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Sherman on secondary: “The chemistry is there.”

Post by Eric Williams on June 12, 2013 at 4:52 pm with 36 Comments »
June 12, 2013 5:44 pm
Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman runs with the ball after intercepting it during practice Monday, June 3, 2013, at an NFL football organized team activity in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman runs with the ball after intercepting it during practice Monday, June 3, 2013, at an NFL football organized team activity in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Something that began during organized team activities continued this week during minicamp – it’s hard to complete a pass of significance against Seattle’s secondary.

Cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner, along with safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor made it hard on Russell Wilson and the rest of Seattle’s offense during 7-on-7 and team drills.

Specifically, I don’t believe Sherman has had a deep pass completed against him in any of the practices open to reporters during this offseason.

Sherman said he’s feeling much more comfortable in Seattle’s defensive scheme heading into his third season.

He chalked up the impressive play from Seattle’s secondary to confidence and film study.

“With teammates like this, sometimes we’ll be out there mid-play and Kam will tell me to jump this (route), and I’ll jump it, because it’s just trust,” Sherman said. “I know he’s going to where he’s supposed to be if he tells me to jump this. We’ll call plays out halfway though the play, and be moving pieces. If you saw it on film you wouldn’t necessarily be able to tell what coverage we’re in, because it’s probably not the most technical way to run it. But it’s works. We’re effective, and the chemistry is there.”

And Sherman reiterated what we’ve been told by defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and his teammates, that the Seahawks will play more man-to-man coverage in the back end defensively.

But as far as specific schemes, Sherman was keeping things close to the vest for a change.

“We’ve got a couple new wrinkles in there,” he said. “Like (San Antonio head coach (Gregg) Popovich said, ‘I don’t want to disclose it on TV.’ We can’t tell you all the little, new wrinkles, but there will be some new things out there.”

Sherman also was asked about San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh’s comments on Tuesday about Seattle’s PED violations.

“I don’t worry about him,” Sherman said. “We keep it here, and we keep it in Seattle. I put it in my notebook – handy dandy.”

Welcome back T-Jack
With Tarvaris Jackson expected to re-sign with the Seahawks on Thursday, Seattle players are ready to welcome their former teammate back with open arms.

“It was kind of sad when he left,” said receiver Sidney Rice, who remains in regular contact with his close friend from the two’s time together in Minnesota. “He didn’t want to go, but it’s just another opportunity for him.”

Rice also addressed the issue of ball distribution. With the addition of Percy Harvin, Rice and other Seattle receivers have been asked if they are concerned about getting enough touches. But Rice said having Harvin will help get him better matchups on the perimeter, and winning cures all.

“We all wanted it (the ball) last year,” joked Rice. “Everybody wanted it last year, but it’s kind of different around here. I think everybody has the mindset that we want to win, and we’ll do whatever it takes to win. So that shouldn’t be an issue.”

Some tidbits

* Rookie defensive lineman Jesse Williams played some 3-tech defensive tackle with the first-unit defense this afternoon.

* Will Blackmon got caught out of position, getting lined up late at cornerback. But he more than made up for it by jumping a ball intended for Doug Baldwin, as Russell Wilson went with a quick count to take advantage of Blakmon being out of position.

* Defensive tackle Jaye Howard flashed on a couple plays today, getting a good pass rush from the inside.

* University of Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian was at practice today, along with former Washington State University head coach Jim Walden. Former Seattle quarterback Jim Zorn was at practice on Tuesday.

* Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner changed his facemask to the same one Ray Lewis made famous to pay homage to the Baltimore middle linebacker who retired after the 2012 season.

* Running back Robert Turbin did not practice this afternoon, but did not appear to be limping on the sidelines. Tight end Zach Miller also did not practice, wearing a boot on his left foot for a second straight day. Tharold Simon (foot), James Carpenter (knee), Chris Clemons (knee), Greg Scruggs (knee) and Percy Harvin (hip) also did not practice. Defensive end Cliff Avril (foot) practiced for a second straight day, but again just went through individual drills.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Does this mean the Harvin practiced today, after sitting out yesterday?

