Richard Sherman took the podium after the Seattle Seahawks’ training camp practice on Monday. He spoke about fellow defensive backs Byron Maxwell, Tharold Simon and Jeron Johnson and how well they’ve looked in camp.
A reporter from the Denver Post was here today and asked about Sherman about his perception to how the league has responded to the makeup of the Seahawks defense. The Broncos, remember, dished out a lot of money toward strengthening their defense with the signings of safety T.J. Ward, linebacker DeMarcus Ware and cornerback Aquib Talib.
“But it’s tough to duplicate the mindset over here,” Sherman said. “We have very savvy veteran football players who understand the mental side of the game as well as the physical side. We study tape together, there is an element of discipline to our defense that you can’t duplicate.”
Sherman also briefly addressed Patrick Peterson’s 5-year, $70 million contract extension he signed with the Arizona Cardinals.
Here’s the rest of what he had to say:
Does the fact you play Denver make the first preseason game any different?
No it doesn’t matter who we play. The opponent never matters in these situations. You work on technique you work on discipline and you work as a team regardless of who you go against.
How much do you want to play in preseason?
However much the coaches want to play me. You have to get your body right, your mind right, be ready to tackle and be ready to play a physical game. As much as they will let us be out there, we will be out there.
What’s the normal procedure for you, though?
Different games dictate different procedures. They will have us out there a couple games, I’m guessing, and we will see how it goes.
You guys healthier right now than at this point last year?
Relatively. Guys are always banged up, it’s a violent sport. Guys get knicks and knacks here and there, but relatively we are pretty healthy.
What have you seen from Tharold Simon so far?
Tharold is a very disciplined fantastic corner. Tharold has done a great job of being consistent day in and day out with his technique. He’s obviously a lengthy corner, just as John (Schneider) and Pete (Carroll) like them. He has done a great job with everything the coaches have asked him to do.
Do you think teams are responding to what you guys have done defensively?
Truly, I don’t know. I don’t get to watch every team to see how they are doing things, but you are just worried about making sure out technique is sound. And everything we are doing here is great and we are locked in. But it’s tough to duplicate the mindset over here. We have very savvy veteran football players who understand the mental side of the game as well as the physical side. We study tape together, there is an element of discipline to our defense that you can’t duplicate.
What have you seen out of Jeron Johnson?
Consistency. He does a good job of being in the right spots, playing disciplined football and playing the way we need him to play.
What about Byron Maxwell?
Byron is a workhorse. Like I said. Everyone on our defense has a role and everybody has to play their role and Byron is doing a great job staying on top and being a disciplined ball player and guys understand that. Guys don’t’ try to do too much.
Thoughts on Patrick Peterson’s contract?
I don’t have any thoughts. He’s cool. He’s locked up with his team and I think it will be a great deal for him. He’ll be in Arizona for the next seven years so I’m sure he’ll enjoy that.
The rematch, Broncos Seahawks. But how different are these games?
We don’t’ think about it. We don’t ever think about the outside perception. We just go play assignment football, work on our technique, work on the things we need to work on and let the chips fall where they may. If they fall differently, so be it.
Illegal contact any different?
Not at all. It will have a very minimal impact on our game and how we play it.