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October 25, 2013 at 2:57 PM

What they said: Richard Sherman

Here’s more of what Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman had to say to the media today, with some video below:

On if he has watched film on Kellen Clemens: “Well we have film on him from the preseason; we have some film from his years prior to coming to St. Louis. He’s a good quarterback, he makes good decisions, he puts some zip on the ball, and he throws the deep ball well. We’ve been preparing for him just as we would prepare for Sam Bradford. Unfortunately he went out, but we’ve been preparing the same just getting all of our keys and everything we need.”

On what stands out from the Rams’ receiving core: “Well they have a lot of speed. They have a lot of speed at the receiver spot, they do a great job at the line of scrimmage, they take shots with them, and they do a lot of inside stuff. a lot of stuff that they used to do with Danny Amendola they do with Tavon Austin. It’s similar to what they’ve been running over the years; they just have different guys running the routes.”

On the play of Earl Thomas: “Earl is playing outstanding man. He’s playing his best ball that I’ve seen him play since I’ve been here. He’s playing discipline, he’s playing sound, he’s playing aggressive, he’s making every play that’s there, and he’s not missing any open field tackles. I think a lot of people pissed him off last year saying that he missed some open field tackles, and the last thing that you want to do is tell Earl something that he didn’t do or that he can’t do. They got him going and now he’s making every freaking tackle. He’s aggressive, he’s punching the ball out, and he’s making every play that is out there.”

On where the Seattle defense could improve: “There is a lot of room to get better. We have by no means reached our ceiling or even got close. I think the defensive line feels like they can get more plays, they left a few plays out there. The linebackers have some things that they can clean up, and obviously us in the backend feel like we have a lot of things that we can clean up. We feel like we’ve giving up too many explosives, we need to limit the explosive plays more and we need to play tighter defense.”

On the Rams contacting Brett Favre to start: “That would have been great, that would have been great. It would have been great playing against a Hall of Fame quarterback. Somebody who is as accomplished as Brett Favre is. Being his first game back, it would have been fun to welcome him, but we don’t get to do that, but it would have been a great honor to tell you the truth.”

On the difference between being a football player and being concerned about concussions: “I think that it’s a very tough thing to balance because football is such a violent game. For anybody in the outside world to think they have the answers, or they know what is right would be crossing the line. You’re crossing over a boundary, and to tell you the truth I don’t know where that line is. I’m not an expert; nobody knows where the line is. If you knew where the line was then we’d draw it wouldn’t we. So I think guys will just continue to play the game at a high level and to keep playing as they see fit.”

On if it would be hard to play with the low fan attendance at the Rams’ stadium: “Not really. We have a great time at practice every day and nobody is there. I think we’ll be fine whether the stadium is filled to capacity or whether it’s empty we’ll be good. We create our own energy, we do a great job feeding off of one another, and if one of the guys makes a play we’re amped up. If one of the defensive lineman makes a sack and does their sack dance, I don’t think things like that are going to change.”

On expectations of the defense: “Turnovers. To get turnovers, to keep them to ten points or less as, as a secondary we want to try to hold them under 100 or 150 yards passing. We want to do our part to limit explosive plays and make an impact on the game.”

And here’s some video:

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