Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman had lots of interesting things to say in his press conference tonight, and here’s the official transcript:
CB RICHARD SHERMAN
(On 3 interceptions by members of the Legion of Boom…) It’s really cool. A lot of people say, do they live up to the hype? Are they the best secondary in the league? It’s a lot of talk, a lot of hearsay, and we just keep putting it on film. That’s all we do. We go out there, and we put it on film again. Earl Thomas; All-Pro safety, put it on film again. Took points off the board. Kam Chancellor, Pro Bowl safety, showed it again. We do exactly what we’re supposed to do. We’re just the best secondary on the field. We don’t have to talk about it.
(On his interception, did he think he could get it…) Once I located it, I thought I could go up and get it. I wasn’t sure where Vernon was, or if he was going to go up, so I wanted to get it at its highest point.
(On his coverage of Boldin…) I asked Coach for the challenge. I wanted to follow him. There were a lot of things said this week. He had a great game last week. He went for 200-plus yards and had a resurgence. There’s a lot of talk about elite corners, and who follows who. I wanted to negate that.
(On how often the Seahawks have had a cornerback follow a receiver…) Not very often. When BB is out, the defense gets a little different. Obviously, Walter and Byron did a great job and they’re great corners, and they’re elite caliber corners. I asked them for it, it’s no disrespect to those guys, they’re great corners, but I want the matchup.
(On the number of guys that made plays on defense tonight…) It was fantastic. I was excited, because the new guys made plays. We had Cliff Avril making a sack/force-fumble. You had Mike Bennett getting a sack. You had old school guys; KJ getting a sack, and there was pressure all day. I think the D-line and the linebackers did a great job creating pressure and making sure Kaepernick was uncomfortable the whole game, and I think that helped us get turnovers.
(On whether the fact that many national writers picked the 49ers to win, did that motivate…) Did we lose? You see how smart they are. They might not have watched the last game that we played them. I don’t know what the score was, you guys know. It wasn’t that dissimilar from this score, was it? OK, just making sure.
(On stopping an offense that put up nearly 500 yards and 30+ points against Green Bay…) We did what we expected to do. I think you guys expected something different. You guys expected some Kaepernicking; we didn’t expect any of that. We expect guys to play disciplined ball. We didn’t expect Anquan to go for 200 yards. We didn’t expect Vernon to go off. We had a great game plan, and guys executed it to a Tee. The D-line played their jobs; they did an excellent job. The linebackers; they slayed when they needed to slay. They made tackles. Kaepernick made his plays, he got out of the pocket; he’s a great quarterback, he’s dynamic, he’s going to get out of the pocket, he’s going to make some plays. I think we withstood a lot of the flurries that they had, and we were able to make the plays that counted.
(On the key against Boldin…) Being physical. I think a lot of people think he’s just going to out-physical you the whole game, and I countered that with physicality.
(On whether all of the attention to Kaepernick bothered him…) No, not at all. He deserved it. He took a team; in the middle of the season he stepped in, he stepped up, he led his team to the Super Bowl. He deserved every accolade he got. He deserved every magazine cover, every nominee, every everything. I have no problem with a guy getting what he deserves. He worked hard, he led his team, and he almost won it.
(On the message to Russell Wilson…) It’s the same message every week to Russell. He’s a great quarterback, he’s a dynamic quarterback. We want to ease the stress off him; if he makes a mistake we want to let him know that we’re there for him. We’ll clean up. If you throw a pick, we’ll get you the ball back. If things aren’t going your way early, don’t lose confidence. We promise you we’ll stand up. We’ll get the ball back. So, we want him to feel comfortable and every game we tell him the same thing. We got your back. We got you if anything happens, and things didn’t happen very well in the first half, and he was able to bounce back, like we knew he would. During the break, he came out of a shower or something, and he looked like a bad man, and I knew we were alright.
(On what he did during the break…) We listened to a lot of music. We got hype. I partied with the D-line a little bit; we did some dance moves. I had a good time.
(On whether he exchanged words with Coach Harbaugh after the game…) I told him good game. I slapped him on the butt, he turned around and gave me the wave, and that was it. I didn’t hear anything.
(On dancing with the SeaGals….) I was thinking, while I was here with them, I thought I could catch some of their dance moves and get that thing jumping. I’m known to get it jumping from time to time. When you’re up there with the SeaGals, it was an opportunity to try out. I think there was a misogynistic thing said earlier in the week about the Seahawks or something like that, I think he meant the SeaGals, and I thought he didn’t know the name. I get it; SeaGals/”SHEhawks”.
(On the defense being aggressive against an athletic quarterback…) That comes down to knowing your assignment and playing it. Everybody had an assignment, whether you had the quarterback, the running back, the fullback, whether you are on Vernon Davis, Anquan Boldin, Kyle Williams; you have an assignment, and we needed guys to execute. Good defense comes down to executing your assignment, and that’s what guys did today. Byron Maxwell, he was matched up on Vernon Davis a good amount of third downs, and he stood up, he stood up like no other. Walter Thurmond, had a heck of a game in the slot. On the edge, he stood up in the situations he needed to stand up. We played a lot of man coverage. That was something we asked DQ, or defensive coordinator for, and he gave it to us, and I think we proved we were capable.
(On the play of Cliff Avril….) I think he did a great job. That sack/force-fumble was huge. It was huge. Any turnover is huge, but I think the pressure all day on him was a big deal, and I think he was a big part of that.
(On whether he thought they could have won 5-0…) We definitely thought that way, because we were playing them well. It wasn’t like we were doing anything exotic, and it wasn’t like they weren’t executing their offense, they were running exactly what they wanted to run. They had a few nuances here and there, but they were running their offense, and we were able to make some plays. Guys like Big Red, Mebane, Mike Bennett; they were standing up and penetrating it. That was a big help for us.
(On the matchup against Boldin, was he looking forward to that…) Yeah. I get tired of the notion of people saying I’m not elite, so I just wanted; Sunday Night Football, everybody is watching; watch this.
(On getting the 49ers to commit personal fouls…) I think they were just a little frustrated. I think they expected a different outcome of the game. When you’re not winning the football game, it’s frustrating. If we’re not winning, we’d be frustrated. I think our guys did a great job of not reacting, not retaliating. I’m sure the league will have something to say about it.
(On how much the rivalry with the 49ers is real…) What are the combined scores of the last two games? How much of it is real and how much of it is fabricated? That’s real.