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September 26, 2013 at 5:49 PM

What they said: Richard Sherman

Thursday also marks the regular weekly press conference for Seahawks’ cornerback Richard Sherman.

Here are some quotes, with some video at the bottom:

On the team’s plus-6 turnover ratio:“Well Pete Carroll has a theory that if you win the turnover battle you’ll win the game. It’s proven true three times this year and numerous times last year. I think we’re 20-3 or something close when we win the turnover battle. It’s just something that we focus on, just winning the turnover battles, just getting more and more turnovers. We wanted to get more last game, but we came up a little short of our goals. It’s something that Pete takes pride in.”

On how that plays in the secondary’s mindset: “That’s the competitive nature of the defense, the Legion of Boom, the whole defensive group. We just want the ball all of the time. Every play is an opportunity to go after the ball. Every single play no matter who has it. As long as the ball is in play, it’s a chance to go after it. We’re so competitive back there that any chance anybody has, it’s an opportunity. If you don’t go after it it’s a missed opportunity. A missed opportunity to go after the ball or to make a big play for the team, and I think a lot of it shows up on Sundays because we’re so in tune with that. You’ll see four or five guys punching or ripping at the ball every single time they get a chance because they want it.”

On how much of the six plus turnover ratio is a risk-reward factor: “Not much because a lot of the time guys aren’t taking too much of a risk. It’s within the scheme of the defense a lot of times. A lot of guys  know where the help is, we know guys are, and it’s usually the second guy in that’s going after the ball. Somebody has already grabbed the guys securing the tackle, and then you got guys hunting after the ball. We have a swarming defense so it’s usually two, three or four guys around the ball at the same time.”

On wanting to hold offenses under 150 yards: “That’s the kind of standard that we have in our room. We would hope to hold people under 100 yards and anything over that is kind of a disappointment for us in our room.”

On his thoughts of Andre Johnson: “He’s a great receiver man. He’s been doing it for a while, this is his eleventh year, he’s been making big plays, and shoot he’s been making big plays this year as well. He’s somebody that we have to account for, we have to focus on, and make sure we know where he is at all times.”

On Andre Johnson being called Optimus Prime: “Well that’s fine. I guess multiple people can have nicknames. That’s cool. He’s probably had it longer than me. He took it earlier so he might already have the copyright on it.”

On asking to defend specific receivers rather than just playing his side:  “Not so much when Brandon Browner is around. When Brandon is here he’s take it as a slap in the face if I followed anybody. He’s just as talented as or more so than I am. Walter Thurmond is just as capable as well so everybody will see him at one point or another this game.”

On Chris Clemons being back on the defensive line: “It felt really good to have Clem back out there. He’s still in the huddle bitter as all get out, but it feels good just to have him back in the mix. It’s good to have him back out there with his leadership and intensity; he’s just a good guy to play with.”

On the key to stopping the Texans’ offense: “Turnovers, turnovers, just getting the ball. Once again it’ll always come down to that. It’ll always come down to taking the ball from your opponent. If you do that well you’ll win the game. If you don’t do that well they’ll probably have a better game than you. That’s what we’ll focus on, that’s where we’ll have our eyes and focus. Hopefully it works out for us.”

On expecting a low scoring because of the exceptional defenses for the Seahawks and Texans: “Not necessarily. Their defense is great at limiting big plays just like we are. The limit explosives and make sure that they keep a top over the defense. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s going to be a close game because these two offenses have explosive players as well. They got Andre Johnson, Arian Foster, Ben Tate has been running the heck out of the ball, Owen Daniels can catch it just about anywhere. On our offensive side they can get explosive at any time. So this game could go either way

On watching Denver games: “I’ve got to catch a few, but not too many. What did I miss?”

On how the defense would do playing against Peyton Manning: “We played against him. I think we did fine.”

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