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Richard Sherman, as uninhibited as he’s been all season

Post by Gregg Bell / The News Tribune on Jan. 21, 2015 at 8:52 pm with 30 Comments »
January 21, 2015 9:44 pm

Here’s a transcript of Richard Sherman being his most uninhibited all season today, taking on Tom Brady, the NFL for going after Marshawn Lynch for gold shoes while not expecting the league to punish the Patriots for deflated balls, and all sorts of glib comments.

As I said earlier, don’t expect such an unplugged performance next week in front of the international media mass that will swarm him hoping for more of this.

“I’m going to go cliche,” he joked.

CB Richard Sherman

January 21, 2015

(On his elbow) It’s better than it was during the game—it’s a little sore, but not too bad.

(On him playing 100% in the Super Bowl) That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

(On proving to the world that last year wasn’t a fluke by reaching their 2nd Super Bowl) No—on the list of important things to us, that’s probably under the list.

(On his range of motion with his elbow) If I had to slap my brother, I’d be able to do it.

(On is it going to be easier preparing for their 2nd Super Bowl) You know what to pack this time—last year we over packed and you had to leave a bunch of stuff so we know not to pack as much. You know what media day is about so you’re kind of prepared for the distractions of the week a little bit more. I guess the ticket situation—you been to it once so everyone knows, either you’re letting people come or you’re letting nobody come.

(On distractions) I think it was somebody naked at media day—then that was kind of a circus. Everybody was like, ‘Media Day is so serious.’ Then you see a clown, three kids—somebody asked me about a Nintendo over there. So I was like, ‘Oh, I guess this isn’t as serious as they made it out to be.’

(On the best part of Super Bowl week) I guess anytime that you get free stuff is kind of cool. To us, it was just another week in the season obviously. You’re with these guys 180 or 190 of the 365 days, so you get to spend a special week with them, you get to know their families a little better because it’s not just them their but it’s their families, their sons and daughters. A lot of times you don’t get to meet them during these weeks, we’re always at work from eight to six and everyone goes home. You get one day during training camp to meet people’s family, but that’s about it. So you have a good time getting to know people more.

(On the game being a turning point for the entire team) Not really—honestly I never thought about that game being as a big turning point. I would say the Chicago game during Russell [Wilson’s] rookie year was it—him driving down in OT and winning that game for us, that game was just a fun battle at [Soldier Field]. It was one battle against a great team, and just one of those things.

(On if he’s mellowed down this year) No—I’ve just become cliché. It’s just what it required. I didn’t want to distract from my teammates, I wanted my teammates to get more attention this year. You can kind of take that away from them sometimes, not intentionally; people just want to pay attention to what you say. So if you say more cliché things then they pay more attention to a Bobby Wagner, Mike Bennett, or a Kam Chancellor—guys who are playing fantastic football.

(On how his arm felt making a tackle and was he surprised that Green Bay didn’t attack him more) Was I surprised—somewhat. I thought they would at least try one, and they did. The pass to Jordy [Nelson]—it did not feel great at all. It wasn’t a fun down for me, but I got him down and we were off the field, they kicked the field goal and we didn’t have to go back on the field so that was a good moment for us. It was sore, but I got an interception earlier in the game and I think everyone that told him to throw at me kind of swallowed what they said after that point. ‘Oh, maybe that’s why you don’t throw at him because he intercepts the football and he’s got 27 of them in the last four years so you probably should stop throwing at him.’ That might have been what they were thinking.

(On will he wear a brace and his limitations) I’m not sure—they’re going to have me practice in one, but I should be fine by game day. There shouldn’t be any limitations honestly—my left stiff arm may not be the greatest right now, but I think other than that, I’ll be pretty decent.

(On why the Patriots’ slot receiver production is so good) Tom [Brady] gets the ball out quick and they’re usually the ones getting out of their breaks the quickest, they’re usually the shorter routes, they’re usually the quicker reads—especially against the blitz. They play against a lot of blitzing teams in their division—Buffalo, Jets, and Miami as well there’s a lot of fire zone. The slot receivers are going to get a lot of action in those games and I think a lot of times that’s the focal point—people double team [Rob] Gronk [owski] and [Tim] Wright is there so you have to worry about him as well. So now the slot receiver also gets the lesser matchups.

