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December 3, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman: “They have to deal with us as much as we have to deal with them”

Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman had no accompaniment when he took to the podium for his weekly regular press conference Wednesday. No cardboard cutouts.

Instead, this was regular Sherman unplugged, as he talked about the game against the Eagles, reaction to last week’s presser and more. Here are a few highlights, with some video below:

— Sherman, asked about reaction from players around the league to last week’s press conference said “I did got a lot of positive feedback. Any time you are talk about the hypocrisy of the league, players are going to agree with you.” Sherman said both of his points —- player safety and the league’s stance on what players can and cannot endorse — drew an equally popular response. “Everybody wanted me to say something about (NFL commissioner) Roger Goodell. But it’s (like) what don’t you say about Goodell.”

— Sherman said the return of Bobby Wagner has been huge, and used his time on stage to put in a plug for  Wagner for the Pro Bowl this year, saying “we’re going to get Bobby in the game this year.”

— Asked about facing the Eagles’ up-tempo offense, Sherman said: “We don’t treat it any differently. We don’t panic in those situations. We understand in those situations they have to deal with us as much as we have to deal with them. Hurry up offense, hurry up defense. It’s not like they are any more or less human than we are. They get tired, they get fatigued. Just have to look within yourself and man up and stand up in those situations and I think that’s what our defense does well.”

— Sherman said playing on Thursday and having the weekend off — the team was off from Friday through Monday — feels like a second bye. “And boy did we need it,” Sherman said. “It felt any time you get an extended amount of rest and recovery, I think it’s needed especially in this league and how long and grinding the seasons are. Guys need breaks like this, especially when we had an early bye so you don’t get a break for a very long time. So guys needed it and I think we took advantage of it.”

— Sherman also mentioned that the fact that the Seahawks went relatively easy last week — they were sort of forced to with the short week, but the team essentially had just three walk-through practices, similar to what they have done in the past in such situations, helped. “Tremendously,” he said. “I think it’s a huge factor.” Sherman said it showed that Carroll had trust in the players to know that they will still get prepared in the same manner even if they take it lighter on their feet. “It took a lot of trust on his behalf for the players,” he said. “But we are the same guys that have been with him for 4-5-6 years so I think that comes with time.”

— Sherman also thanked a reporter for noticing that he seems to be more involved in defending the run this year, saying it was one of his off-season priorities.

— Finally, asked about Seattle again controlling its destiny in the NFC West, Sherman said “I never thought we didn’t control it.”

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman talks to the media Wednesday.

 

 

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