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Baldwin: Sherman “was terrible” when he first moved to cornerback

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In a span of less than five years, Richard Sherman has transitioned from collegiate wide receiver to star professional cornerback.

Wide receiver Doug Baldwin, Sherman’s teammate at Stanford and with the Seahawks, was asked Sunday about Sherman’s initial move to cornerback in 2009.

And did Baldwin’s response ever paint a picture.

“To be honest, when he first switched over he was awful, he was terrible,” Baldwin said Sunday, according to an interview transcript from the NFL. “He couldn’t backpedal, he couldn’t track the ball, and he didn’t really try to quick jam, because he would get lost at the line of scrimmage.

“We had wonderful coaches at Stanford, they kind of honed in his skills, made him focus more on the details and then when he got here he kind of blossomed into amazing defensive back that he is now.

“He never in his mind had doubt that he would be one of the greatest, he’s always said that he was going to be one of the greatest whether he was going to be a receiver or a defensive back. I had no doubt in him as well because I know how hard he works.”

Sherman showed enough in two years at cornerback at Stanford to be invited to the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine. The Seahawks selected him in Round Five in the 2011 draft, and it’s worked out quite well for player and team, to say the least.

But to hear it from Baldwin, there were some tough moments early.

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32 Responses to “Baldwin: Sherman “was terrible” when he first moved to cornerback”
  1. whodat82 says: Jan 27, 2014 1:09 AM

    He’s still a douche.

  2. savilo831 says: Jan 27, 2014 1:16 AM

    Nothing some PEDS couldn’t fix Cheat Carroll has the whole team buying in.

  3. edithpiaf51 says: Jan 27, 2014 1:16 AM

    Richard Sherman is still over rated and a terrible person.

  4. 87hollywoodhorn says: Jan 27, 2014 1:37 AM

    well hes GOING to be terrible next time he plays the saints. Believe DAT!

  5. akabobbo says: Jan 27, 2014 1:42 AM

    It shows what hard work and confidence can accomplish. Best corner in the league. All world. Go Hawks

  6. rublestiltzkin says: Jan 27, 2014 1:48 AM

    Wait a minute…..you’re telling me that he wasn’t a boss at playing corner when he did it at first? Wow, go figure

  7. dennisatunity says: Jan 27, 2014 2:00 AM

    He obviously had the natural gifts and was blessed with coaches who could see all that promise. But what an amazing display of determination, hard work, and intelligence on Sherman’s part to be willing to stick with it and become the great player he is.

  8. seatownballers says: Jan 27, 2014 2:20 AM

    Forget what happened before, he’s what’s happening now.
    One more game
    One more win

  9. mynameis12 says: Jan 27, 2014 2:26 AM

    That’s a testament from a teammate, both college and NFL, about Sherman’s determination to excel. I’m glad both Baldwin and Sherman are Seattle Seahawks, and I bet the haters out there wish they were on THEIR teams!

  10. thepftpoet says: Jan 27, 2014 2:29 AM

    Richard Sherman is still terrible.

    The best safeties in the NFL that play behind him make him look better than he is.

    All he does is hold the reciever for 10 yards then has Earl Thomas to help him from getting burnt every play.

    Did anyone else see Jarius Wright burn him for 2 TDS for the Vikings?

    Now a corner like Xavier Rhodes is a real shutdown corner.

  11. rjkilla says: Jan 27, 2014 2:34 AM

    every. single. athlete. thinks they’ll be the greatest one day. otherwise whats the point?

  12. joenash72 says: Jan 27, 2014 2:49 AM

    Check out da Seattle paper 10/8/13 Jayson Jenks article about Doug Baldwin and Aaron Curry. It’s excellent:

    ““I told Doug this,” said former Seattle cornerback Antoine Winfield, “but in my 15 years playing in the slot, he’s one of the best players I’ve seen.”

    Doug Baldwin is the Richard Sherman of Seahawks offense.

    With him, and adding Percy Harvin into the mix, I like our chances.

  13. chaddukesthebuttpirate says: Jan 27, 2014 3:18 AM

    Still doesn’t make him less unlikeable.

  14. jshawaii22 says: Jan 27, 2014 4:34 AM

    It’s gotta just tear old Coach Harbaugh up.. he had both Richard and Baldwin at Stanford, and let them both head to the NorthWest, where they have thrived under PC.