(On what will happen when Kam Chancellor and Rob Gronkowski collide) I don’t know—I’ll be sitting there with popcorn—it’ll be good football though.

(On his appreciation for Kam Chancellor’s ability to hit after hitting his elbow) It was always pretty great, but I think he let off a little. I think he felt his brother right there and took a little bit off that hit and let me survive.

(On what Kam Chancellor’s big hits do for the defense) It gives us energy—they give us life. They allow us to play free—we were out and somebody came up to us, but Kam wasn’t around, but I was like, ‘we’re a bunch of wild dogs until the big lion comes around and we’re some bad men when he comes. He just brings that menacing force—we’re a pack of wild dogs and they’re pretty dangerous, but a lion running with a pack of wild dogs—that’s something.

(On what hits stick out) Take any of the hits on Vernon [Davis]—the one of Demaryius [Thomas] during our first Super Bowl last year. I think he hit [Richard] Rodgers pretty hard in the hole last week—that was a bad decision by #89, but that might have been the one.

(On the ‘You Mad Bro’ moment with Tom Brady in 2012) Like I said before, I think people some time get a skewed view of Tom Brady—that he’s just a clean cut, does everything right, and never says a bad word to anyone, and we know him to be otherwise, but in that moment of him being himself, he said some things and we returned the favor. Unfortunately he apparently didn’t remember what he said, but I’m sure at those moments of yelling at the ref, I’m sure he was saying, ‘Good job, you’re doing a fantastic job, keep it up.’

(On if he’s caught any deflated balls) I’ll have to go to my collection and check—I have to see if there any pounds missing, but no I’ve never heard of that and I’m not sure anything will come from it honestly whether it’s true or it’s not true. It didn’t have much effect on the game and if it did—if it’s against the rules, then it’s against the rules, but you’ll see that it’s not going to have any effect on this game.  Nobody is going to get suspended, nothing is going to happen, they’re going to play this game, whatever they did—the risk reward was greater. They were trying to suspend Marshawn [Lynch] for gold shoes—that really affects the game if you suspend Marshawn for gold shoes, but then you got balls being deflated and that’s an issue.

(On what Tom Brady said) He was pretty much saying that we were nobodies and that we should come up to him after they get the win. So we should take that pretty well, ‘Cool, can I get your autograph too?’

(On did Russell Wilson trash talk that game) I have no idea—you’d have to ask other opponents. I’ve never played against him other than practice, but he’s never said anything crazy like that to us.

(On Richard being in Tom Brady’s sights right now) I could care less—I hope so, gives me more opportunities to get the ball. He’s had me in his sights before—it’s fine.

(On Doug Baldwin’s rant) Well they keep calling him pedestrian for some reason. You would think after last year that they would at least give him some kind of semblance of respect, but they didn’t.

(On having a chip being important to him and Doug Baldwin) Very important, but respect is also important. A lack of respect makes the chip bigger and then it leads to things like that and people saying that they wouldn’t lose sleep over our receivers, there’s this receiver or that receiver. Well there are two receiving corps left in the playoffs. I mean that’s really how it goes, if winning a Super Bowl isn’t everything that matters then what are we talking about, what was we comparing tomatoes-tomatoes, what are we comparing things for? These are people who just came from a Super Bowl—Doug caught a pass in the Super Bowl, [Jermaine] Kearse caught a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl. These are guys that have Super Bowl experience—a lot of these receivers that people say are a lot better than them or that have a lot numbers, don’t have Super Bowl rings, have never played in the Super Bowl, so you at least have to give them that respect—you would think.  Analyst, writers, and critics continue to disrespect these guys so it leads to stuff like that. This is Kearse’s 2nd   or 3rd game winner…in the NFC Championship—he had the same pass in the last NFC Championship that gave us the lead and we never lost it again.

