Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman met the media after practice Tuesday to talk about the end of the preseason, expectations for the regular season, and more. Here’s the transcript, with some video below:
(On if this week is dragging with regular season right around the corner) Not really, it’s part of the process, part of the growing process. Guys are still working for roster spots, guys are still working hard trying to get their technique together. So it’s not dragging at all for us.
(On the team not having a defensive holding penalty the first three weeks of the preseason considering the changes on the emphasis this year) We didn’t adjust anything. We’ve been playing the game the right way. We continue to play it the right way. Everybody just complains and whines about us breaking the rules, etc., etc. Apparently they break the rules a lot more than we do. So it’s just funny to watch it. The same thing that makes you laugh makes you cry. So it makes us laugh.
(On how impressed he’s been with the offense these past couple of weeks) Really impressed, really impressed. They’ve been really explosive. They’ve been incredible getting the ball down the field. They’ve been great with converting third downs and just making things happen. They look very comfortable out there and very smooth.
(On how much more depth there is with the receiving corps) I think they’ve always had depth. I think our receiving corps has always been underrated and they’ve always shown up in big games when we needed big plays. They’re always there to deliver them. Whether it’s Doug [Baldwin], [Jermaine] Kearse, Percy [Harvin], whoever it may be, whoever we need to make a big play, makes it.
(On how this team has turned their late-round, undrafted cornerbacks into really great players and if it is a scouting or coaching technique) I couldn’t tell you, I couldn’t tell you. That’s all I want to say. We just work hard at our technique and what we’re asked to do. I think guys come in here and they’re given certain instructions and they’re following the instructions “to-a-T.” It simplifies the game for them.
(On how much of the good stuff on the offense can be attributed to Russell Wilson) I believe a great deal of it. He’s going through his progressions. He’s making the right read and he’s minimizing negative plays as he calls it. When he doesn’t have anything, he’ll run for three, four yards and that’s a big deal and keeping it to the third and threes, the third and twos, the third and shorts. You’re always going to keep those and then converting them. So I think they’re all doing a great job.
(On Phillip Adams at nickel) He’s smooth. He’s good with his technique. He understands the defense. He understands where he’s supposed to be. Whenever you understand your role like that you have a great chance of making plays and being in the right spots.
(On how life has changed since winning the Super Bowl) Not much at all. Obviously people want more of your attention and your signature and things like that but not much otherwise.
(On if winning the Super Bowl feels like the pinnacle of his career) No, it doesn’t. It feels like we have got more to go, more to accomplish, more things to do. I don’t think anybody on our team is complacent with one championship.
(On his first impression of Earl Thomas) I thought he was a passionate football player. I thought he was a guy who is very focused on his end goal and a guy who plays the game the right way and not much has changed since then. He’s still a guy that plays the game the right way. He studies diligently and he does everything he’s supposed to do to be a great player in this league.
(On anything specific Earl Thomas did early on to impress him or catch his attention) Well, I mean, you see his practice habits. His practice habits are outstanding. It translates into the game. He plays at a different speed than everyone else.
(On if it motivates him to hear that the Seahawks won’t win the Super Bowl again because history says it won’t happen) Not really. We’ve never cared about people’s opinions and it doesn’t really change now. Guys have always had their opinions. I’m sure a lot of people didn’t pick us to win last year. It doesn’t matter to us. They don’t get any criticism when they get it wrong so they have no reason to really study it and nail it on the head so who knows what will happen. We will go out there and give it our best shot and put our best foot forward.
(On if he feels the Seahawks are respected as a team and if he is respected as a player) We don’t think about that. We go out there and we focus on what we have to do and do our jobs. All that will come in the long-run. Respect from people who don’t play the game means nothing to us.
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