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October 22, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Quotes and video: Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman

Some good stuff today from Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman about what happened on the final fumble at St. Louis, the state of the Seahawks heading to Carolina, and more. Video below, as well as some transcribed quotes.

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(On who had the ball at the bottom of the pile) Well that’s obviously up for debate. I was a person who thought I had it. The ref was a person who thought he had it. The other team obviously thought they had it so I guess that’s what they end up going with.

(On what goes on under the pile that people couldn’t see) I guess a lot of things that people wouldn’t want to see. It’s the bottom of a pile—I think it’s an experience to be had but I felt like we had the ball and our offense should have gotten another possession but it’s not here nor there. Obviously, they didn’t review it and we have to move on.

(On when did he hear the whistle) Well we heard the whistle probably in the middle of the scrum—they blew the whistle and we had it, but they have to pull everybody off and then they pull the ball out and tell us that we moving back to the old spot—something about you can’t fumble forward.

(On the referee taking the ball from him) From the pile—there was more than one hand on the ball when he got it.

(On does he see intensity from this team for 60 minutes) I think the intensity is fine. I think obviously in games like we’ve had these last couple of weeks, it’s just a few plays here and there. I think all games are lost off a few plays and I think that anyone that knows football will tell you the same. I think that the effort was fine—I think obviously some of the execution could have been better on both sides of the ball. I think at the end of the day, we had a shot to win in and we didn’t make the plays that we needed to do at the end to get the win.

(On how the team handles losing consecutive games) I think we’ve handled it fine. You handle wins and losses the same—you treat the two impostors the same and you move on and continue to treat the next week like a championship opportunity and I think that’s what our team is doing. I think our team is mature enough to move past those losses and continue to grow and to continue to improve.

(On how the protection of quarterbacks changed his game as a defensive back) We haven’t changed much of any part of our game. I think the plays are there to be made and we just haven’t made them—balls haven’t bounced our way as in indicative as what happened at the end; even when the ball does bounce your way, it doesn’t bounce your way. You don’t catch the breaks every year and this year we haven’t caught the same breaks that we caught before. We got to play better football and I think that’s coming in the future.

(On interceptions coming in bunches) They do—they do come in bunches and we’re waiting for that opportunity because once it starts rolling, it really gets rolling fast and it continues week in and week out. I think we just have to stay after it—I think we’ll find our rhythm and we’ll be fine.

(On does he still feel that the illegal contact rule won’t change how the secondary plays) I still feel the same way—I don’t think I’ve been called for illegal contact. I think I’ve gotten one pass interference; I mean I don’t think it changes the way we play at all. I think it’s all the same to us—calls are going to go your way and not go your way throughout the season not matter what the emphasis is and what this, that, and the second is—but I think our team has done fine in that regard. I think, like I said before, the breaks just aren’t coming our way.

(On does he feel that a lack of pass rush causes him to cover longer) Not really—I don’t think we’ve felt like quarterbacks have had extra time or anything like that. I mean it’s been tight coverage, they’ve gotten the ball out fast, but rush and coverage has to work together—we have to find a way to stop those short passes and get them to hold the ball a little bit longer; that’s what we’re going to continue to work on and continue to improve on.

(On has the Percy Harvin trade left an emotional scar) I don’t think it’ll leave an emotional mark. The longer you’re in this game, the more you realize of how much of a business it is and you try to not mix business with personal and obviously he’s a friend, he’s a teammate, but at the end of the day, you have to come to work and you work with who we have and that’s what we do. Obviously, a lot of people have come and gone from this place in my time here and that’s one of the parts of the business that you have to find a way to get used to.

(On challenges of playing Cam Newton) I mean there are a lot of challenges playing Cam. Obviously he’s a threat running the football, he’s a big body, and he’s tough to sack. It’s going to be a challenge for our defensive line and our linebackers and our defense as a whole in containing him. He has a big target in Kelvin Benjamin who he likes to get the ball too. [Greg] Olsen is having a great year, and I think he’s comfortable in his role and obviously he’s matured over the years and become a good quarterback so we have to be aware of all the things he can do.

(On does mobile quarterback make his job tougher) Not really because it’s not your responsibility. At the end of the day, you’re responsible for what you have to do and if he breaks contain and breaks the line of scrimmage, then you rally up and tackle him as a team but it’s not something you think about consciously during the play because you’re more focused on doing your job and the d-line is more focused on doing their job and that’s what allows you to play great discipline defense.

(On if he could have imagine opposing quarterbacks having 122 passer rating) I couldn’t but obviously, that’s what it is—it happens. I think we’ll find our rhythm and I think we’ll get it lowered and good football will come and we’ll win ball games.

(On the mood of the team) I think it’s confident. I think the team is still confident in what we can do, still confident in our abilities. If three losses were to ruin the season, then it would have ruined last year’s season too because we lost three last year then too. I think our team is fine and understands what we need to do to turn it around and we’re confident in our ability to do that.

(On Tharold Simon being over amped) Well if you wait two years to get on the field you are going to be out there hyped up. Obviously, he’s got some things to figure out but I think it’s good to get him out there and to get his first start and get his legs under him. I think he played well—unfortunately he rolled his ankle early on and wasn’t able to finish but I think he’ll be fine and settle down.

(On does he feel if the man/zone coverage ratio usage is similar to last year) I think it’s similar to what it was last year. I don’t think it’s changed very much. I think we still have a decent mix of both in there—mix it up when we need too. Tell you the truth—I don’t think much has changed since last year.

(On does he feel that teams are checking down more when they’re in zone coverage) Maybe—I think obviously they’re attacking underneath zones a little more than last year I guess, but we’re still there making plays, we’re still getting them in third down—it might be a penalty here or a tip pass here or a scramble and a stumble for a yard here; those plays are the plays that we can’t have and those are the little breaks that I was talking about before.

(On how much he thinks Cam Newton has been bothered by his injury) I don’t think he’s been bothered as much in the early games. I think last game it kind of flared up on him a little bit and he was able to overcome it and continue to play in the game but obviously anytime you have an ankle injury it takes a lot—you’re doing a lot of dynamic movements on the ankle so it can get sore, but he’s fought through and done a great job.



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