Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is on one of the hotter tears in the NFL right now, having picked off four passes in the last two weeks, giving him an NFL-high eight for the season.
That comes after a five-game stretch in which he didn’t have any.
Sherman said today, when he made his regular weekly appearance with the media, that getting so many picks the last two weeks is “just how the game is. The ball comes your way sometimes, and when people don’t give you opportunities it’s hard to get picks. When people give you opportunities it’s easy to get your hands on it.”
Sherman is getting opportunities the past two weeks despite the fact that he is obviously playing his position well, which he said “is a little surprising. I hear they avoid a couple of other dudes with less picks. If you’re going to throw it to the guy who has the most picks, it just seems like a mistake. But if you’re going to keep doing it I’ll keep doing my job.”
Here are a few more tidbits from Sherman’s media session today:
On the importance of executing plays when the NFC West reams are very familiar with one another: “I mean it’s going to be a battle. It’s a game within the game that it’s going to come down to. It’s going to be a tight battle; everybody knows each other’s schemes very well. Obviously the players know each other and it’s a division game. So it’s really just going to come down to just executing. Who executes better, who makes the big plays when they need them, and things like that.”
On leading the league in interceptions: “Yeah it’s one of the goals. Obviously when you start the season you want to lead the league in picks and passes defended as a cornerback because that will have the biggest impact for your team, and you obviously want to have the best coverage. If you can go out there and make some plays for your team, that’s a goal.”
On how disappointing it is for the Seahawks to not have already clinched the division: “Not at all. It wasn’t a championship opportunity because if you lose we didn’t go home. We have more opportunities to play and obviously we’re not disappointed because you can’t be disappointed at this point in the season. You have to go out there and perform. All of our goals are out there in front of us if we go out there and win this game and everything falls in the same way.”
On the Rams’ offense: “They’ve been running the ball really, really well. Zac Stacy has been having a good season and they’ve been having a couple of running the ball well for them. Kellen Clemens is doing a good job managing when he has to; completing passes keeping drives alive on third down, using his legs a little bit, and it’s been effective for them. The Saints game was a really good game for them, they ran the ball very, very well.”
On the final drive the last St. Louis game when they got the stop to win the game: “It’s up to our standard to tell you the truth. It just showed us that we could play up to our standard. That when the game is on the line and when our backs are against the wall, literally and figuratively, that we can stand up. I think it gave confidence to some guys, and to other guys it showed what’s possible when you really focus in.”
On Carroll having faith in his defense by not calling timeouts: “Yeah I liked it, I really liked it. I liked his faith in us and his confidence in us and I liked Dan Quinn’s confidence in calling the call he made during that situation, an all-out blitz, zero coverage. It takes some kahunas to make a call like that.”
And here is some video: