A couple of Richard Sherman-related notes to pass along as well this afternoon.
— First, the Seahawks cornerback has reached the semi-finals of the voting for the cover of Madden NFL 15 where he will face a familiar rival — 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick. We’ll see if Kaepernick tries to try Sherman with a sorry get-out-the-vote campaign.
Here are details on the vote from ESPN:
The Madden NFL 15 Cover Vote has reached the semi-finals, and four of the NFL’s most-talented young players vie to be the face of the storied franchise. The NFL’s hottest rivalry reignites, as Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman battles San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick once more. On the other side of the bracket, dynamic QBs Cam Newton and Andrew Luck go toe-to-toe for their shot at the final round. Will Kaepernick earn some measure of vindication after last year’s NFC Championship game, or will Sherman once again deny him the glory? Can Newton become the only player to ever reach the finals of the Madden Cover Vote twice, or does Luck prove he’s just as capable at winning off the field as he is on it?
The answers to these questions are in the hands of the fans, as they can go to ESPN.com/maddenvote to determine who they want to see in the finals. They can also campaign on behalf of their favored winner by using the hashtag #MaddenCover. The finalists will be revealed Friday, May 30, at 4:00pm ET on NFL Live on ESPN. The two finalists will appear and the overall winner will be announced live from LA LIVE Plaza in a special segment during the 6 p.m. hour of SportsCenter on Friday, June 6.
— Next, Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson today responded to some of Sherman’s recent barbs about his play with a few of his own today in a radio interview.
Specifically, Peterson noted that Sherman lines up almost solely on the left side and said that means that Sherman isn’t a true shutdown corner since he isn’t necessarily assigned to an opponent’s best receiver.
Here’s an excerpt from ESPN:
“I don’t want to get into that debate as far as the stats that he has and things he has,” Peterson said. “Obviously, his job is definitely much easier than mine. If you look at their scheme and look at our scheme, he’s a cover-three corner. Period.”
Peterson acknowledged that fans will likely only look at interceptions, and Sherman wins that category. He has 20 interceptions since 2011 compared to Peterson’s 12.
“He’s only covering space. He’s not really covering a guy,” Peterson said. “At the end of the day, he has great stats and he has great play-making ability, not taking that away from him because he is a good corner.
“But as far as being a shut-down corner, man-to-man guy, in my eyes I don’t believe he’s that.”
Sherman then responded by re-Tweeting this from Pete Damilatis of Pro Football Focus:
I'd rather have a Richard Sherman shut down one side of the field, than a Patrick Peterson inconsistently covering all of it.
— Pete Damilatis (@PFF_Pete) May 22, 2014
@PFF_Pete this kid gave up as many Tds this year as I have in my career. He wouldn't last in our system bcuz he gives up too many Tds
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) May 22, 2014
So yeah, the Seahawks-Cardinals games will be interesting this year.