks new direction after social media spat

Sherman bickered with a fan over a recent move by Seattle.
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Seattle Seahawks "picturegate" is getting a little ridiculous. The team did a little remodeling and everyone is acting like new head coach Mike Macdonald is trying to burn everything that came before to the ground. Literally. Former Seahawk cornerback Richard Sherman also appears upset by Seattle changing out some photos at headquarters.

The issue is that Seattle has a new head coach in the person of Mike Macdonald and Seattle has recently taken down some photos in one room of the team's headquarters that include, according to ESPN reporter Brady Henderson, "like Sherman's tip; Chancellor's pick-six vs. Carolina; Carroll/John Schneider/Paul Allen celebrating with the Lombardi Trophy, Russell Wilson teary-eyed after the (2014 NFC Championship Game)."

To be fair to Macdonald, none of the changes would have been made without the approval of general manager and President of Football Operations John Schneider. It should also be noted that many of the pictures removed will also be able to be seen on a digital video board that will be installed. Macdonald, again likely not doing anything without approval, isn't removing Seattle history but simply moving it.

Richard Sherman argues with fan on social media about Seahawks' "picturegate"

Richard Sherman, however, appears to believe that nothing should be changed. He got into a social media spat this week with a fan about the issue of the pictures. This followed a tweet from Kam Chancellor, who also seemed bothered by the recent change, that said, "You can’t erase 'The Legion.' The standard is already set." The fan whom Sherman confronted on X/Twitter responded to Chancellor by logically saying, "Dog nobody is erasing you. Just tryina not be the Mariners who are stuck reliving 1995."

Maybe the fan, who goes by the handle of MarinersPlight, simply worded his response to Chancellor in too familiar of a way. It is doubtful that Mr. Plight knows Chancellor so to call him "Dog" seems a bit much. Still, Sherman did not care for what MarinersPlight said in general.

Sherman responded with, "Yea I’m sure every great franchise is removing its legendary players pictures from their building because they can’t ever live up to that. Makes sense. Sure the Ravens don’t have pictures of Ray Lewis and that great defense. I’m sure Pittsburg doesn’t have pictures of all the great moments. I’m sure Dallas, SF, NE all remove pictures of the history of their Franchise because of a new coach. Makes sense."

The Patriots, of course, would be unlikely to make any changes because their new coach, Jerod Mayo, played for the former coach, Bill Belichick. Macdonald is completely new to Seattle's organization. As a new coach, he should feel as if he has the freedom to control the on-field product, which includes game preparation and motivation, obviously, because that is what his job title is. Why hire a coach if that coach is going to be micromanaged in everything he does?

MarinersPlight did respond to Sherman and did so quite logically by tweeting, "But replacing a few pictures with video boards is far cry from 'erasing' you. When Pete took the job, lots of old Holmgren era pictures were replaced with new ones. All normal."

I am certainly not in a position to discredit Sherman's opinion about the pictures being changed. Heck, he is in at least one of them so he rightfully feels some ownership. But sometimes emotions get in the way of logic. The pictures are not gone; they will just be shown in a different form. Plus, there are plates with the names of every Seahawks player ever, and photos of current players, in the next room.

Hopefully, once the NFL draft arrives and is gone, picturegate will be over. There will be new players to get to know and hopefully, they will help bring a new era of success. If not, Mike Macdonald will be gone in a few years and the new head coach can take down photos he doesn't want around.

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