Because of the short week, today was treated like Wednesday normally would. So, that meant Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman took the podium.
On to the quick hits:
> Wilson said when he does a self-evaluation, he looks at a lot of small things first. He thinks about his footwork, handoffs, if he’s always booting out, is the ball placement where he wants it to be, the depth of his drop. “I really do feel like when my fundamentals are on in every way possible, that’s when I’m at my best,” Wilson said.
> Wilson also said he meets every Monday with Pete Carroll for about an hour to talk about offense and the next week’s opponent. Wilson said Carroll’s intimate knowledge of defensive techniques is helping him understand how to attack defenses. “So I kind of hear his voice and what he’s thinking,” Wilson said. “We always talk throughout the game, as well.”
> When comparing Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson to Richard Sherman, Wilson said that Peterson is “lightning fast” and similar in size to Sherman. Sherman’s analysis of Peterson was interesting. He said he thought Peterson is a “way better athlete” than he is, which allows Peterson to play a little looser and recover with his speed. Sherman said he has to play technical at all times in order to be as effective as he is.
> Both Wilson and Sherman had very positive things to say about Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is one of the most respected players in the league. Sherman and Wilson both lauded Fitzgerald’s professionalism.
> Wilson said he is staying a little later each day during the short week in order to get all his preparation in.
> Wilson also reiterated he felt like he was “in the flow” last Sunday. He said there was one specific play he wish he had back (though didn’t specify).
> In the red zone, Wilson said he needs to be “a little quicker on reads.” He also said going 2-for-5 down there wasn’t good enough.
> Asked again about when to run, Wilson said, “I really don’t think about it.” Wilson said he runs as a result of the flow of the game.
> Sherman was asked about the allure of being on national TV: “You always want to put on a show.”
> Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer also had some interesting comments. He compared Sherman and Browner to the former Miami Dolphins secondary that had Patrick Surtain and Sam Madison in it. Surtain was a three-time Pro-Bowler, two-time All-Pro and NFL Alumni Defensive Back of the Year in 2002. He was 5-11, 195. Madison was a four-time Pro-Bowler and three-time All-Pro at 5-11, 180. Obviously, Browner and Sherman are larger than both.
“There’s a lot of individually great corners in the league,” Palmer said. “But, to have two that are very similar … these guys, they’re both very good, they’re very long. They don’t lose jump ball battles. They don’t get run by. They don’t let guys get behind them. They’re consistent, too. Earl Thomas in the middle of the field covers so much ground, that, if they do make a mistake, he can help them out and cover them up.”
Palmer also added this when initially asked about the secondary: “Very good group, top to bottom. Lot of speed. Very physical group. They do a great job using their hands all the way down the field and avoiding penalties.” That last line is interesting. Thomas often says he thinks referees are watching them more than other teams for that specific thing.
Now, onto the important stuff.
This is how Walter Thurmond was dressed after Sunday’s game:
Asked for comment, Sherman, in between laughs, said, “He looked like the Monopoly man. I was waiting for him to pull a monocle out.”