This was one of the more entertaining press conferences of the year for Richard Sherman, who talked about his friendship with Larry Fitzgerald, the last time he felt desperate in life, whether the team is having a Super Bowl hangover, Patrick Peterson, and more. There’s some video, and then some quotes:
(On the team feeling desperate) I don’t feel desperate—it’s another championship opportunity for us. We’re going to go out there—it’s another division opponent so we’re very familiar with one another and it’ll be a fun game.
(On the last time he felt desperate) When I had negative thirty-eight dollars in my account and I needed a ride home—that was college but don’t pay the players.
(On what year was it he felt desperate) That was senior year—the good ole days.
(On the team possibly having a Super Bowl hangover) I don’t know—a lot of injuries have happened and I don’t know if that has anything to do with a Super Bowl hangover or football being a very violent sport. Like I said before, sometimes you don’t get the bounces, sometimes you do. We’ve been in a lot of close games, ball hasn’t bounced our way—it happens. It’s not from a lack of guys playing hard, a lack of guys executing—I mean guys are playing hard and executing and sometimes you get the bounces, sometimes you don’t.
(On fixing the tackling issues) I don’t know; that’s a tough one because every individual tackle is different for every individual guy. So you can drill it up, and work on it as much as you can but until you get in those individual moments, a lot of the time you spend tackling aren’t in a lot of positions that you work on. You’re not always working on a guy in the open field—as quick as these guys are or as strong as these guys are. So every opportunity is different—some teams will tackle a guy better than they tackle others. I don’t think it has anything to do with working on it, I think guys just have trouble with it sometimes.
(On guys doing too much in their assigned area) Not really—you can have the flats and they throw it to Jamaal Charles in the flats and you’re right in front of him—right in the area where you’re supposed to be and you grab him and he slips away, that has nothing to do with positioning or execution, it’s just one man’s will versus another man’s—sometime they’re tough to bring down.
(On how different are the Arizona Cardinals without Carson Palmer) They’re a little bit different, but they still take the shots. I think they trust Carson to run the offense and they give him a little bit more of the playbook, but I don’t think they’re afraid to take shots with the young kid [Drew Stanton], he’s doing a great job—last game they threw five or six shots and he bombed Detroit [Lions] a couple times. Obviously, they’re still using their offense to take shots and they’re using him to do that.
(On how different is that from last week) It’s a lot different—Alex [Smith] is conservative, he likes to be efficient with the football—he doesn’t take a lot of shots. This guy, I think they took six in the first 30 plays last week. So they like to get it down the field, they like to throw the ball with him.
(On Arizona having the second best secondary in the league) I don’t know—depends on who you’re calling the first. I don’t know—we don’t really watch other teams and compare like that, but they have some great guys and they’re playing some great defense right now. They’re winning—they’re 9-1 so anytime you’re winning, you’re feeling good about how you’re playing.
(On preparing for a young quarterback) I think it’s always different for different guys, but teams usually go by four or five game breakdown and I think he’s started four games now so I’m sure they have enough tape to diagnose how the team likes to use him and what they think are his strengths and what they don’t like to do with him.
(On what stands out about last year’s loss to Arizona) It was just a gritty game—it was a back and forth game. I don’t remember anything exceptional or being different from any other divisional game—it’s a grind it out, low scoring, and usually coming down to the last couple drives. They played some good football at the end—we were able to take the ball off of them a couple times, they were able to get the ball. It’s a division game—it’s going to be a grind it out.
(On his friendship with Larry Fitzgerald) Well just playing against the guy—you compete against him and I saw him in Arizona at one point and we talked about his event and things that he likes to do—found out he does a lot of charitable work and he was actually in connection with a few charities and he thought it would be a good idea if I attended his charity event and it was a great deal so we been friends ever sense.
(On John Brown and Odell Beckam comparison) I think they’re two different kinds of receivers—both of them have big strong hands, they’ve caught the ball well, and they’re both great route runners. I think Odell Beckam is used a little more on the outside now because they have too—they use him both in the slot and the outside and John Brown is primarily an inside threat.
(On how disruptive are the team’s injuries) I wouldn’t call it disruptive, it’s just different. Continuity helps in this league and when you’re unable to have continuity for a while, it kind of jumbles how you’re able to play. K.J. [Wright] is a perfect example—K.J. goes from Will to Mike and then he has to stay in Mike and then he goes back to Will—that’s not a lot of continuity. [Brandon] Mebane goes down so Kevin Williams has to play a bigger role. In the secondary, we’ve had Kam [Chancellor] down a few games. When those things happen, you just have to make up for it and guys have to come in and play and it’s been a big time opportunity for some guys to play and to get some experience but it’s tough in terms of continuity.
(On getting Bobby Wagner back) It would mean a lot—obviously it will mean K.J. gets to go back to Will—his natural spot. Bobby’s a big time player for us, he makes a lot of great plays and he makes a lot of difficult tackles in space. I think it’s always great to get one of your starters back.
(On closing the schedule with five division games) I don’t think it’s anything different—I always thought it was always that way. I never really look that closely to the schedule, but I thought we always ended with the division. It’s fun—it’s going to be fun football: teams that you know, teams that you’re familiar with—at the end of the day, it’ll have an impact on who goes to the playoffs. This is the stuff that you play for, that’s why you love the game.
(On would he call for flags) I don’t think that you would have to anymore. I think back in the day, when they had guys like Deion [Sanders] and guys were really jamming guys and doing some wild stuff, then I might flop a little bit, but now you don’t even have to flop; they’re going to call it. If they touch you past five yards it’s a penalty.
(On any publicizing with playing Patrick Peterson) Not really—as you said, we won’t ever see each other on the same field so it’s not something I worry about. I’ll leave that to our receivers—we’re going against a great set of receivers in Fitz [Larry Fitzgerald] and [Malcolm] Floyd, now [John] Brown is having a great year so that’s where you get your competition, that’s where you know that you’re going to get a challenge, and it’s always exciting going against great guys.