Madden NFL 15 Box Art Emerges -- What Is Richard Sherman Doing?

Box art for this year's professional football game shows controversial cornerback striking a strange pose.

Ahead of the game's release in August, retailers like Amazon and GameStop have posted the box art for Madden NFL 15. It shows controversial cover star Richard Sherman, a cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks, striking a strange pose that we can't quite get our head around.

EA Sports says Madden NFL 15 is improving defense, so maybe Sherman's gesture is meant to be interpreted as, "No, you're not getting by me!" Or, as Joystiq wonders, Sherman is extending his hand in search of a high-five. What do you think he's doing?

Sherman's pose is not the only thing that stands out from the Madden NFL 15 box art. Noted sports game writer Pasta Padre points out that his Nike Vapor Jet gloves and shoes have never appeared in a Madden game before. Despite Nike taking on the license for in-game equipment, it's Reebok equipment that is actually featured in the game, he writes.

Madden NFL 15 launches August 26 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4. For more, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Archangel2222
Archangel2222

Thats what he does when he expects a deep pass like a hail mary. He is palming the defender back to not get by him while he starts back peddling to make sure he is protecting the deep zone pass to stay infront of his man

nosekills
nosekills

High-five ? Noooo

He's just showing the number of cornerbacks in the league last year  that had more passes defensed than him.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Looks like he's getting read to "surfboardt" Beyonce style. 

brandonmshanks
brandonmshanks

I assumed it was a pleading position, pleading with the WRs in the league to not show everyone how overrated he is.

radioman70
radioman70

If they would have put the ball in his other hand, it's a stiff arm as he runs the ball back for a touchdown. Or maybe he's extending a hand to Michael Crabtree...lol

bigluvins
bigluvins

 At least the cover art is an accurate representation of the quality of the product now.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Yes, that's doesn't look derpy AT ALL.


Looks like some six year old threw this together in MS Paint.

delusionaltool
delusionaltool

well this article wasted 1 min of my life id like back. Who cares what hes doing and his pose.

kenpachi212
kenpachi212

he looks like he's fuc$ing the "EA" logo

joshua6775
joshua6775

He's warding off the specter of injury that haunts 97% of Madden cover athletes.

Setzera
Setzera

Looks like he is about to break in to dance.

nitro73
nitro73

"Stop, in the name of looooove! Before you break my heaaaart!"

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

Also, is it just me, or does it look like this is a model and they photoshopped ice cube's face inside the helmet? HEHEHHEHEHE

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

Bump and run.  Looks funny without the other person, huehuehue.

Buck_Swaggler
Buck_Swaggler

Isn't it obvious?


He's about to shoot a repulsor blast

sirapathetic01
sirapathetic01

Is this really a question in the article? Who the heck cares? It's not like he's holding up the middle finger.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Since 15 in this case means 2015 and we're getting a new Star Wars movie then, I can't draw any other conclusion than him trying to Force Push someone/something. I do this all the time with automatic doors, but most only open when you're quite close, so you can't do a proper pose and pretend like you're using the Force. However, my local library has sensors that allows you to stand a few feet from the door and thrust forward your hand and see the doors open.

Oozyrat
Oozyrat

Looks like a normal stiff-arm. What's off about it..?

Bili5
Bili5

Mr. Richard is inspiring Eddie to write some news.

SlimeSwayze
SlimeSwayze

Basically, he's playing his position.  He is a cornerback.  They cover receivers. More specifically, it's called bump and run coverage, and Sherman is one of the best cover corners in the league.  I guess there isn't anyone at Gamespot who actually knows enough about football to write this "article". 

blueknight1st
blueknight1st

Looks to me like he is holding hand up as if to say "Quit buying the same game year after year."

DarkJedi8_basic
DarkJedi8_basic

Telling the world the Madden Curse isn't real...he hopes.

yotaruvegeta
yotaruvegeta

Powering up for an energy blast, obviously.

