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January 30, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Richard Sherman quotes and video: “I think these are the two best teams in the NFL”

Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman took to the podium this morning to talk about Peyton Manning and whether he throws ducks, his thoughts on Marshawn Lynch and the media, and more. There’s a couple minutes of video below, including his answers on Manning and Lynch, followed by the official transcript:

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(on Turnover Thursday) “It’s intense. We go really hard at practice. The defense has won most of the time in getting the turnover, and I think that, like you said, manifested itself in the games. But it’s going to be competitive. The offense isn’t going to try and give us a chance. They don’t give us very many opportunities, but when they do, I think the last three have been ended by Akeem Auguste. He’s been playing great, so I’m sure he’ll have some impact on it. We’ll go out there and compete like always, but Turnover Thursday is really the embodiment of our program and what we do because it’s all about the ball. That’s the central theme in the program, and we go after it at all times. I think that’s why our offense is one of the best at keeping it, and we’re one of the best at getting it.”

(on Denver QB Peyton Manning’s rebuttal to Sherman’s comments about Manning’s arm strength) “I agree. That’s exactly what I said. That’s what I said.”

(on embracing the media) “I don’t know. I guess I’m comfortable with my words. I’m comfortable in front of a crowd – public speaking. Obviously, not everybody in the world is comfortable. Sometimes people get anxiety. Some people are uncomfortable with it, and I really don’t think everybody should be forced to do it because it’s not for everyone. Just because you’re a great football player doesn’t mean you’re going to be great in front of crowds and great in front of a large amount of people, a large audience. So I think he (Marshawn Lynch) shouldn’t have to do everything that he doesn’t feel comfortable with. But myself, I’m fine with it. I enjoy it. I enjoy getting the message out that I want to get out, and I enjoy supporting my teammates. The great Marshawn Lynch, I think his game speaks for itself. It says enough for everybody to talk about for weeks and weeks. And I enjoy talking about Doug Baldwin, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, so I think it’s fun for me.”

(on how he knows the team is on track for Sunday) “The intensity at practice is the same as it’s been. I’m sure today will be another intense day – going hard, guys going after it. You don’t see nervousness in guys’ eyes. You don’t see guys acting any different than they would on any other day or any other week of the season. They’re going out there and following the same routine as they have all season long. You just get the sense that guys are comfortable in the situation and comfortable in the moment because you don’t really think about the moment.”

(on this game’s impact on the defense’s legacy) “I think we’ll take it as a challenge, obviously. We want to go out there and perform just like he (Manning) wants to go out there and perform, and I think these are the two best teams in the NFL and the best quarterback in maybe NFL history. It’s going to be a tremendous challenge for both sides, and I think that’s what makes the game so big. That’s what makes the game so fun. It’s going to be great for the fans, great for the NFL because you do have the best teams and some of the best players in the world going after each other. At the end of the day, somebody has to win, somebody has to lose.”

(on if he aims to cement this defense’s legacy as one of the best in NFL history) “At all times but it’s not something you consciously think about going into a game like this. It’s one of those things that after it’s all said and done, once all the chips have fallen, then maybe we will think about what this game meant to our legacy or what this game meant to his (Manning) legacy or this, that and the other. But I don’t think, going into the game, it’s something that we consciously think about.”

(on the Seahawks 24/7 mantra) “It’s just a saying. Guys are accountable 24/7. Guys have to be accountable for their actions. Guys have to always abide by the rules, which we only have three: take care of the team, no whining/no complaining, and be early. Those are the simplest rules ever. But guys have really embraced it this year and really taken care of one another, made sure that we kept one another out of trouble and made good decisions all year long. That’s what it came out to. It came out in a meeting earlier in the season with all the nonsense that was going on, and guys really made a point to correct the mistakes that other guys had made and make sure they’re accountable for their actions.”

(on if he needs to take less risks against Peyton Manning) “No. As a defense, it’s worked so far, so we’re going to do what works. You don’t change things up in the Super Bowl just because you’re going against somebody different. He won’t change things up. We won’t change things up. It’ll be a battle of wills, and somebody will come out on top. At the end of the day, we’ve got to do what we did to get here.”

(on if the NFL should remove marijuana from its list of banned substances) “It’s not really one of the things I’ve thought about. I don’t know. I think it’s fine. It’s worked so far. It’s been fine with everybody. Everybody’s done well and abided by the rules for the most part. I haven’t seen any players adamantly come out and be like, ‘I’m tired of this rule,’ or, ‘I’m tired of this.’ I’m sure, as they said, they’ll look into it and make a decision on it. But I think it’s been fine so far, and it’ll continue to be fine.”

(on if Manning can take advantage of Seattle’s physicality) “I don’t know if we play against Peyton on the edge, so I don’t know if he can necessarily use our physicality against us. But I’m sure his receivers will try to, and they’ll have an opportunity to. But like I said before, we’re going to use what worked to get here. We’re going to play the same brand of football that we’ve been playing – a physical brand. We’re going to go out there, run and hit. It’s football at its simplest form. We’re going to run around and hit people as hard as we can and as many times as we can. We’ll see how the game plays.”

(on his relationship with Tampa Bay CB Darrelle Revis) “We’ve had a few conversations. He’s a great guy and we squashed all the nonsense. As a corner, at the cornerback position, I think every one of them out there is going to say that they’re the best, and that’s the way you’ve got to play the position. I’m sure every corner out there that’s playing good football right now – the (Cleveland CB) Joe Haden’s, the (Arizona CB) Patrick Peterson’s, the Darrelle Revis’s, the (New England CB) Aqib Talib’s, the (Tennessee CB) Alterraun Verner’s – feels like they’re the best corner in football. In order to play this game at the highest level, that’s how you’ve got to feel. That’s the confidence you feel. Now they may not go out and say it out loud and proclaim it like I do, but I’m 100 percent sure they feel that way. They play some great football and they deserve to feel that way as well. Like I said, I’m going to feel the way I am and they’re going to feel the way they are, and that’s just good corners playing football.”

(on if Revis was angry at him) “No, not at all. I think one of those things, just like a lot of other things, is a lot of media fabrication more than anything. People make it more of a big deal than it really is. Guys have conversations off the field and are good friends. People would be surprised. They think they’re really mortal enemies, and it’s really not like that.”


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