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Morning links: USA Today columnist to Sherman — Shhh!

Post by Eric Williams on March 7, 2013 at 10:35 am with 24 Comments »
March 7, 2013 10:37 am
Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman (25) talks with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 24-23. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman (25) talks with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 24-23. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Longtime NFL scribe Jarrett Bell of USA Today writes that he likes everything that Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman stands for as Stanford graduate who made it out of Compton, Calif, and as a fifth round draft pick quickly developed into one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.

However, Bell says that Sherman’s silly, off-the-field antics are overshadowing his play on the field.

It’s an interesting take from Bell, but one I don’t totally agree with. Sherman’s antics are more playful banter than mean-spirited tough talk. And in talking with other players and folks who cover the NFL, I don’t get the sense that his behavior is affecting his perception around the league. People who watch the game know Sherman can play.

Bell: “He is an amazing success story, wrapped in will, skill and quick wits. He made it out of Compton, Calif. Yet execute a Google search, and the menu is littered with foolishness, much of it stemming from a recent Twitter beef with New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis.

What a shame.

Sherman — who also has made news for taunting Tom Brady and for winning an appeal of a four-game NFL suspension for the banned substance Adderall — has so much to offer, but he’s building a reputation fueled by idiocy.”

Clare Farnsworth of provides more information on Sherman’s SWAG (Students With A Goal) tour to neighborhood schools in south central Los Angeles.

ESPN’s Josina Anderson reports that according to an NFL source, four teams have contacted free agent defensive back Charles Woodson expressing interest, including the Seahawks, Dolphins, Jets and Giants.

Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated puts Woodson on his list of top 10 potential busts in free agency, wondering how much the veteran defensive back has left in the tank.

Mike Garafolo of USA Today writes that Washington State University and Rogers High of Puyallup graduate Brandon Gibson is gaining steam as a productive receiver and inexpensive alternative available in free agency.

Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports writes that this year’s draft has a deep pool of talent at defensive line, with as many as 20 defensive linemen projected to go in the first two rounds. Kirwan offers a nice breakdown of what type of player teams are looking for at each position of a 4-3 and 3-4 alignment.

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  1. trout_hound says:

    Interesting take on Charles Woodson vs Ed Reed:

    I’m happy we have great safeties. Not sure how we could use Reed, but Woodson could be a nickel corner. But dang, that veteran leadership could take our D over the top, assuming we improve our pass rush as well.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    I agree with Eric: Sherman seems to be having more fun with it all than simply being an “idiot” or being malicious. Bell may want to lighten up a bit.

  3. Autenpus says:

    An observation: it seems to me that Sherman is just a confident, cocky guy who likes to talk. He’s rarely, if at all malicious in his talk, just confident and often playful. Other examples of people with these traits in the NFL include Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers, even Matt Hasselbeck. Do you all think the public perception of Richard would be the same if he wasn’t a black dude from Compton?

    Just a question to you all …

  4. ChrisHolmes says:

    I’m a little perplexed by the interest in Woodson. He’s accustomed to being a starting corner – in other words, playing against the sideline and using it to help out. I don’t see Woodson possessing the agility/quickness to play the slot DB position. Maybe 8 years ago, but not now. Not to mention, he’s a grabby type; he already takes penalties with a sideline aiding him. Imagine if he’s in the slot… yellow flag.

    I’d rather spend that money elsewhere.

  5. JazBadAzz says:

    People that don’t like the talk probably really likes who he talking too…LOL
    Keep talking Sherm!!!!

  6. @chris – he was playing safety/nickel in ’12 with the packers when he got hurt (broken collarbone); and was a key guy for them as recently as ’11 when he had 7 picks. Plus he’s a veteran (who will be in the HOF someday), who has always been a total competitor and playmaker. I think with once-elite guys like him, those end of career years can still be very useful to a team that has plenty of athleticism around him.

  7. News flash: USA journalist bites the hand that feeds him while feeding at the same time.

  8. bbnate420 says:

    I agree, pdway. Woodson is a very versatile DB. Hardly just an outside the numbers CB. I wouldn’t invest a lot in him though.

  9. Yeah, agree w/that too – – I just think that with a team that has the look of a SB contender (and it also doesn’t hurt that we have a player-friendly coach too)- – you can get these kind of former star type players who are looking for a last couple years in their career playing w/a chance to win it all. At least that’s what I’m hoping for in the case of all these guys like Woodson, Freeney, Abraham, etc. that are avaiable this year. The key, of course, is for our coach/gm to accurately evaluate how much these guys have left.

  10. Richard Sherman is one of the best things that have happened to the Seahawks and Seattle sports in general. End of story.

    Go Hawks!

  11. I love Sherman the player and don’t give a rip about what he says in the flow of the game. When the game is done he needs to put a cork in it. (of course that is my opinion)

    Him running down Brady after the game is just stupid ( you could also use the words, juvenile or immature) – if someone did that to RW, EVERYONE would be irate. I want the guys on our team to win and then show a little better sportsmanship AFTER the game is done.

    The whole Sherman vs Revis thing at the Super Bowl is intended to be funny and I felt it was so I don’t have any problems with that – and Sherm even said, he (Revis) was injured and when he was healthy he would be right back int he conversation, but since he wasn’t healthy he isn’t in the conversation now.