(On any difference in Tom Brady since the last meeting) Not really—he’s still getting the ball out pretty fast just like he was then. He was getting it out fast then, and he’s getting it out fast now. I think we’re a little different than the guys that were out there in 2012. I think that was Bobby’s [Wagner] rookie year, it was my 2nd year, Earl [Thomas] and Kam’s [Chancellor] third year, and I don’t even think [Byron] Maxwell was here.

(On his reflection of being under a lot of criticism for trash talking last year) It’s just growth—I think I’ve grown from that. You learn about what you can say and what you can’t say obviously, what people are going to think of certain things, how judgmental people are, how some people, despite how imperfect they are, judges the world as if they’re perfect and sometimes you just have to accept that and just take it with a grain of salt. You just have to sit there and smile and laugh it off because if you let those people get to you, and let those people get under your skin, then you’ll have a life time of proving people wrong who would never be able to prove you wrong in anything. You’re over here accomplishing things that people wouldn’t accomplish in their wildest dreams and you’re trying to prove something to them. So at the end of the day, you have to be true to yourself, and true to what you’re about. If you have dreams, stick to them and accomplish them and don’t let people deter you from what you believe is right, and what you want to accomplish.

(On being compared to Darrelle Revis) I haven’t thought about that honestly, but he’s had a great year. He’s been doing his job effectively and I’ve liked what I’ve seen from his game. I’m sure people make comparisons—they always do, but I think we play the game two different ways. He plays it more conventional is what people would say and mines a little more unorthodox, which means it’s just more difficult to replicate what I do on the football field. So everyone is going to make comparisons but it’s just two different styles to compare—I play my way, he plays his way, and both of them are effective.

(On Brandon Browner) He’s still an LOB member—he’s still a great friend of ours. It’ll be fun, I’m sure he’ll find the same joy in playing us as we will in playing him. It’s like playing your brothers—you play against your brothers, it’s going to be a fun game. At the end of the day, you hug, shake hands, and we’ll hang out this offseason, but this 60 minutes, it’ll be a fun battle and it’ll be a joy to play.

(On the LOB bond) I think it keeps growing as our group continues to grow as well. We welcomed some more members to our group as well—Marcus Burley and Steven Terrell and those guys have made impact in their own ways. Every year their role grows—Tharold Simon’s had a greater role this year, Byron Maxwell obviously had a greater role, and it’s been fun. It’s always fun to see people get better in this game through hard work and dedication, improving their technique, improve their understanding, and also outside of our room, Brandon’s [Browner] success—he had a great year and his team won. We’re happy to see his success—we’re happy to see Will Blackmon, Walter Thurmond, and Chandler Fenner got picked up. We always keep track of our guys.

(On does LOB still make vacation trips) Yes we do—we did one last year. It was fun.

(On giving Marshawn Lynch media relations lessons) We’re going to have a course later on this week. Going into media day, we’re going to have a good discussion about do’s and don’ts of media day—me and Marshawn.

(On the importance of being recognized as the best corner) I think it’s more for a historical aspect of it. It’s kind of a respect thing and at the end of the day, you’re not going to impress everybody. A quarterback can throw 100 touchdown passes and somebody is going to say he sucks and he’s not great. A corner can have 1000 interceptions and somebody is going to say that he’s bad and this guy is better. So at the end of the day, you kind of have to prove it to yourself more than anybody.

(On does he think he’s the best corner) I don’t know anybody else that would say otherwise.





Leave a comment Comments → 30
  1. Talk about authentic.

    Anyone that still feels “Sherman is a punk” needs to see that entire press conference from today. I’m talking about non Seahawk fans of course. I know at least one friend, a Denver fan, who I will send the link too.

    What an absolutely incredible team we have!!!
    We are witnessing the Golden Age.

  2. Gregg Bell says:

    Galena: That’s a great adjective to describe him — especially today

  3. Vegas_heat_in_SanDiego says:

    Ha Ha, Sherman is getting serious international airtime: CNN International was covering deflate-gate and there’s Sherman up there in person on tape with the “…clean cut, everything right…we know otherwise…” comment. Richard Sherman has gone world-wide!