  2. Hey Dukeshire: That’s my bad. Harvin did not practice today.

  3. bbnate420 says:

    Harbarf is in Shem’s notebook. Note to self, don’t miss week 3.

  4. bbnate420 says:

    *Sherm’s

  5. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “And the chemistry is there.”

    That’s what I like to hear.
    So long as our great offense is practicing against our great Defense how are we going to get beat when we play other teams? Not very often imo.

  6. Doesn’t it add just a little joy to your life everyday knowing that we have one of the best groups of DB’s in the league? I’m mean come on…doesn’t it just add a touch of a skip to your step? :)

  7. Carlsonkid says:

    It’s week 2 for the san Fran game bb ..

  8. “Specifically, I don’t believe Sherman has had a deep pass completed against him in any of the practices open to reporters during this offseason.”

    lololol. Brutal. It has to be frustrating at practice sometimes for those WR’s; anyone who’s ever played organized football should understand what I’m talking about.

    And Sherm looks to me like he’s added some lbs., Eric. He can’t be only 195 lbs.

  9. sluggo42 says:

    I gotta believe that they are just getting quite familiar with the offensive plays they are running. But going after each other will make other teams easier to handle.

  10. “I don’t worry about him,” Sherman said. “We keep it here, and we keep it in Seattle.”

    *nod*

    “I put it in my notebook – handy dandy.”

    lol.

  11. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “There comes a time when we heed a certain call”

    “When Seahawk fans must come together as one.”
    “There are teams trying to take the upper hand”
    “To win – the greatest NFL gift of all.”

    “We can’t go on pretending day by day”
    “That some teams, somewhere will make a change.”
    “We are all a part of the Seahawks great big family”

    “And the truth”
    “You know”
    “Wilson is the final piece we need.”

    “We are the fans”
    “We are the Seahawks”

    “We are the ones who make this blog so great”

    “So let’s keep giving.”
    “There’s a choice we’re making ”
    “To be the greatest fans”
    “It’s true”
    “We make the 12th man great”:
    “Just you and me.”

    We are the World.

    Writers-
    Lionel Richie
    Michael Jackson

  12. bbnate420 says:

    Thanks, Carlson. You’re right. I thought it was week 3 off hand for some reason.

  13. bbnate420 says:

    Don’t forget Quincy Jones was the producer, Georgia. He spent some time in Seattle way back when Ray Charles was here.

  14. GeorgiaHawk says:

    bbnate420- I know. Just lazy to give out all the props. There was a time I gave out no props, lol.

  15. Wow, bbnate! You know about music as well as medical stuff and sports; I’m impressed. Did you ever catch Floyd Standifer at El Gaucho? My wife and I did, once, before he passed.

  16. “We all wanted it (the ball) last year,” joked Rice. “Everybody wanted it last year, but it’s kind of different around here. I think everybody has the mindset that we want to win, and we’ll do whatever it takes to win. So that shouldn’t be an issue.”

    This is the way to the goal we all want for this team. Please please please no key injuries this year – this really is shaping up just the way you hope your team goes . . .

  17. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I think our D-line will be one of the most important factors this year moving forward. If they play well, we will be one heck of a team to deal with imo.

    http://www.seahawks.com/news/articles/article-1/Versatility-on-display-when-it-comes-to-D-linemen/6b89ee1b-65b6-4dbf-bec8-263fb780d8e1

  18. raymaines says:

    Rice says: “Everybody wanted it last year, but it’s kind of different around here. I think everybody has the mindset that we want to win, and we’ll do whatever it takes to win. So that shouldn’t be an issue.”

    Translated from Jock speak into normal English: Damn right it’s an issue!

    I think the defense relies more on talented individual players than the offence, which relies more on schemes. Playing the #1’s against each other should benefit the WR’s & QB more than the secondary.

  19. Dukeshire says:

    Quincy moved here as a little boy from Chicago with his family. He went to Garfield High.

