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January 25, 2015 at 6:59 PM

Transcript of Richard Sherman’s Sunday media session in Phoenix

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Here’s the full transcript with Richard Sherman’s session with the media on Sunday in Phoenix

(on the team’s fan support this morning leaving Seattle) “It was great. It’s outstanding. Our fans are always phenomenal.”

(on this week’s distractions) “Our team is a very focused team. We’re not an easily distracted team. We know what we’re here for, so it should be a good week for us.”

(on his elbow) “It’s getting better. I had a good week of practice so it should be good.”

(on if he was able to stretch his elbow out) “I’ve been able to move it a lot better than I did earlier.”

(on New England tight end Rob Gronkowski) “I think he’s a good player. Obviously he does well in their offense.”

(on Seattle cornerback Jeremy Lane’s comments on Gronkowski) “(Lane is) entitled to his own opinion, but I think (Gronkowski) is pretty great.”

(on what Seattle can learn from the experience of playing New England in 2012) “They’re still running the same plays. There are some tricks here and there, but they run the same offense. You can take a few things. They were a lot younger then. I think they’re more polished.”

(on the differences he can see in himself since 2012) “I have three more All-Pros.”

(on the historical significance of attempting to repeat a Super Bowl win) “I don’t think much of the historical significance of that. We’re just out here trying to win a ball game. Our focus is on that. Our focus is on playing good football. The rest of it will fall in place.

(on how he felt regarding the recent controversy in New England) “It was indifferent. It doesn’t really affect us at all. It wasn’t like we cared either way, honestly. It didn’t really affect us either way.”

(on not having the intense media coverage that they normally would due to the New England controversy) “It’s all the same. No matter what. Pressure is something that is created by the media. I don’t they feel much pressure, and neither do we, about the situation. There’s no imminent threat of anything happening. There’s no pressure there. Probably a little annoying about being asked the same questions over and over, but that’s not something that anybody isn’t used to.”

 (on if the recent controversy has made New England into a ‘villian’) “No. I think they’re still looked at the same way they are always looked at. It’s not like one little thing. I think their fans are still saying, ‘Let’s move on.’ That’s nothing, just like everybody else. That’s not made them the villains. I guess the league comes out and hands out punishments and confirm wrongdoings. Then, I think you have a little bit of that.”

(on how his game measures up against New England cornerback Darrelle Revis) “I don’t measure my game to anybody’s. I don’t have a great answer to that question. I think my game measures up pretty well to myself.”

(on his relationship with former teammate and current New England cornerback Brandon Browner) “We have conversations. He’s still a great friend of mine. We wish him nothing but the best.”

(on Seattle’s wide receivers) “Our receivers are outstanding. They’re outstanding. They do a great job of doing what they’re asked to do. The majority of that time it’s blocking. When the game is on the line and it’s happened on a few occasions throughout these playoffs and playoffs last year – they step up to the challenge. Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse make big plays for us. Our tight ends – Luke Wilson, Tony Moeaki, Cooper Helfet – have made big-time plays for us. I think they are good as we need them to be. If they were in a pass-happy offense, their numbers would swell just like everybody else’s. But they’re not in a pass-happy offense. They’re in an offense with Marshawn Lynch as a focal point and Russell Wilson and our running game. They do a great job with what they’re asked to do.”

(on not being able to participate in the Pro Bowl) “That would insinuate that I’m disappointed that I’m in the Super Bowl, so, no, I’m perfectly fine with being in the Super Bowl. The one thing I’m disappointed in is that they won’t give us our gifts from the Pro Bowl, which is kind of dumb. The NFL is the only league that punishes the players that make the all-star game.”

(on the perception of New England being close to the line in following the rules) “I think perception is reality. It is what it is. Their resume speaks for itself. You talk about getting close to the line, this and that. I don’t really have a comment about that. Their past is what their past is. Their present is what their present is. Will they be punished? Probably not. Not as long Robert Kraft and Roger Goodell are still taking pictures at their respective homes. (Goodell) was just at Kraft’s house last week before the AFC Championship. Talk about conflict of interest. As long as that happens, it won’t affect them at all.”

(on facing New England quarterback Tom Brady) “We just faced Aaron (Rodgers). We face great quarterback every year. We faced Peyton (Manning) last year. You have a great feel and respect for what they’ve been doing in this game and their longevity.”

(on New England’s receivers and how Seattle matches up against them) “I think we match up fine. I think they’re similar to our receivers in that they’re underrated, they don’t get a lot of the spotlight. But they do a great job. Julian Edelman has had a fantastic year. They do great with what they’re always asked to do. They’re not always asked to have huge games and to have a huge effect on the game, but they work hard, they run their routes precisely and when they’re asked to make big plays, they make them.”

(on how well cornerback Byron Maxwell has played since being thrown in late last season) “Maxwell has been phenomenal for the past two years that he’s been allowed to play. He stepped in and we had a seamless transition. He made big play after big play whether it was an interception or tipped balls, or the play in the Super Bowl where he had a big-time punch out (fumble) on Demaryius (Thomas). I think every year he just finds a new way to develop his game and take it to a new level. I think he’s a tremendous asset to the defense.”

(on where the edge continues to come from in regard to Russell Wilson and the rest of the team) “Well, the motivation for a lot of us is a chip on our shoulder. Obviously, he was drafted in the third round, it’s repeated. But no matter how much you get paid, no matter how many career goals, how many accolades you get you never forget that disrespect that you had to deal with. He was a third rounder, thought he should have been a first rounder and peoples’ slights on him were physical traits that he couldn’t do anything about. It wasn’t his ability on the football field, it was he’s too short. Obviously, he’s tall enough to make the Super Bowl twice, you know? There’s 6-5 quarterbacks that are at home right now. I think that’s the biggest motivation for a lot of our players, the slights.”

 

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