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January 29, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Richard Sherman quotes and video: “I think our physicality is always going to be there”

Here’s some video and a few quotes from Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman during Wednesday’s media availability:

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(on if bad weather would benefit the Seahawks) “I really don’t think it benefits anybody. I think at the end of the day it’s going to come down to who plays the most effective football. Yeah, that’s really all I have to say about that. The weather will be what it is, both teams have played in cold weather games and been successful. I think it will come down to who executes better.”

(on the Broncos receivers) “I think they have a very strong receiving corps. Demaryius Thomas does a great job catching the football on his face, being explosive, getting yards after the catch. I think (Wes) Welker does a great job finding his spots on the field and also getting yards after the catch. Being very elusive after the catch. I think (Eric) Decker catches the ball very well and does a great job high pointing the ball.”

(on how the secondary determines how physical they can be with the receivers) “We don’t try to gauge that at all. We got out there and play our games and play disciplined football and let the chips fall where they may.”

(on how his memory and his recall help his game) “ I think my memory and my recall help a substantial amount. You see a look for a second time or you see a formation a second time, you’re able to react a certain way and understand what they’re trying to do to attack the defense and the integrity of the defense. I think it allows me to play fast and it allows my teammates to play fast.”


(on if his memory is photographic) “I don’t know if it’s photographic, but I am able to recognize a lot of things especially when you see them again or see them for the first time. When you see them for the first time on the actual field, but I’ve seen it on film multiple times, I’m able to recognize it and I guess not everybody is able to do the same.”

(on if the game will have more physicality because it’s the Super Bowl): “ Well I think our physicality is always going to be there and that’s what we focus on. Whether they bring their physicality or not is on them. I’m sure it’s the last game so everybody is going to put everything they have on the table.”

(on how important he feels education is to succeed in life) “I think education is immensely important, especially to the youth. Even if that’s not going to be your chosen field I think you should understand the history of life, certain aspects of education are essential to kids growing up and understanding the world for what it is. I think it gives kids a lot of avenues to be successful and to reach all their dreams.”

(on how important Vanderbilt Head Coach Derek Mason was to his development at Stanford) “Derek Mason, I would say he was essential to my development and my understanding of the game. He taught me how to play the game, how to study the game, how to really go in depth with your film study and also understanding your weaknesses. Studying your weaknesses and what you do well and what you don’t do well and being able to self scout a lot more. Understand what teams are going to try to attack you and try to attack your defense. He’s really helped me and he still helps me to this day.”

(on how important it is to him to be a good role model) “I think it’s real important. I think that’s why you’re blessed to be on these stages and to have these microphones in front of you to deliver a good message to the future and to our youth. I think that’s very important to me and my family.”

(on how media day went for him) “It was great. A lot of fun and I enjoyed it.”

(on the Super Bowl experience so far) “You definitely want to play the game, but obviously there’s got to be some build up to it. Some media and some talking. We’re going to obviously stand here and talk about it until the game comes, but we’re excited for Sunday and it can’t get here soon enough.”

(on if the lack of Super Bowl experience is going to matter in the game) “No I don’t think it’s going to matter at all. At the end of the day we’re football players, we’ve done this our entire lives. There’s going to be a winner and a loser at the end of the day, so after the game everybody is going to have Super Bowl experience and it’s not going to mean much.”

(on the Denver defense feeling like they’re not getting enough attention compared to the Seattle defense) “Maybe they should have been number one.”

(on how important it is to be physical with receivers and create turnovers when going against Peyton Manning) “Well going out there and executing our defense is always our number one priority. Being effective, being disciplined, sound football players is always the number one goal. At all times that’s the only thing we’re focused on. Doing our jobs to the best of our abilities.”

(on what defines him off the football field) “Philanthropy. Helping the world and helping kids. Trying to do everything I can to make sure that they have a better chance and see better things than we have when we grew up.”

(on if he gets a sense what a championship could mean to the Pacific Northwest) “I haven’t got a sense for that. I stay in the moment and enjoy the Super Bowl experience. Go out there and do everything we’ve done all season. Play disciplined, sound football. Really that’s all we’re doing at the end of the day once everything is said and done I’m sure other things will be looked at and other things will be understood, but we’re just going out there and playing football.”

(on what he likes about playing for defensive coordinator Dan Quinn) “I like Dan Quinn’s aggressiveness. He’s a fun, outgoing coach that connects with his players well. He talks to us on a daily basis and he continues to come back and forth and ask for our input. He’s never done learning, the book is never closed. He’s always open for suggestions and conversations with his players. It works well.”

(on ranking Peyton Manning as his top quarterback, but saying he throws ducks) “Well I still feel the same way I felt. He is a great quarterback, he does a great job. At the same time, when he catches the ball he doesn’t necessarily catch the laces all the time. He throws an accurate ball in regards to how he catches it, he just gets it on time and delivers it accurately.”

(on if he thinks the team is getting a bad boy reputation) “No, I’m not concerned about that at all. We don’t worry about reputations and things like that. We worry about football and we have a tremendous football team that goes out there and executes week in and week out. At the end of the day this is the NFL and that’s all that matters.”

(on if he’s spoken to Brandon Browner in the past week and how he has been handling being away) “I speak to Brandon every week. That’s one of my best friends. It’s been great, working out and staying in shape and doing everything he needs to do to get his body ready for next season.”

(on how they will deal with the pick play the Broncos run) “Well they’re very effective at picking guys off and things like that. Once again you just have to play sound defense and you have to go out there and wait. You have to go play sound and put your hands on them. They’re going to try to pick you off and things like that, but defense is defense. It will be what it is at the end of the day.”


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