The Seahawks returned to the practice field Thursday without an opponent determined yet for the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. Seattle could face either New Orleans, Green Bay or NFC West rival San Francisco here on Jan. 11, and cornerback Richard Sherman was asked if he has a preference regarding who he’d like to face.
“Not at all,” he said. “We’ll play whoever comes. Good luck to everybody (this weekend), they’ll have a good time, but they’re going to have to deal with us when they get here.”
Sherman said he plans to watch the wild-card games casually.
Without an opponent to scout, the Seahawks are doing a lot of self-scouting — e.g. evaluating what the team is doing well, not doing well and where teams have been attacking them. Sherman, who led the league with eight interceptions, said the week feels like a bye of sorts, and that the team will benefit from the rest.
Most important, the group isn’t losing it’s edge.
“As a team, we want to get better; as an individual, I want to get better,” Sherman said. “You’ve got a lot of people who don’t feel like they’re at the top of their game right now, myself included, so you’re going to see guys working on their game, working on film, seeing what little small things they can do to get to the top.”
Here are some other highlights from Sherman’s interview with the media:
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(On Percy Harvin’s return to practice…) “It’s nice, man. Obviously he’s one of the most dynamic players in the league, so it’s going to be one of those things where he has a chance to help us in the playoffs. Anytime you can get him, you’re happy to have him.”
(On if the defense takes pride in being dominant without being overly complex…) “We do, because (Dan Quinn’s) big motto is, ‘They’re going to have to deal with us,’ and literally that’s all you have to do. You’re going to know exactly what call we’re in, you’re going to what defense we’re in, and then we’re going to win.”
(On leading the league in interceptions…) “I think (it goes) hand in hand (with having a great defense). I think us as a defense did a great job pressuring the quarterback with our front seven, they’ve got a lot of sacks, and their sacks coincided with a number of picks we’ve got. It’s a lot of guys out there doing their job. … I’ve just happened to be the one who caught the most this year.”
(On what happened with the collision in the end zone last game with Earl Thomas and Byron Maxwell…) “You got ball hawks out there going after the ball. The ball is up in the air, tips and overthrows, you have to get those. I’m fine. I’m fine. Everybody is good after it. We’re big boys.”
(On Thomas saying Sherman owes him money after losing out of the interception…) “He might owe me some. I got there first.”
(On Stanford losing the Rose Bowl…) “Aww, man. I think they should’ve won that one. Hats off to a great Michigan State team and defense, but I thought we could’ve pulled that one out. We’ve got their four times, we’ve got four BCS games, I’m sure we’ll have another shot.”
And here is some video of Sherman: