Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman appeared on the NFL Network’s Total Access again tonight, and among other things talked about his rivalry with 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree.
This time, though, Sherman had not much to say on that, saying he’s just about done discussing that topic.
“I’m pretty much done talking about that,” Sherman said, according to a transcript released by NFL Network. “It’s getting old, it’s getting old for me. I’m tired of people asking me about it.”
Here’s some more of what he had to say:
On Cardinals cornerback Antonio Cromartie using the argument that he is the only cornerback to have double-digit interceptions in a single season since 2007 to claim he should be considered one of the best in the NFL: “I mean, that’s true. He’s the last person with double-digit picks. He had a great year when he got 10. That was one of the best years a corner’s had in a long time and you can’t argue with that at all. But it was like he said 2007. Resting on your reputation a little bit there.”
On if he has any interest in following one receiver around the field during a game, rather than only playing on one side of the field as he does now: “Not at all. I’ve watched a lot of great corners and a lot of great corners on winning teams. Deion [Sanders], if you really check he was a right corner for a long period of time and then he was a left corner with Dallas, but people don’t pay attention to stuff like that. But that’s how you win championships: you have stability on your defense. The only reason a corner has to move is because your defense isn’t very good because you don’t trust your other corner. That’s just a disrespect to your other corner and the rest of the people in your secondary if you have to follow everybody around. It kind of kills the integrity of the defense at times. A lot of times it’s for null. I don’t think anybody has followed somebody around every game and totally stopped them from catching and stopped them from doing what they wanted to do. Still touchdowns given up, still yards given up. So you could really perfect one side of the field and help your team like that. If they want to help the other side or compensate that way, then you can lean your safety and there are other ways to help the defense without totally compromising it.”
On his thoughts about the first game against the San Francisco 49ers in 2014: “I didn’t really pay attention to it any more than I paid attention to any other game. I saw we got the first game of the season against Green Bay on Thursday night football and that’s the one we’re going to prepare for. That’s the only one we concern ourselves with right now, and then after that we’ll prepare for San Diego and so on and so forth. That’s how we approach it in Seattle: it’s what’s next. Right now, Green Bay is next.”