Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman talked to the media following Sunday’s practice.
Here are some quotes, and below that some video:
(On the first couple days at camp) It’s been good. You know just getting back into the rhythm of things, everybody just getting back up to speed, to the tempo we play at. It’s been a good couple of days for the young guys to learn some things.
(On tempo coming off of a super bowl) I’m pretty happy how everybody came back. They came back hungry and ready to go, everybody came back in shape for the most part and people are out there making plays.
(On the emphasis on illegal contact being highlighted and if he pays attention to that) I don’t pay any attention to that. Illegal contact has always been a rule in the league it doesn’t change this time this year. It was a rule last year as well, it doesn’t matter to me.
(On what he wants to see from the team) You just want to see more growth. You want to see guys take the next step and I think they will this camp. I think a lot of more guys will get more opportunities than they have had in the past. They’ll take advantages of those opportunities. They aren’t letting the vets get as many opportunities because they want to see the young guys get out there and show what they can do. So it’s good to see what they can do.
(On Tharold Simon following in his footsteps) Yeah, he is a great player. He has a great knack for when to jump for the ball. He has great speed, great length obviously and he’s just learning the position. He is still a little bit raw but he has tremendous talent and I think he will be a great corner when it’s all set and done.
(On losing depth as a whole and what he expects to see from the young guys stepping in) The same thing we’ve always seen. Competitors. Guys that can step in and do the job. I think that’s a testament that Pete and John have always done. They have always got great depth. They have always got great corners especially picking guys in secondary who are hungry and who know how to play the game.
(On Jeremy Lane) Jeremy Lane is incredibly instinctive. He’s quick, he plays fast, and he’s aggressive. He is more aggressive than his size would say he would be. He is kind of like Earl in that sense, with his competitiveness, he is just over competitive. Walk through he won’t give up a pass, I’m sure if he was playing catch with his daughter I’m sure he would let her catch it. He is just a great ball player, he forgets about mistakes and the past plays. All those makings have a great making of a great corner.
(On losing leadership and being ready to step up with Earl) I think we lead by example. And that’s how our team plays. Guys follow guys who make plays, and who show up on game days and make big plays in big games. We have all those things so we have tremendous leadership. We have guys who show up in big games. They don’t have to talk they don’t have to say what they are going to do, they don’t have to give a rah-rah speech but when you need them they will be there for you. That’s the kind of guys we got and those are the kind of guys we need.
(On if leading is something he thinks of with the other guys not being here) No not at all. Like I said before, we lead by example and the example will be what it has been. Earl Thomas is going to say a lot, Kam Chancellor is not going to say a lot, guys know who the leaders are guys know who to follow and when you are following those guys then we will be fine.
(On if he feels like one of the old guys now in his fourth season) It feels different. You feel more comfortable with the environment, comfortable with the surroundings obviously, the play book, the game is slowed down, you’re seeing things happen that you know is going to happen but no, you don’t feel like an old guy yet, I got to get three or four more years before I start feeling like an old guy. I think we are starting to get where we need to be chemistry wise and the secondary on defense, and I think we have a great thing going.
(On what he is working on within the camp) I’m always working on discipline within the defense. I think every day we are working on disciplined, being discipline with our eyes, being disciplined with our feet, our angles, our technique and that’s something’s that’s never perfected. You always strive for perfection and you never get there so that’s something I’m always working to perfect and that’s something everyone else is doing as well.
(On working to get better even after a Super Bowl win) Watching film. Within myself I see myself still hustling for balls. You still chase balls, you still dive, you still go after them just like you always have, you see some guys who they say make business decisions, they don’t take that hit, they turn down this play and they turn down that play and I don’t constantly think about any of those things. I just think about making as any new plays while we are out here and make sure I was doing my job correctly. I think you have seen that from all the guys who have big contracts, nothing has changed about their game and nothing has changed about their approach.
(On Marshawn Lynch) I feel good about it; I think he will be fine. I think whichever decision he makes I will be fine with. I think he has put his work in and if he comes back ready to play and ready to go then that what it will be. I’m sure he is in shape and I’m sure he will take his three-hundred or three-hundred and fifty carries that he takes and be our work horse. And if it’s his time then other guys will step up and we will go out there and play.
(On first day in pads, any changes at all) Not really. A little bit more thudding up for the trenches, the defensive line and offensive line guys. That’s a grown man’s game down there so those grown men are playing their game. I’m sure their shoulders are a little more sore but it’s a game of chess and checkers out there and that shows we are playing it.
(On getting back to football) It feels good. It always feels good to get back to what you do and every time we get out here, you feel like you’re at home working hard, getting a sweat, and back with your guys. This is what we are supposed to do and this is what we get paid for and we enjoy it. I’m happy to get out here and play this kids game again and the season is going to go. I think we spend our off season waiting for this to come back around and we are just as excited as we were last year.
[do action=”brightcove-video” videoid=”3699673482001″/]