    Just weren’t good enough for the 49ers, eh, Coach?

    js

  15. meatcarroll says: Jan 27, 2014 5:35 AM

    In before a bunch of rabid haters furiously bleat their usual PED drivel. It got old a long time ago, guys, please give it a rest already.

  16. pfic15 says: Jan 27, 2014 7:33 AM

    So quick to assign “greatness”. He hasn’t even been in the league for his first holdout yet. Sherman is a popular man right now, thanks to that ever open mouth….wait til he gets paid.

  17. giantsfan621 says: Jan 27, 2014 8:05 AM

    What did or didn’t Harbaugh see in him to bypass Sherman in the draft?

  18. beckzhere says: Jan 27, 2014 8:17 AM

    Yet he’s so modest.

  19. xli2006 says: Jan 27, 2014 8:25 AM

    It is Seattle, let’s just hope his performance hasn’t been “enhanced” as some have speculated.

  20. justsomerandomguy24 says: Jan 27, 2014 8:49 AM

    Well,duh. Would you expect someone to change positions and move from offense to defense and be good immediately?

  21. beastmode5150 says: Jan 27, 2014 8:56 AM

    Gotta love these guys. Non drafted and under drafted guys all over the team, free agent steals all over the team, sitting at the Super Bowl.

  22. peytonsneck18 says: Jan 27, 2014 8:58 AM

    Overated!!!

  23. darrenjamesmorgan says: Jan 27, 2014 9:18 AM

    *cough* Adderall *cough*

  24. tjacks7 says: Jan 27, 2014 10:39 AM

    Amazing what PEDs can do.

  25. penvik says: Jan 27, 2014 10:56 AM

    He obviously missed the coaching sessions on team integrity and sportsmanship

  26. graphis56 says: Jan 27, 2014 10:59 AM

    Pete Carroll. A strange career. One season with clown Jets. Success and scandal at USC. Now on the brink of ultimate success with the Seahawks.

    Still, he’s 10X better than Jim Harbaugh, who can’t lose enough for my liking.

    Peyton gets the next win however.

  27. thebirdofprey2 says: Jan 27, 2014 10:59 AM

    Out come the trolls to take their shots. Considering he is 5 years into his position and has worked to make himself the best in the world at it says something.

    Take your shots but ask yourself, what do you do to give back because I bet Sherman has done more in 1 summer. Good article on a great player. Go Hawks!

  28. hedphurst says: Jan 27, 2014 11:48 AM

    The PED accusations are ridiculous. Drugs help a player get bigger, faster, and stronger. They don’t impart intelligence, or give a player a magical understanding of routes, ball trajectories, game situations and tendencies, etc. If it turns out that Sherman did use PEDs to gain an edge, then you can screen all you want about it, but until then, quit assuming that everyone who gets better over time is cheating. It just makes you look like a moron who doesn’t understand the process of learning and self-improvement.

  29. adderal says: Jan 27, 2014 11:50 AM

    obviously he has great ball location skills for a d back. I wonder if there will be a trend of so so receivers jumping to corner and being successful. I didn’t like the me rant but can’t argue with what he’s done last two years.

  30. darman55 says: Jan 27, 2014 3:10 PM

    “we had some wonderful coaches at Stanford….”
    Wait, what? Wasn’t Baldwin another guy- like Sherman-who thought Harbaugh screwed him in the draft? And for those couple of comments about Harbaugh not drafting either Baldwin or Sherman, uh, there were 31 other teams including Seattle who could have made their own assessment as to whether those guys should have been drafted higher, -or in Baldwin’s case at all-and they didn’t. So these guys and Seattle fans, can spend their time trashing Harbaugh for whatever reasons, but they did get plenty of playing time under him in college and they obviously didn’t wow the NFL.

  31. darman55 says: Jan 27, 2014 3:14 PM

    By the way, Baldwin hasn’t exactly made anybody forget about Steve Largent, so this nonsense, that he’s this hidden gem, that Seattle discovered is rediculous.

  32. softwarengineer says: Jan 28, 2014 5:57 PM

    LOL ;-)

    The only way to judge a book is by the story inside, not its cover….

    Sherman and Baldwin are young and great players too….they’ll probably still be playing great NFL football many years after Peyton switches to sports announcer….

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