After tweeting trash talk to Brady, Sherman turns to Megatron

AP

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman tweeted some trash talk at Tom Brady after beating the Patriots. Now Sherman has found a new target.

With the Seahawks preparing to play the Lions and Sherman preparing to cover Calvin Johnson, Sherman is tweaking Johnson’s “Megatron” nickname by referring to himself as “Optimus Prime.” Sherman’s Twitter account now lists his name as Optimus Prime, not Richard Sherman.

For those who aren’t into Transformers, Optimus Prime is the leader of the good-guy Autobots, while Megatron is the leader of the bad-guy Decepticons. Former Lions receiver Roy Williams gave Johnson the Megatron nickname shortly after the Lions drafted Johnson in 2007.

Although Sherman is doing something different on Twitter this week, he downplayed the significance of facing Johnson.

Same challenge as every week,” Sherman told the Seattle Times. “I don’t care who’s out there. It’s the league, boy, they’re going to have a good receiver out there every week where it’s Fitz [Larry Fitzgerald], Steve Smith, you’ve got Brandon Lloyd. No different.”

And Sherman talking trash on Twitter is the same as every week, too.

82 responses to “After tweeting trash talk to Brady, Sherman turns to Megatron

  1. I don’t know if this guy is good or the product of a way-underrated pass rush. That is the probelm I have with Sherman, yes he has made some plays, but perhaps balls coming his way weren’t thrown as well due to the d-front’s pressure. Either way, he is starting to remind me of D-Hall.

  2. Thats awsome. if he didnt talk any smack and just quietly changed his name! good to see people still realizing they can have fun in football.

  3. Sherman can talk if he guards Megatron 1 on 1 with no safety help. We all saw in the first 4 games last year what happens when you take Megatron on that way. 8 TDs, 4 games.

    Unfortunately, there’s no reason for any team to have their safeties help elsewhere. Unless somebody else on the Lions can step up. Ryan Broyles, you’re up.

  4. The Seahawks have a pretty badass defense. Underrated as well.

    But I seriously hope Megatron destroys Optimus Prime this weekend and sends him back to Cybertron.

    Johnson NEVER speaks or talks trash. He knows he is a beast and he lets his game speak for himself. Sherman looks like a buffoon trying to talk his game up. I hope Sherman gets annihilated.

  5. What a copycat. Everyone knows the real optimus prime is Charles Tillman, people started calling him that after he dominated Calvin Johnson last year. Also it is pretty shameless to try and give yourself a nickname, especially one that is taken. I hope Johnson destroys Sherman.

  6. Lol, at least Sherman’s entertaining! And so far this season he’s backed up his mouth pretty well…

  7. Sherman has pretty much shut down everyone he’s faced this season.

    He also leads the league in passes defensed (11), and has 3 picks.

    At 6’3, 200lbs, this will be the biggest test of his short career, and a fun matchup to watch.

  8. You’ve gotta love the trash talk. He should’ve backed it up verbally though…..and not for nothing but Megatron killed Optimus Prime in the movie…and I don’t mean that sham that Bay called Transformers. 🙂

  9. Looks like someone figured out the more you talk the more coverage you get. Media will always go with the easy story. Just what the league needs, another obnoxious loudmouth. Be sure to report everything this idiot has to say.

  10. Not a fan of Detroit in the least but I love watching Megatron put in work. Hope he drops a deuce and 3 tds on these arrogant chumps so their fans can make all their usual excuses. Last week many guaranteed their “far superior” D would steamroll the 49ers. I guess holding Gore to 8 ypc is considered great these days. Just another day at the office huh Sherman? Better hope Thomas has your back because I’ve seen Megatron beat triple and even quadruple coverage on several occasions to find the endzone and he’s about due for a breakout

  11. Pretty original. Especially coming two days after my facebook feed was covered with comments and pictures calling Charles Tillman Optimus Prime after he shut down Calving Johnson on Monday night.

  12. Sorry Richard, I think Charles Peanut Tillman has already taken that title. You can not and will not do a better job on Megatron than him. Nice try though.

  13. I still don’t get it — so Optimus Prime looks like a Geo Metro, but turns into a fighting robot?

    Football has become so complicated.

  14. Great players don’t talk, they do. Sherman needs to realize he’s toying with the most physically gifted receiver since Randy Moss and that it might not be good to egg him on.

  15. I’m not sure Optimus Prime equates to “trash talking”, it’s a reflection of the matchup. Every week the CB facing Megatron is Optimus Prime so to speak

  16. He sounds like a loud mouth, but he’s having fun. We’re too used to players and coaches giving us the cliched and PC answers so as to not become bulletin board material or endure the wrath of “outraged” fans and media. As long as he can back up his talk, unlike a certain Rex Ryan, then let him have some fun with other players.

