For those concerned about Richard Sherman and the Madden Curse, it’s worth reminding that Sherman already has, uh, batted down one other notorious jinx:
Yep, it was a little less than a year ago that Sherman graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, to no apparent later harm.
So, too, did Russell Wilson for one of SI’s regional NFL preview issues (so maybe he only had to stiff-arm one-fourth of the SI jinx). Sherman was also again on the cover the week prior to the Super Bowl.
Sherman also made clear in this interview last night that he was pretty darn happy to be on the cover, calling it “a humbling experience.”
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) June 7, 2014
Also interesting in that interview to hear Sherman say what he thinks it will take to repeat — “perseverance.”
That figures to be a bigger deal than curses or jinxes.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Interesting stuff here from Pro Football Focus, analyzing how QBs performed depending on how deep they dropped in the target. Illustrating Seattle’s use-the-run-to-set-up-big-plays philosophy, Russell Wilson led all QBs in average depth of target (explained here) when throwing from seven-step drops.
— ESPN asking fans to vote on the top three plays in Seahawks history (sounds like a good idea for our own blog post later).
— Some Colts fans poking some fun at Sherman.
— Cliff Avril to be honored by his alma mater.
— 2013 Seahawk draftee Chris Harper reported to be having a nice off-season with the Packers.
— ShutdownCorner with some thoughts on overrated and underrated aspects of the NFL.