There have been some, well, different press conferences involving Seahawks players this season.
Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman said today he had plans for another that would have gone in the “unique” file, saying he hoped to sing “Silent Night” along with teammate Doug Baldwin.
Baldwin accompanied Sherman to the auditorium, but was cut off by coach Pete Carroll, so what would have been one of the more interesting renditions of that holiday favorite will go unheard, for now.
Sherman, though, was his usual entertaining self today, talking for 20 minutes or so on a variety of topics.
Asked, for instance, the reaction on the Seattle sideline as Marshawn Lynch’s 79-yard TD run unfolded on Sunday, Sherman said: “Shock and awe. And then expecting him to keep going and then more shock and awe. And then anticipation of what he was going to do at the end. And then joy … how he entered the end zone. There’s a certain flair to the way he entered the end zone.”
Indeed there was.
Here’s Sherman on a few other topics. …
— On if he would have gotten Lynch down: “I guarantee you if I didn’t get him down I would have gotten him out of bounds.” Baldwin, standing in the back, asked if that meant that he wouldn’t have made the tackle. Replied Sherman: “I’m saying there’s a chance.”
— Told that Seattle would need 17 interceptions Sunday to match last season’s total of 28, Sherman said: “We’re going to shoot for the moon and land on the stars. … there’s a first time for everything.”
— Asked if the defense is better than last season, Sherman said: “I think we’re different. I don’t think better. Hard to say better than a defense that won the Super Bowl and was number one in just about every category.”
— Asked what would frustrate him about the Pro Bowl selections tonight, Sherman said: “If we only have five players named again. It’s kind of frustrating. Sometimes you feel like your teammates are getting punished for being on a good team.”
— Asked if he thinks the Seahawks could contend with some of the best defenses of earlier decades, Sherman said: “I’d love to see us back then. I’d have loved to see us back then with the rules the way they are — no illegal touching, no defensive holding, no roughing the passer. I don’t know if Kam Chancellor, if that would be fair for a lot of people.”
— And asked how he would defend Russell Wilson, Sherman said: “I’d put 13 men on the field.”
Here’s some video of the beginning to Sherman’s press conference with a reference to the ill-fated singing idea.