Richard Sherman took his usual star turn yesterday when he was at the podium. He lobbied Electronic Arts to put the whole Legion of Boom on the Madden cover. He joked about how people still are sleeping on his speed as it relates to a punt return competition with Earl Thomas. He made fun of Thomas’ size. Sherman even took a moment to smile and shuffle away from a reporter on crutches and in a brace who told him, “It’s not contagious” after he asked what happened.
Our Dave Boling wrote about Sherman, who was in a jovial June mood for good reason. From Boling:
Sherman’s abundant confidence keeps him from being viewed as the humble type, but he doesn’t have to look far for those eager to be sure he doesn’t get out of hand.
During Monday’s interview, his old Stanford teammate Doug Baldwin sneaked up to inform the media that Sherman has “been getting torched out there on the practice field.”
“That’s my boy,” Sherman cracked of Baldwin. “He’s grown up before my eyes.”
Several times, Sherman stressed the need to sustain consistency and continuity. The Seahawks figured out a way to win a Super Bowl, and now they have to keep approaching the task in the same way, he said.
He added that winning one was not going to be enough for this young team.
“We’ve got a bunch of guys who want to be in the Hall of Fame and do greater things than just win one Super Bowl,” Sherman said. He saw it from the moment the win over Denver was secured. “Guys were sitting there saying, ‘What’s next?’ “
It was also interesting to hear Sherman tout the importance of being at voluntary workouts from a personal and team perspective. That stood out in contrast to Marshawn Lynch choosing to again not attend. Different approaches for different guys, who still yield strong results and are embraced by their team. More than one way to go at it.
> Doug Farrar writes at SI.com that the Seahawks are already preparing for life after Lynch.
> MMQB writes that San Francisco GM Trent Baalke has big plans. This quote from Baalke in the story should sound familiar:
“I’ve heard the phrase, They have too many picks. They all can’t possibly make the team,” Baalke says. “Our mentality is you can never have enough picks. Our job is to create the most competitive team, the most competitive environment that we can possibly create, and there’s no better way than to draft good players And that’s not to say that every pick you make is going to pan out, because that’s not reality. Anyone that thinks differently has probably never sat in this chair.”
> Former Bears tackle Keith Van Horne on why he’s suing the NFL.
> Pete Carroll talked to Richard Dent about pass rushing.
> Colts owner Jim Irsay sat down with Bob Kravitz (one of my favorite columnists) of the Indianapolis Star. He talked alcoholism, addiction and more.