SEATTLE - OCTOBER 30: A. J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals cathes a touchdown pass in the second quarter against Earl Thomas #29 of the Seattle Seahawks on October 30, 2011 at Century Link Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
In the wake of the Bengals 34-12 win in Seattle, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman took a couple shots at Bengals rookie wide receiver A.J. Green, saying, "I would say he's probably one of the most overrated receivers out there. He wasn't anything special." He added later that while Andy Dalton was a good quarterback, Green was just "a lot of noise talking and bad routes."
In the game, Green caught one long 43-yard touchdown pass, but two of the long passes thrown to him were intercepted. Before he responded to what Sherman said, Green said on Wednesday that he feel he let his quarterback down by not being able to go up and get the ball when he threw it up and that his route running was a little slack and he couldn't release off the line properly.
"A lot of the balls that I went up for, nine out of 10 I make those (catches)," said Green on Wednesday. "I feel like Andy has to be confident in me that he can throw it up and I can catch it. I feel like I let him down by not playing the ball as well. But that’s some of the things I’m going to go through and I’ll adjust well."
"I think I did some things that I don’t usually do; some slack route running," said Green. "I feel coming off that bye week I didn’t have the proper release I needed to get off with their long corners. But they did a great job. I feel like they played their technique well. We didn’t adjust as well. I didn’t have the game that I wanted but it will be like that. When you’re trying to make that step you’re going to go through bumps and being a rookie I’m going to have to learn some more releases. I’ll just keep working at it."
When it came to responding to what Sherman said, Green was the epitome of class. He didn't run his mouth and throw insults back or even say anything as simple as "scoreboard." Instead, Green just said he doesn't pay attention to what people say and that when the fourth-quarter whistle blows, he's done with the talking.
"I don’t even pay attention to that stuff. People are going to talk. He had a good game and he’s a good player," said Green. "Between the lines I’m going to talk. If you’re going to talk to me I’m going to talk to you but once it’s over I’m going to leave that there. You’ve got to leave it on the field and don’t hold no grudges… I talk every day but once that whistle blows and the fourth quarter is over it’s back to normal."
Perfect answer in my opinion.