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Richard Sherman isn’t buying Tramon Williams as Optimus Prime

Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor ( AP

Packers cornerback Tramon Williams took a page from Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s book and dubbed himself Optimus Prime ahead of this week’s matchup with Megatron, a.k.a Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

Williams also took a shot at Sherman for getting pushed around by Johnson during the Lions’ victory over the Seahawks earlier this season. Johnson had three catches for 46 yards in that game, so any pushing around didn’t really result in a huge advantage for the Lions receiver. Sherman pointed that out on the NFL Network Thursday in response to Williams’ comments.

“Yeah, we were pushed around to the tune of 46 yards, I believe,” Sherman said. “Not too much pushing. I don’t understand that shot, he took a shot at us. Last I checked, we’ve never given up 250 yards to anybody. We barely give that up in a game. To give that up to one player, I mean that was the last time they played him I believe. I don’t really know if he’d be the one (to) come talk to us about playing coverage.”

The Packers actually allowed 244 receiving yards to Johnson last season, the most any opposing player has ever compiled in a game against the Packers. That doesn’t exactly put Williams in a place of great strength as he suggests that he’s the man (robot?) capable of keeping Johnson from having a huge game.

We’ll see how it plays out Sunday, but we’d be pretty happy never to hear another Transformers reference from an NFL cornerback regardless of the outcome. Unless they want to argue about who is Shia LaBeouf, because that would actually be amusing.

 

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30 Responses to “Richard Sherman isn’t buying Tramon Williams as Optimus Prime”
  1. vikings28 says: Nov 15, 2012 11:28 AM

    C’MON TRAMON!! what a joke!

  2. stevemo says: Nov 15, 2012 11:32 AM

    This Sherman guy reminds me of my neighbors Jack Russell. Why must you always be yapping?

  3. dericivy says: Nov 15, 2012 11:35 AM

    Sherman is only second to Tillman for best DB in the NFC.
    This isn’t an opinion, but a measurable fact based on stats compiled.
    Williams seem to still be a little upset by the Monday night fiasco, because in now way, shape, or form, is he as good as Sherman is on a bad day.

  4. uwsptke says: Nov 15, 2012 11:41 AM

    If you’ve actually seen a Tramon Williams interview, and not just read the transcript, you’ll know this whole thing was probably tongue-in-cheek. This is the media playing a game of, “Hey, you gonna take that $h!t?”

  5. scoobaj says: Nov 15, 2012 11:50 AM

    Sherm can talk all he wants, his great play allows him to… Tramon, ahh not so much buddy, porous D up in cheese land these days

  6. dukemarc says: Nov 15, 2012 11:59 AM

    It must be tough to be a DB in Seattle – I mean when you intercept the ball in the endzone it counts as a TD for the other team, right?

  7. txbearmeat says: Nov 15, 2012 12:00 PM

    Tramon was hurt in 2011. Tramon has been a probowl caliber CB since 2009.

    With the lone exception of week 17 in 2009, Tramon has OWNED Megatron. I expect more of the same this Sunday.

    The Lions are a desperate team, and that makes them dangerous. But GB should still come away with the win.

  8. savocabol1 says: Nov 15, 2012 12:09 PM

    Williams has seemingly takin a part of the Dwight Howard book of coming up with nicknames for yourself….use a cool one someone else has.

  9. eightandeightlions says: Nov 15, 2012 12:13 PM

    Only one corner in the league consistently shuts Calvin Johnson down, Charles Tillman..everyone else can shut their mouths until they can too, simple as that..

  10. pack93z says: Nov 15, 2012 12:16 PM

    If you look over the course of the past 3 season and factor in the numbers on those 5 games (DNP in one of them for CJ)

    4.8 catches per for an average of 86.6 yards and a TD a game.

    That is with the monster game at the end of last season… an defensive failure on all levels of both teams.

    Without that.. last 3 seasons.

    3.25 / 47.25 yards and a score a game.

    So really.. neither side has the advantage and the chirp off is a moot point. Other than just to chirp that is.

  11. supremekingz says: Nov 15, 2012 12:20 PM

    Sherman won that debate

  12. tjh9985 says: Nov 15, 2012 12:31 PM

    SHerman >>>> Tramon by a mile. Still, everyone needs to just shut up about this Optimus Prime stuff, it sounds so petty.

  13. elgaffo says: Nov 15, 2012 12:46 PM

    Williams is good and probably will have a great career. That being said, trash talking 2 very good players in the same interview is juvenile, not to mention, flat out stupid. Put it on the field, you’re better than that.

  14. hawks1124 says: Nov 15, 2012 2:08 PM

    I’m a hawks fan, but I got a lot of respect for Williams. He had 3 or four post season interceptions when GB won the SB, and has been hurt since. I’d love to see him play with a safety like Earl Thomas over top, but right now Sherman is the better DB on a better defense.

