In my story today, while reporters huddled around Richard Sherman’s locker with a Seahawks media relations person looking on, the Seattle cornerback remained up-beat about playing this weekend at Chicago.
Sherman said he won’t let the possibility of a four-game suspension for his alleged violation of the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy serve as a distraction.
“Not at all,” Sherman said. “It doesn’t affect me at all. It happens like that a lot. There’s always a misunderstanding and mishaps, and all you can do is continue to go about your job the same way you’ve been going about it and let things play themselves out.”
And others like Golden Tate are following Sherman’s lead.
“Honestly, I personally don’t have time to think about, ‘What if we do have guys? Or what if we don’t have guys?’ ” Tate said. “I’ve got to prepare myself to help this team win, and that’s the only thing I’m focusing on. I pray for the best for the situation for those guys, and that’s the only thing I can really do.”
Dave Boling of The News Tribune has second thoughts about proclaiming this year’s defense as one of the best in franchise history. Boling: “Perhaps the most relevant numbers are these: Last year, the Seahawks held opponents to 3.8 yards per rush. This season, the average is 4.6. The inability to stop the run changes almost everything about how the defensive scheme can operate.”
Jerry Brewer of The Seattle Times writes that the league’s convoluted substance abuse policy is partially to blame for Browner and Sherman’s situation in Seattle. Brewer: “o be fair to the accused, the NFL wants the process to be private, but it is available for all to scrutinize now. Little about the process is clear or welcome for explanation. And so, in a crazy twist, Browner and Sherman are victims who might soon be outlaws.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com talks with a sore-footed Red Bryant, who says he’ll find a way to make it out onto the field on Sunday.
ESPN’s Mike Sando notes that all of Seattle’s remain opponents except for San Francisco are among the league’s bottom feeders in completed passes outside the numbers, where Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner reside.
Michael Wright of ESPN Chicago writes about Bears passing game coordinator Jeremy Bates matching up against the person that fired him as offensive coordinator in Seattle, Pete Carroll. “It was just time to move on,” Carroll told Chicago-area reporters during his Wednesday conference call. “We made changes in what happened with our running game and the whole staff so it just fit better to do what we’re doing now. We wish him the best.”
Brian Burke writing for the New York Times Fifth Down Blog gives Seattle a 52 percent win chance on the road against Chicago.
Adam Jahns of The Chicago Sun-Times writes that Bears first round draft choice Gabe Carimi is currently slated to start at right guard for the first time in his career. That should be a good match up for Brandon Mebane.