    PS, I hate the Seachickens.

  17. Professor Sherman needs to calm down and realize he’s not even that good as a corner back. He’s not even the best DB on their team. Just keep holding onto the wr’s you cover buddy.

  18. This is why I prefer hockey.. At some point, you know these two would have to fight.

    As far as that goes, im pretty sure nappy assed Richard Sherman would get his head curb stomped…

  19. Will he change his name to Starscream when Megatron slaps him around all day? Get real Sherman. I guarantee you that when lined up across from Calvin Johnson with no safety help you would get beat 50 out of 50 times.

  20. Wow?! Reading these comments it seems like most of you love the ‘no fun league’ and if someone wants to have some fun you bash him. Also pretty sure the best corner of all time was Neon Deon Sanders. And he never ran his mouth did he? Also guessing most of you didn’t know who he was until the Patriot game.

  21. I like the cut of his jib…
    And for all of you who have probably never seen him play…
    He does back it up…

  22. Never heard of the guy. So maybe Johnson pulls an Arian Foster and asks him his name and to turnaround so he can read it.

  23. Love Richard Sherman. The man believes in himself and never backs down. He sets himself up to look silly with these comments every week but so far has backed it up. Should be a good battle in Detroit.

  24. Sherman is one of, if not the, best CB’s in the game. C. Johnson is one of, if not the, best WR in the game. People need to relax if the players want to talk a little trash. I hate that the NFL is becoming a wussy game that everything not straight laced is a problem.

    This is all in fun – as these guys are probably friends.

  25. Dear Richard –

    We’re tired of you.

    Signed,

    Everybody
    ______
    Don’t agree, but I see where you’re coming from, and it is kind of weird that an up-and-coming young star in the league seems so interested in alienating the public and developing a DeAngelo Hall persona. On that note however-
    _______
    hraiderskin says: Oct 25, 2012 11:53 AM

    …he is starting to remind me of D-Hall.
    _____
    As I said above, they may have similar personality traits, but that’s where the resemblance ends. Sherman is very good tackler for a speedy cornerback, whereas Deangelo Hall always looks like he’s trying to bring his receivers down with a relaxing back rub. I don’t understand how a man can play football his entire life but still have worse tackling form than most of the players on my old pee-wee team.

  26. freakin love it. Dude plays great against the top recievers and shuts them down three picks on the season. should have another one after this week.

    BRING IT ON LIONS

  27. olympiacham says:
    Oct 25, 2012 1:00 PM
    …. Also pretty sure the best corner of all time was Neon Deon Sanders…..

    ———————————————————

    Couldn’t tackle for beans. Certainly not the “best of all time”.

  28. Look at the “finally relevant again” 49er fans chiming in. Stop with the hate. How many passes did your WR’s get against Sherm? Not many huh! Go back to becoming the Santa Clara 49ers and find something else to whine about this week with your coach. Never heard so many complaints out of a 1st place team or their fans. We get it, you haven’t been good since 1995 and have forgotten how to win with class, it’s okay. Keep riding your hopes on Alex Smith and worry about your own team. Sherman is just having fun. Something not allowed by your team judging by that godawful smug look on your coaches face all the time.

  29. Okay, so he’s not the most original ‘Optimus Prime’ CB in the league – Charles Tillman EARNED the nickname first – but I wouldn’t mind seeing him back it up this week.

  30. At least his nickname isnt peanut and isnt protected by a cover 2 shell…

    I like the new nickname and if he does well then he should keep it Those two will be going at it all night.

    This will be a big test for Megatron, Sherman will definitely bring it. Lets See how CJ81 responds…

    Go Lions!!!

  31. “Same challenge as every week,” Sherman told the Seattle Times. “I don’t care who’s out there. It’s the league, boy, they’re going to have a good receiver out there every week where it’s Fitz [Larry Fitzgerald], Steve Smith, you’ve got Brandon Lloyd. No different.”

    I fail to see where the trash talk is. Looks to me like he called these guys GOOD and related that to Johnson. Is that an insult now?

  32. With double safety help over the top the entire game, can we even say that the Shermanator is the reason that Calvin has a bad game, if in fact he does?

    It’s like a linebacker saying they’re going to shut down a running back and then having 2 safeties in the box on every play…

  33. So basically, players can’t have personality? Every athlete has to be vanilla and blow smoke up the opponents butt about how great they are… Some of you guys are A) full of it or B) never actually played a sport or competed in anything. Get over yourselves and stop being so bland.