JtheGrind
JtheGrind

It's a simple straight arm on a invisible receiver so the they don't get a clean run up the field. Just show you that game spot people don't know anything about sports...generally

rasterror
rasterror

Stop in the name of love, before you brake my heart?

homey_d_clown
homey_d_clown

As a fan of the Burgandy and Gold is it:

The amount of minutes left in his 15 minutes of fame?

The amount of games they will win this year?

or there is something on his hand, it stinks and he wants you to smell it.

All jokes, the man can play ball!

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

"Hold it, guys! I've got to take a dump!"

AceKWM
AceKWM

He is pressing a receiver off the line and turning to run with him, its just an invisible receiver

tomservo51
tomservo51

Telling EA to "STOP" making crappy iterations of Madden every year.

sanchango
sanchango

@delusionaltool not to be rude or anything, but why did you click on it in the first place. It's not like the title of the article was being cryptic or anything.

Zerabp
Zerabp

@Oozyrat Why would he be stiff-arming without the ball in his hand... I think that's the point my guess it honestly it's Nike marketing.

Zerabp
Zerabp

@SlimeSwayze he would use both hands to push the receiver not one this is marketing by Nike nothing more.

Zerabp
Zerabp

@JtheGrind Except 1. its called a stiff arm and 2. He would be using both arm to control the receiver. Have any of you who think you know sports even watched an NFL game let alone played the actual sport? This is Nike marketing. Stiff arming is an offensive move 95% of the the time. the other 5% it's called Pass Interference.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@rasterror That would be my other guess, but being a Star Wars nerd I went with trying to use Force Push.

SlimeSwayze
SlimeSwayze

@Zerabp Nope. A good corner doesn't face the WR straight up and push with both hands.  That's a great way to get burned.  They use one arm while they're turning their hips so they can turn down field and follow the receiver.  Again, that's what Sherman is good at, and that's why he is doing it here.

Bili5
Bili5

@SlimeSwayze @Bili5 @Oozyrat 

Copying lame article, week later. That's classy!

I'd like to notice that both "authors" have polish name. I smell conspiracy!

Zerabp
Zerabp

@SlimeSwayze Not true at all the only time a corner would use one hand is if the ball is over thrown specifically to put space between them and the receiver to make a play on the ball any contact before the ball is thrown will be with the body and both hands doing everything short of holding to slow the receiver down.

Sherman especially rarely even has to engage in bumping the receiver because contrary to what you said Sherman is faster than 99% of the receivers he faces off against thus he is able to control the receiver without the need of slowing them down. He is great because he can keep up and on almost any given play able to make a play for the ball. 

I played football my whole life by the way and have taken a turn at most positions (and yes I mean the sport not madden or other video games). If you are slower than the receiver you use both hands short of holding to slow them down until the ball is thrown. If you are faster and as mobile you don't even touch the receiver to avoid PI (Pass interference) and if the ball is coming your way and you are behind the receiver then you might strike a pose similar to this to make a play for the ball. I say similar because he isn't looking in the air and there isn't a receiver right next to him. He looks more like Gandalf saying "YOU SHALL NOT PASS"  Than Richard Sherman doing what he does best.

Zerabp
Zerabp

@HollywoodRPG @Zerabp as you can see in this video the one hand jab is only used at the line of scrimmage to slow down the receiver enough to get a good two handed push. Also as shown and stated in the video for any of these moves the corner should be backpedaling which Sherman is clearly not doing in the picture. as his front foot is planted while his back foot is lifted. The pose is plain and simply the way it is because Nike offered him and EA money to show off their logo on the shoe and jersey. It's the same reason that in Goonies it only shows their feet when they are climbing down the fireplace grate. Anyone who thinks this pose would ever be seen made by a defensive player who doesn't have the ball does not understand  American football.

echolonMan30
echolonMan30

@Zerabp @HollywoodRPG OMG pause it at 1:38 dude. That is the exact pose that Sherman is in. The two hand or the one hand is correct when playing corner. Get over it, you're wrong.


Play some football. 3/4 of you weight is on the front foot as you JAB with your hand open, just like Sherman. Everything is correct except he looks like he's putting all of his weight on the front foot. Big deal.