  15. axespray says: Nov 15, 2012 2:10 PM

    So let’s see how good Richard Sherman is with the same shoulder injury Tramon had last year – then let’s bench all of seattle’s best pass rushers for the game – then take seattle’s other good DBs off the field and leave a 1 armed Sherman along with several Jarrett Bush types – then see how many yards Calvin gets on that.

    If it’s less than 244 yards – then Sherman is better.

  16. axespray says: Nov 15, 2012 2:11 PM

    elgaffo says:
    Nov 15, 2012 12:46 PM
    “Williams is good and probably will have a great career. That being said, trash talking 2 very good players in the same interview is juvenile, not to mention, flat out stupid. Put it on the field, you’re better than that.”
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    He’s a pro bowl caliber cornerback who by the way has won more superbowls than Calvin and Sherman combined.

  17. mack2x says: Nov 15, 2012 2:39 PM

    Yeah, sherman helped keep Johnson to only 3 for 46, but he allowed Titus Young to abuse him for 9 for 100 and 2 TD’s.

  18. judsonjr says: Nov 15, 2012 2:45 PM

    Really all these CBs need to shut up. There’s all the “I shut down [insert player name]” that is mostly BS.

    Many CBs are not man to man every play, and any team worth their salt is going to be moving their best WR around, using stacked formations, etc. so they get a favorable matchup.

    Honestly it’s less about who is the best DB in the secondary and more about who’s the worst. You could have Deion Sanders and Rod Woodson lined up, but if you have nickle and dime DBs that are street FAs you are going to get destroyed by any team with depth at WR.

  19. thehatefulnerd says: Nov 15, 2012 3:03 PM

    Tramon was playing with one arm last year. He had nerve damage in his shoulder, which still hasn’t completely healed.

    Dude manned up, because we didn’t have the depth to sit him.

    Warrior.

  20. golforepar says: Nov 15, 2012 3:25 PM

    Let’s compare Tramon William’s Super Bowl ring with Sherman’s!

  21. larryboodry says: Nov 15, 2012 3:31 PM

    Tillman >Sherman>Williams

  22. muskyhunter2542 says: Nov 15, 2012 5:10 PM

    Williams Ring count 1
    Tillmans ring count 0

  23. larryboodry says: Nov 15, 2012 5:48 PM

    @muskyhunter2542:

    Jarrett Bush has a ring, too…Doesn’t make him play any better on Sundays…Still rather have Tillman over your guys.

  24. contraisloosebuthole says: Nov 15, 2012 5:58 PM

    Who has a ring again? Didn’t Williams play last year with one arm? Yeah we will see how he does with both. Sherman needs to shut up. There is no way the Seahawks will ever be anything in the post season ever.

  25. techvet says: Nov 15, 2012 10:17 PM

    Williams played hurt all of last year. He is much closer to his 2010 form. Tillman is 8-12 lifetime against the Packers.

  26. themackstrong says: Nov 15, 2012 10:56 PM

    If anyone watches football and isn’t a homer you would recognize that Sherman is one of the top 3 cover corners in the league in his 2nd year. Williams is good, I watched him making plays this year but he is not even in the top 6 or 7 of the NFC. Making excuses about a bad year due to injury is a copout, Packer players can make the Pro Bowl without doing anything just ask John Kuhn. So saying he’s a Pro Bowl player means nothing to a educated fan.

  27. themackstrong says: Nov 17, 2012 12:08 PM

    judsonjr says: Nov 15, 2012 2:45 PM

    Many CBs are not man to man every play, and any team worth their salt is going to be moving their best WR around, using stacked formations, etc. so they get a favorable matchup.

    Honestly it’s less about who is the best DB in the secondary and more about who’s the worst. You could have Deion Sanders and Rod Woodson lined up, but if you have nickle and dime DBs that are street FAs you are going to get destroyed by any team with depth at WR.

    ——————————

    I like the knowledge and do think its true. Since passing of the late Al Davis I don’t know if there is any team that is more single high safety (ET 29) over the top with man to man coverage than the Seahawks. Browner and Sherman’s size gives them a huge advantage in press coverage and they have shut down nearly everything outside.

  28. themackstrong says: Nov 18, 2012 1:58 PM

    Watching the Packers-Lions game. Megatron has 88 yards vs Packers and its not even half time yet. His last catch was a 20 plus yarder where he undressed Williams man to man.

  29. thefirstweaponofchoice says: Nov 18, 2012 8:01 PM

    Yeah Williams, you shut Megatron down… To the tune of 143 yards and a touchdown… Stop talking nobody.

  30. savannahrose44 says: Nov 18, 2012 8:54 PM

    Tramon Williams may have been good some years ago, but Sherman has vastly outperformed him this season. Richard Sherman should have been a pro bowler last year and will be this year accomplishing it in his second season as a pro. He may not have a ring yet, but the way Seattle is building and performing it won’t be long until he does.

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