    With that said, Sherm… you’re not OP! Peanut Tillman has been dubbed that in Chicago

    BEARS!!!

  34. Richard Sherman is starting to get as annoying as a Niners fan.

    Has anyone even heard of this guy before his thing with Brady?

    Messin’ with the wrong guy Sherman. Hope Calvin embarrasses you.

  35. I just really can’t believe that this was news worthy…. the guy hasn’t said anything about CJ, just changed his name on twitter….

    And for those of you saying Sherman sucks because you have never heard of him…that’s on you, the kid can play and is likely on his way to the Pro Bowl…unless Rodger gets rid of it….

  36. stangz11 says:
    Oct 25, 2012 11:59 AM
    Not so bold prediction of the week: Calvin Johnson with 2 TDs and 175 yards receiving

    ———

    I hope you’re right. I need a game from him this week so I can get a W

  37. @tjh9985 says:
    Oct 25, 2012 3:02 PM
    @niners816 If the Seahawks, who would have beat you if not for the dropped passes, are overrated, what does that make the 9ers?

    ——

    If Sherman had not mugged the niners receiver on practically every passing play this would have been more like 40-7 in favor of the niners.

    Sherman and Baldwin come across as classless jerks for criticizing their college coach. They may not have had a chance without him.

    This whole seattle act (along with the moron Carroll) is wearing thin. At least win something of value before woofing.

    I liked Seattle a lot more when Holmgren was there. At least they won and Holmgren was an accomplished coach and a winner.

  38. aljack88 says: Oct 25, 2012 1:51 PM

    olympiacham says:
    Oct 25, 2012 1:00 PM
    …. Also pretty sure the best corner of all time was Neon Deon Sanders…..

    ———————————————————

    Couldn’t tackle for beans. Certainly not the “best of all time”.
    ————

    Watch film (since you obviously aren’t old enough to have watched him live with your own eyes and see otherwise). There’s a difference between “couldn’t” and “chose not to”, as a business decision.

    If all your thoughts are the product of some jealous talking head on ESPN or NFLN, your “opinion” is just a regurgitation of the nonsense that they have parroted for over a decade now.

  39. I stopped when I read someone post that Deion Sanders was the best corner of all time. Early entry for dumbest post of the season so far.

  40. @tjh9985 the Niners were to dominating the run with a 8.2 yard per rush avg on the #1 rush dline in the league. It’s no wonder Sherman wasn’t contested when you could dive and trap up the middle all game. But don’t take my word for it. You can look at Gore’s stats, and the big W as proof.

  41. I don’t know who this Optimumonline thinks he is, but I can’t believe Brady took that trash from him. Brady’s won 3 rings a few MVP’s – this guy hasn’t won anything but an ugly contest. When you win something then you’ve earned the right to talk trash. Till then you’re just a big mouth that will get shut soon enough!

  42. Know what makes me the angriest about Richard Sherman?

    When I go the Seahawks’ official online store, or to the Nike jersey store, I can’t order a replica jersey with his name and number, outside paying $250 for an official custom job.

    Football is entertainment, and right now, Sherman is one of the most entertaining players in the league. Just look at all the comments he generates on boards like this one. Seems people either love him, or love to hate on him.

    Shut down Johnson this weekend, and even some of the haters may have to think long and hard when they go to cast their Pro Bowl ballots.

  43. Sherman’s legit. As evident by all the haters on this post. And the way this league favors offensive players, of course CJ should have a good game. The best receivers in this league will beat the best corners in this league 9 out of 10 times. It doesn’t mean that Sherman or any other corner should back down. He’s having some fun, good on him.

  44. allday38 says: Oct 25, 2012 1:57 PM

    Look at the “finally relevant again” 49er fans chiming in. Stop with the hate. How many passes did your WR’s get against Sherm? Not many huh! Go back to becoming the Santa Clara 49ers and find something else to whine about this week with your coach. Never heard so many complaints out of a 1st place team or their fans. We get it, you haven’t been good since 1995 and have forgotten how to win with class, it’s okay. Keep riding your hopes on Alex Smith and worry about your own team. Sherman is just having fun. Something not allowed by your team judging by that godawful smug look on your coaches face all the time.
    ________________________________________
    As opposed to never relevant at all Seahawks? Yeah just go ahead and hold on to those 5 or 6 seasons of winning football. Sherman is a damn good corner, but take away all the holding and shoving downfield and he is just above average. Funny thing is EVERY team they have played has mentioned their corners getting away with a lot. Then your counter is “most penalized team in the league” Well…….. since the regular officials have returned… they are the least penalized so try another excuse folks

  45. Must’ve missed the part where they won it huh Mr Wright? Certainly didn’t miss the ref excuses though

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