    Nice Floyd Standifer drop. I’m sure next to no one on this blog has ever heard of him. Very nice.

  20. tylerwyler says:

    I’m one degree of separation (musically) from Floyd Standifer… He used to play a bunch with a legendary local piano player named Kenny Kimball, whom I had the privilege of studying with and playing with during my junior/senior years in HS and freshman year of college. In fact, my sophomore year of college was paid for via The Ken Kimball Memorial Scholarship. (RIP)

  21. Tylerwyler–that’s awesome!

    Dukeshire–yeah, standifer chose to stay in Seattle and raise a family rather than tour and be a national pro musician like QJ, but he was maybe even better, adept at both trumpet and sax. What a great man! I just wish I’d had the money back then to see him more often.

    Nice to see the connections between Seattle culture and sports are still strong!

  22. Rice is making pretty huge money to be happy with whatever passes he gets, especially since his hip injury seems to have cost him some speed. Reading between the lines, it seems Carrol intends to feed Tate and Harvin and even Baldwin, and Rice is an afterthought and a likely cap casualty, especially if Harper shows promise.

  23. chuck_easton says:

    STTBM,

    Are you suggesting Rice could be cut this season? While I never say never, I think I have a better chance at winning the lottery than does Rice getting cut.

    I could see the team talking about a salary restructure in 2014 but I would be shocked to see anything done this season.

    No matter how much you like Tate remember Harvin and Rice are both considered in the national talk as being two of the top 50 WRs in the NFL. Tate isn’t on the list.

  24. Dukeshire says:

    I’ll say it: Rice will never get cut this season.

  25. montanamike2 says:

    He might restructure to stay on the team next year, but he makes too much and we have core players to lock up.

  26. juliusvrooder says:

    Now I got that song in my head.

    Damn you Georgia! Damn I say!

    Oh well, how many sessions feature Willie Nelson and Cyndi Lauper together..?

  27. No, Rice won’t be cut barring a total loss of skills due to his cap number. But it sounds like Seattle has dropped him down the food chain for targets.

    Chuck, lists are crap. Seattle doesn’t care where others rank players, only how those players fit their system. Rice no longer has the speed to be elite and is declining already; ie, not worth the money.

    The rest of the league is always a step behind when evaluating our players. Tate has a far higher ceiling than Rice at this point, and is already more valuable and less expensive. I would take Tate and his rapidly excellent sting potential over Rice and his declining performance and big contract any day. IMO, Tate will get more money than Rice after this season, whether it’s here or elsewhere.

  28. Rapidly excellerating potential. Damn autocorrect!

  29. PugetHawk says:

    Sherman’s “handy, dandy” line is hilarious.

    Also, I like Wagner wearing the mortal combat mask that Lewis wore last season. Looks mean.

  30. MoSeahawk12 says:

    I didn’t see any indication that Rice was declining already. He had his best year as a Seahawk last year and made a lot of tough catches and made big plays. Don’t recall any dropped passes as well. Made it through the entire season only missing one game I think. He is a terrific player on this team and I can’t see him going anywhere this season as well. He’s far from done and with Harvin in the fold will have even more opportunities to impact this season, as he and Russell develop better chemistry.

  31. chuck_easton says:

    Add to that Rice is only 26 years old.

    He is definitely the #1 or #2 at worst receiver on the team.

    Neither Tate or Baldwin have surpassed him yet.

    Now if we are having this conversation in March of 2014 things might look drastically different. But right now he’s the starting Flanker with Tate on the other side and Harvin in the slot.

  32. tchristensen says:

    I won’t be surprised if Jesse Williams is the starting 3-tech for the first regular season game. The kid in a monster.

  33. sluggo42 says:

    rapidly excellent sting potential

    I kinda like that one slave…

  34. Sluggo–yeah, autocorrect is pretty funny sometimes!

  35. For the money he’s making,Rice could be phased out. Training camp will tell. The development of Chris Harper will play a part. He’s the big strong guy that could replace Rice. This is a contract year, so I will not be surprised either way.

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