JERSEY CITY, N.J., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- During an interview with Monday Morning Quarterback after the Seahawks victory over the Broncos, cornerback Richard Sherman said Seattle’s defense had a good idea about the plays Denver was going to run in Super Bowl XLVIII by figuring out Peyton Manning's pre-snap hand signals
"All we did was play situational football," Sherman told the website. "We knew what route concepts they liked on different downs, so we jumped all the routes. Then we figured out the hand signals for a few of the route audibles in the first half."
In addition to Sherman, Seattle’s secondary includes Pro Bowl safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.
“Me, Earl, Kam… we’re not just three All-Pro players. We’re three All-Pro minds,” Sherman said. “Now, if Peyton had thrown in some double moves, if he had gone out of character, we could’ve been exposed.”
The Seahawks forced four turnovers on Sunday -- three by Manning. Seattle thumped Denver 43-8 in one of the most lopsided Super Bowls in recent memory.
Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Chancellor told the Star-Ledger that the team also worked on reading Manning's eye movement during the week leading up to Super Sunday.
"We worked really hard last week at it," Quinn said after the game. "Every single day. We even poured over it on the plane ride over here."
Chancellor concurred. "It just allowed us to see the routes develop,” he said. "We were able to jump a few routes. Just see everything that develops in front of you, playing off of Peyton’s eyes. He takes you right to the ball every time. He’s a great quarterback, but he definitely has tendencies and he takes you to the ball."
[Monday Morning Quarterback] [Star Ledger]