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September 10, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman: “I need the ball”

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman met the media today, and Topic A was the decision of the Packers last week to avoid throwing the ball his way even oncce during Seattle’s 36-16 win.

While Sherman knows it’s a statement of his proficiency at cornerback, he also says he wants to be involved more.

“I’m flattered,” he said. “But I mean it doesn’t make as much sense to me as it does you guys. I’m a ballplayer. You don’t make impact of a game. You don’t get the ball you know it’s not as much impact, that’s how I feel. Everybody has their own opinions of it, but I need the ball.”

Sherman was told that one on-line betting site has placed an over-under of three for how many passes will go his way this week against San Diego.

Said Sherman: “I did not know that. They can do that? That’s legal? Vegas will make you gamble on anything.”

Asked what he can do to get more involved even if teams want to avoid him, he said: “You know you have to get craftier with how you do it. Within this game of defense, my opportunities will come.”

Here’s more of what Sherman said:

(On how he handles the fallout from the lack of targets towards his side vs. Green Bay) I don’t know, I just kept practicing and I haven’t been the same, the other week is in the past now and you prepare for the next week, prepare for the next opponent so you know we have just been preparing for San Diego watching film and getting ready for that ball game.

(On him getting louder) There’s many methods to my madness. I’m going to have to dig into my bag a little bit.

(On when he tries to get the ball thrown to him) You know I’m loud but quiet, I’m quietly loud.

(On his impact and does it take him awhile to grasp back into the game) It’s still taking me a while. It’s still taking me a second to understand that. You want to be a part of the game. You want to make plays and help your team win. If that means you’re not doing anything apparently, then that’s what I got to do.

(On moving around instead of staying at left cornerback) No we don’t do that. Like I said before, that’s a form of disrespect to your other corner. We don’t do the disrespect. We have great players everywhere and you treat them as such. You don’t disrespect your other guy by saying you can’t guard him so I go over there and guard him, that’s a slap in the face.

(On secondary changes without Jeremy Lane, what are you going to miss him being out on the field) He’s an explosive athlete. He’s a scrappy-as-they-come ball player. And obviously we will miss his tenacity; his gritty go for it all mentality. He’ll be back this year so we are not having a funeral for him yet. We will be happy welcoming him back, but in the meantime [Marcus] Burley, he did a great job at the end last game against a very tough quarter back, very tough team, tough assignments walking in there to Randall Cobb being your first live action. I think he did admirable job and I think he will do well in his spot for now.

(On what he has seen from Marcus Burley at this point) I mean he is disciplined. He plays sound football. He’s scrappy. Scrap until the end of the play to get them down. He plays with no fear. At the corner and the nickel when you play with his defense that’s how you have to play. He is savvy; he knows where he needs to be.

(On if the team has discussed Ray Rice) Well Pete [Carroll] discussed it for a second this morning. It’s an unfortunate situation. A situation I’m sure he never wanted to be in. Obviously he made his mistakes and I think he is dealing with the consequences for what he did and it is what it is. I try not to talk about people off the field, if we had something to talk about on the field I would but you can’t throw stones from a glass house.

(On going from one great quarterback to another, thoughts on Philip Rivers) It’s the NFL. It’s the NFL, you go from Rivers to Manning, that’s the league. That’s the league we live in. That’s what we like, as competitors you want to highest challenge you can get. Philip is a gun slinger. He’s an elite quarterback in his league. We are happy to play him. We are happy to have that kind of challenge. We know he will challenge us and we will challenge him back. That’s the kind of ball game you want to play.

(On if he prefers to play against a pocket passer like Rivers or someone who is more mobile) Truthfully I don’t mind. I’m sure defensive line has more of a thought in that, in that respect. I don’t mind pocket passer or scrambler because you have to get the ball to the receiver whether you’re scrambling or whether you in the pocket, you got to throw it.

(On which type of quarterback does he think the defense plays best against) Once again, it’s indifference. I think we are fine against pocket passers. We’ve played against scramblers. We’ve played well against both type of quarter backs. Obviously we deal with both types of quarterbacks in our division you know [Colin] Kaepernick is a runner and then you got the pocket passers like Carson Palmer who sit in there and sling the ball around. Sam Bradford in the same way but we’ve done well with both types of quarterbacks.

(On if a specific Arizona CB played more on one side vs. the Chargers than the other) Yeah I did notice that. Stand on their sides. That’s how it goes sometimes you have to set the trend for people to follow.

(On going against the Chargers the in the preseason) No, no, Philip played one series and their starters didn’t play very long. Their receivers played a little while, but you don’t get too much out of it.

(On what his thoughts are on being named player rep) I’m happy. You’re happy to do what you can for your team and speak up for your team and give opinions. I feel like that’s needed in our PA and it will be a fun year for me.

(On what he wants to do in the player rep role) Not really, I’m not the player president. I just want to be educated and educate my teammates on the events and things that we’re dealing with in PA and make sure everybody is informed.

(On if him and FS Earl Thomas had a conversation about the fumbled punt) We did not.

(On in his mind what happened with the fumbled punt) Oh nothing, it was a short punt. The guy ran into him and he ran into the guy, it happens.

(On what he thinks of FS Earl Thomas being taken out of that role) I don’t really think about it at all. I’m sure he doesn’t mind. It was a bunch of people killing him and killing Pete [Carroll] for putting him back there and now everybody is like, oh my God, you’re taking him from back there? What are you doing? He’s the best safety in the league, you know? Pick your poison.

(On if pre-snap adjustments affect his preparation) Not at all. They do a lot of pointing and a lot of jibber jabber, we’re going to run regardless of what they do. Aaron [Rodgers] did a lot of pre-snap adjustments and they make their checks and if you can pre-snap adjusting, Godspeed.

(On leaving a legacy and if they ever talk about going 19-0) No we’ve never talked about that. Leaving a legacy is guys taking everything personal in a respect. Guys wanting to win their one-on-one matchups and guys wanting to work as hard as they can to be individually as great as they can be so collectively we can be great. I think that’s the task that a lot of guys give themselves and the goals guys set for themselves so that collectively we can be a great unit.


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