  4. NYHawkFan says:

    Another great adjective is grounded. Sherman does not need others approval to feel good about himself. He’s confident in his abilities and is at peace with himself, which is a great attribute to have.

  5. That NFC Championship Game kinda reminds me of what it has been like to be a life-long Seahawks fan. Last season was like the end of the 4th qtr in that game, and this season has been like the OT in that game leading up to the pass to Kearse (which would complete the analogy if SEA wins SB49.)

  6. GeorgiaHawk says:

    If it takes a me against the media approach (imaginary or not) to get Seahawks players motivated to sustain success then I am all for angry Doug & his rants.

    Some in the media needs to take a back seat & remember it’s not about them.

  7. GeorgiaHawk says:

    That is if Moore really means it.

    Now if he is writing this to further help motivate Baldwin I applaud him for his cleverness.

  8. joeradio says:

    Doug can keep his chip…to himself. Play with a fire from within. Angry tirades make him look foolish and susceptible to criticism that takes the focus away from the team and puts it squarely on him. If they really are playing for each other, I hope he’ll think more clearly and respond to the situation instead of react to the situation. Doug is a smart dude…he knows better. Richard has come a long way from his debacle a year ago and Doug will most likely do the same.


  9. Just read the transcript of Bill Bellicheat’s denial of knowledge of the under inflated footballs. Claims he doesn’t know anything about the process of submitting balls to officials prior to the game. Really? While in the same breath saying he’s never experienced anything like this in his 40 years of coaching. Again, really????? So he is the genius coach who knows everything and how to read the rulebook so how can do his exotic line ups within the rules BUT when it comes to how footballs are handled before a game and of course having no knowledge that it was against the rules to film other team’s signals sure doesn’t add up. Does he think everyone is dumb? He’s acting annoyed with all of this? Unbelievable. And I guarantee Goodell will do nothing besides maybe a $50k fine which to the Kraft family is like me giving the NFL a nickel…..

  10. The only person we can say for 100% sure knew and directed the ball deflation was Brady.

    An aging QB who’s lacking NFL skills needs all the help he can get. From all indications, this has been going on for months.

  11. HawkfaninMT says:

    GRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!! It’s too bad the NFL is spending so much time in meetings on how to “deal” with Lynch’s press handlings. I bet there is a bigger deal going on with their favorite franchise and it’s deflated footballs!

    $20K for grabbing his junk? Maybe he was just adjusting his cup! Plausible deniablity appears to be the name of the game in the NFL these days, right Belichick?

  12. montanamike2 says:

    DFloydd, i think this might be getting to big for the NFL to sweep under the rug. This puts an Astrix next to NE SB wins. Claiming he did not know anything until monday, (Belicheat) is like Cosby saying he never drugged any girls before. I’m loving the momentum shift for how the nation is now rooting for the ‘Hawks and not the Pats, so no mystery calls in their favor. AfC teams have been complaining for years that the ball doesn’t feel right after an interception and the refs haven’t done anything. I believe this story has still more to come out in a big way. Meanwhile no one is bugging the Hawks who have a west coast field advantage in the SB for the first time ever. No controversy over here.

  13. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I’m pretty sure Sherman’s debacle last season before the Super Bowl (taking focus off the team) didn’t hurt the team at all.
    That’s what the final score (43 to 8) indicated anyways.

    Stay angry Doug Baldwin!

    Go Hawks!

  14. joeradio –
    Richard, debacle? Doug, angry tirades, foolish and susceptible to criticism? If I’m an NFL owner and want the deepest possible penetration into the market, don’t I maybe want some of the WWF-type smack talk going on, and to incorporate some soap opera intrigue into the message to the TV viewing public that is the place where the NFL obtains much – if not most of it’s revenues? Really, the tirades and deacles, and the crying and the ecstasy/end zone celebrations, etc may been observable to a few of those with bottoms in the seats, but mostly they are seen by the TV camera. Some of us who do not get the in-stadium experience of the game may need those camera close-ups of the players and coaches expressing their emotions to us to get us more in touch with the game experience and to empathize with the life-experiences of those participants in the game. It’s marketing. The NFL TV experience evolved over my lifetime, and it is no fluke that it has the biggest market share. The NFL was the original “reality TV” since before the days of Broadway Joe, T.O., and Neon Deion. Controversy hooks a certain portion of the viewing public, or they wouldn’t show it.

