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Richard Sherman says bad NFL rules are made by 'a bunch of guys who never played'

Sherman says Roger Goodell's idea to eject players for multiple unsportsmanlike penalties is "foolish."

The NFL is likely to pass a rule ejecting players who receive two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in a single game and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman isn't a fan of the idea.

In an interview with ESPN, Sherman took aim at NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who proposed the idea in February, and said that other rules, like the confusing catch rule, stem from non-players serving as executives in the league.

"I think it's foolish, but I mean, it sounds like something somebody who's never played the game would say, something that they would suggest," Sherman said of Goodell's proposal. "Because he doesn't understand. He's just a face. He's just a suit. He's never stepped foot on the field and understood how you can get a personal foul."

Sherman, 27, asserted that the rules would be less confusing if former players with years of experience in the NFL had more involvement.

"You've got a bunch of suits doing it," Sherman said. "Let Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin talk about it for about 20-30 minutes. Maybe Cris Carter, Randy Moss, let those guys have a roundtable discussion about what a catch should be and come up with a rule.

"I guarantee you it'd be more effective than the rule they have now because those are pass catchers, those are some of best pass catchers we've had. I think it'd be more straightforward and to the point, but you've got a bunch of guys who have never played. They probably touched a football, to hold out or shake someone's hand and take a picture, but they've never played the game."

Sherman has never been shy about sharing his opinions and has taken shots at the NFL in the past. In October, he called the league hypocritical for saying it cares about players, while putting their health at risk with Thursday Night Football games.

In 2014, the Seahawks cornerback expressed frustration about the NFL's lack of professionalism in negotiations with the NFLPA on a new personal conduct policy.