  12. banosser says:

    Did you know that Brady started the whole thing with his comments about turning the 12th man against the Hawks?? Sherm stood up for ALL of us… Brady got exactly what he deserved.. thanks Sherm!

  13. SteelKubrick says:

    “Sherman’s antics are more playful banter than mean-spirited tough talk.”

    Did anyone catch Sherman on First Take making a fool of himself? His Compton is showing.

  14. Dukeshire says:

    Yes, because everyone from Compton is a fool.

  15. Until Sherm starts getting DUI’s, domestic violence charges, getting arrested in any sort, how about we just be happy for how freaking good he is on the field? We have all been waiting for a team with confidence like this forever. He’s a stud on the field. He will be a reason this team gets deep into the playoffs and hopefully the SB. Who cares what he says until he becomes a thug and is caught sleeping at the wheel high as a kite. Be happy about Sherm, he is not a bad guy. My 2 cents

  16. Most NFLers outside Southern Alaska wouldn’t even know who Sherman was if it weren’t for his personality. He’s giving this team a cocky identity and I like it. As others have said, he’s messing with people – not being a total jerk or getting into trouble with the law.

  17. SandpointHawk says:

    Steel, I got a lot of friends from Compton. You just proved yourself a fool….

  18. raymaines says:

    I’m an old fat white guy that likes country music almost as much as classic rock, find tough guy gangsta rap & hip hop nonsense annoying, I’m at least as grumpy as Dave Wyman, etc. etc. You know the profile.

    Love Richard Sherman! Talk on young man.

  19. Autenpus says:

    Steel – Thanks for answering my question!

  20. Autenpus, I think the best comparison is of Sherman to Rivers.
    One could say that Sherm is the more articulate, intelligent, and well-educated of the two, and Rivers would admit that he’s a good old southern boy. So why does Sherm get labeled an idiot while Rivers is just “intense” and “competitive”? They both like to talk and that intensity comes from the fact that they are very competitive. They both probably talk too much for their own good, but I don’t mind it one bit. I miss those golden years when GP would yap it up and then back it up.

    SteelKubrick, I just watched that FirstTake clip, and I think he came across as pretty intelligent and articulate. He’s also pretty good natured, and doesn’t take things too seriously. I agree with everyone that he has no malicious intent in his comments, and is just trying to stir it up and get inside his opponent’s head. I hate to say it, but your true colors are showing in that comment you made.
    Let me guess, you can say stuff like that because you have a lot of black friends?

  21. Sherman is the mouthpiece of the team, who’s going to be the voice of the Hawks?
    Lynch? He’s damn near silent, but that works for him – he lets his physical play define him, yet he is deemed a thug and a malcontent for his conduct off the field.
    Wilson? He’s amazing, but robots don’t speak well on their feet – he isn’t programmed to talk trash.
    Thomas? He probably talks too fast for us to hear, for all we know he talks all the time but we can hear fast enough to recognize it as speaking.
    That really leaves Sherman… He likes to talk, he’s a Stanford grad, so he may be the most intelligent player on the team (at least he has the paper to back such a claim). He didn’t start with Revis, Revis got stupid, tried to dog him out and Sherman’s too proud and too smart for Revis and his 3-years (no degree) of Pitt education. So he didn’t let Revis off the hook and kept at it. At the end of the day, he didn’t disrespect Revis, he just pointed out that Revis wasn’t in the NFL last year, he was on the operating table/rehabing… let’s see if post-ACL Revis is the best CB in the game, my money’s on Sherman.

    As for this latest “debate” with Skip Bayless… Bayless earned having is ass handed to him. Sherman didn’t get loud and didn’t resort to threats, embarrassment or anything else that 99% of athletes turn to in a debate. He called Bayless out for being a blowhard idiot. He is that, we all know he is, Sherman just said it to his face. That makes people uncomfortable because we as a society don’t like confrontation. This guy who wrote this piece should focus on who’s right in these debates… Sherm is 3-0 so far.
    1. Brady started it, Sherm & Earl finished it.
    2. Revis felt disrespect when Sherm left him off the list of top CBs. Sherm explained the reason (injury) and Revis mouthed off – Sherm gave us the stats and left it at that (classy).
    3. Bayless is wrong and plays devil’s advocate to get ratings, Sherm called him out and didn’t let him off the hook. Sherm’s right and everyone knows it, regardless of how uncomfortable it made YOU feel – Bayless deserves it. He calls guys he doesn’t even know “crybabies”, “losers”, and other worse things all the damn time.

  22. doubledink says:

    Regarding the Compton type comments, a lot of the issue is people’s perception from their own culture. I harass and hurl insults at friends and coworkers as part of our banter. But doing so consistent with my culture, I use different expressions and tones of voice to do it in ways that my peers find acceptable. Its all part of the game. People (lots of white folks) react to his displays because they are uncomfortable or unfamiliar with the culture that it is derived from. A lot of the reaction to him would diminish if folks had more interaction with people different from themselves. I think a lot of this is cultural distance.

  23. raymaines says:

    doubledink: Great post and I couldn’t agree more. Each of us can only bring what we’ve got to the party. I simply can’t bring a Compton background or Stanford education to this party, but venues like this blog allow us to interact and our opinions and thus our cultures kind of cross pollinate. All of us are better for the experience.

  24. thursday says:

    @Autenpus, no it would not. which is why i’m fine with all his banter. people that need to be made uncomfortable are being made uncomfortable.

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