  15. GeorgiaHawk says:

    And as Gregg has pointed out before, most of the players don’t really know who most of the media is. Or really care.

    I’m pretty sure Baldwins rant was misdirected & mostly intended to be directed at a talented HOFamer who couldn’t/wouldn’t (to save his life) make little or no impact on a game with his tackling or effort to tackle.

    Imagine how long Easley could have played if he disregarded tackling like Deon Sanders did.

    He would for sure be in the HOF but because he had the courage of a Lion like the LOB has his career was cut short.

    Now we get to listen to Sanders criticize players like Baldwin while he keeps hyping himself as a Legend.

    Sanders was perhaps the most physically gifted DB ever however he could never be any part of the LOB or measure up to Easley when it comes to courage, heart & boom!!!

    Stay angry Baldwin!!! Deon’s a punk!

  16. Jim Moore’s shtick is getting old. I enjoy listening to Dave Wyman on the radio in the afternoon, and even Danny O’Niel has some interesting things to say, but all Moore does is whine and talk about the Cougars and his dog. That show should be called “Danny, Dave, and less.”

  17. joeradio says:

    KLM…in game experience I get. Post game interviews and tirades drawing attention to themselves, I don’t. I can’t tell you how many pressers I’ve watched this year at where Baldwin inserts himself into the interview when he’s not the player holding the actual interview. Sunday was another example where he didn’t have a presser scheduled, but instead had another solipsistic moment that made it all about Doug. I like Doug’s play on the field and appreciate his intelligence when it’s called upon, but being demonstrative off the field in my opinion is unnecessary. Let your playing on the field do the most talking. Nothing beats winning!


  18. joeradio says:

    Jim Moore is the perfect, intentional foil by design. Danny drives me crazy, but I still tune in via my app here in Florida every day. Dave Wyman, in my opinion, is the best personality on that station and I love what he says and how he goes about things.

  19. Well, any way you cut it, the sports radio in this town has improved tenfold since 710 went over to ESPN. KJR has been crap for years, and has been going downhill fast since Groz and Gas went off the air. When your their biggest names are Softy – who is just a complete ass and comes off as a total buffoon – and Mitch – who talks way too much golf and Miami Dolphins – I wouldn’t be surprised to see them fold soon.

  20. TallyHawk says:

    Have they announced how much Clay Matthews has been fined for his cheap shot on RW?

  21. yankinta says:

    I like Jim Moore and Baldwin needs to grow up and shut up. His act getting old very quickly. I saw him like his dog just died on the sideline during the 4th quarter. I don’t believe him one bit, that he never had a doubt…

    And I completely agree with this.

    “There’s a good chance the Seahawks would not have been behind 19-7 with three minutes to go if Baldwin hadn’t dropped two passes and fumbled on a kickoff return and generally stunk as a kickoff returner all game long.

    Fair-catch specialist Bryan Walters should replace Baldwin as the kickoff returner in the Super Bowl.”

  22. Mitch is the worst. He doesn’t do a radio show, he does a daily filibuster. He is credited with being a great interviewer but he isn’t. He does a monologue then asks the person for their “take” on his monologue. He spends 5 minutes telling us he is about to say something, that could be said in 20 seconds. Just awful.

    I think Baldwin was just trying to get some Sherman-like attention with his tirades. Either that, or he was so shocked the team won that he lost his mind temporarily.

  23. rbuzby – that is a spot-on description of Mitch!

