Richard Sherman: Deshaun Watson is the best quarterback we’ve faced

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Even though the Texans lost on Sunday, it feels like they won. