SEATTLE - OCTOBER 30: Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks makes an interception against A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals at CenturyLink Field on October 30, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. The Bengals defeated the Seahawks 34-12.(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Much has been made of rookie wide receiver A.J. Green, having his name called out by Richard Sherman, who was a wide receiver converted cornerback in college. Two passes intended for Green during Cincinnati's 34-12 win over the Seattle Seahawks led to interceptions. The first one, a deep pass down the right sidelines, was slightly under-thrown with Sherman attached to Green's hip. Sherman picked off the pass uncontestedly.
And Green felt terrible about it.
"Andy has to be confident in me that he can throw it up and I can catch it," Green said. "I feel like I let him down by not playing the ball as well."
Wait. Green's remorse is about letting Andy Dalton down? Every day that passes, marking the calendar as a completed day, there's something new that not only surprises me, it fills me up with this lasting impression that this team is the most cohesive unit I think we've ever witnessed.
As for the interception, we believed at the time (and still do), that Green should have at the very least committed an offensive pass interference to disrupt Sherman's ascent to the football. A penalty outweighs a possible turnover and really, it's not like officials call pass interference against the offense all that often so he may have gotten away with it. But he's a rookie that just completed seven games into his impressive campaign. He'll get it.