  24. chkn_liddle says:

    Love Doug. Love the rant. Hate blowhard commentators. My rants are far more profane and incoherent but only my dogs hear them. Whatever it takes for them to win legally is fine by me including: Media trashing, praying, crying, junk-grabbing, Crabtree bashing, mumbling, sack dancing, gum chomping, hoodie wearing avoidance, God-thanking, locker Santeria shrining, rap blaring, et cetera. I will not judge.

  25. chkn_liddle says:

    Hate ESPN, NFLN commentators not blog commentors.

  26. Ray_Maines says:

    Pretty much all of the radio voices tend to talk way too much without saying anything. Mitch is famous for telling a guest “We only have 20 seconds left so we have to be quick…” and then jabbers on for 18 seconds. Bob Stelton on 710 will ask a simple, routine question in three different ways before he lets the guest answer, and Brock just likes to hear the sound of his own voice it seems.

    I could go on, but you get the idea.

  27. joeradio – I kinda always wondered about that myself from many, many players over a long time watching them do nearly anything to get PR. Is it that all players simply have a need inside – a craving for the limelight, or is there motive behind their apparent madness? Is it just a fortuitous benefit to the owners that they benefit in increased market share when fans get invested in off-field controversies? Maybe, probably?

    Since the dawn of free agency, players might want to draw attention to themselves at every opportunity – like “I don’t care what they say about me as long as they spell my name right.” Players get slotted prior to the draft by every club – the NFL even tells underclassmen where they might expect to be drafted if they choose to come out early. An elite college player gets taken by a poor-performing team and languishes in obscurity, fears he gets forgotten. He waits for free agency in hopes that a team with a decent chance of winning the SB will buy his services, so he advertises himself via antics just to keep his name in pro-personnel directors minds. Maybe?

    Then there are players who seem to be more lime-light seeking individuals than dutiful team members, who just are fluky enough to catch the attention of the media – a lot. They are the notorious players who get a lot of electronic ink associated with their names for off-field antics. Not that they are not also known for spectacular on-field performance. P.Harvin has incredible talent, but he seems to be more attuned to his body’s fitness and his inner drive than interested in how he can be most useful to his team to win the game. G.Tate also has incredible talent and willingness to sacrifice for the team (remember his blocking and returns,) but never seemed all that interested in running the routes expected consistently. Golden became known for doughnuts, slobber-knocker blocks and the fail mary, but also to fans for occasionally causing a pick because he was not on the same page as RW. RG John Moffitt showed great potential to become a good NFL guard in the Sr Bowl, and was doing pretty good in his games here, but his off-field antics belied his internal stress. Players with great talent might out-compete the other players on their unit, but not be able to see when and how to take best advantage of every opportunity to cooperate with and help the other players of their unit and team. Their off-field antics might have little if anything to do with changing the way the public sees the performance of their units, and more to do with stress or conflicts within their inner environment.

    There are also players who are so tight with their teammates that together they improve the play of their unit above that expected from the individual talent of each of the players that make up the unit. The unit moves in unison looking like a school of fish changing direction (but more complex – everyone going to exactly where they need to be,) they know where each other will be on the field and what they need to do in response any situation. They look for every opportunity to help each other and have the common goal of winning every play. The internal stresses that build up within individual players in a unit like that is a shared stress, they share performance opportunities and problems on-field and inter and intra personal problems off. The unit has leaders who are chosen to, or choose to speak for the unit players about commonly perceived slights, such as the media referring to them as “nothing special.” Baldwin has the nature to speak for his unit, and Sherm his. RW has the nature to speak for the offense, and sometimes the team as a whole.

    Then there is ML. ML is the Greta Garbo of the NFL media. ML has a huge internal stress that he has somehow learned to successfully regulate away from the scrutiny of the media. To ML, somehow being the celebrity might destroy his ability to keep that huge chip on his shoulder balanced. When Abbie Hoffman didn’t want his picture taken he would write f**k on his forehead and the cameras would leave him alone. ML would probably get suspended for that, so he does what he can.

  28. Baldwin and the boys can do whatever they want as long as they keep on winning..

  29. Do you guys here all the commentators calling the WR core awful every week?
    How would you react? Oh, That’s right – You would have gave up last game..

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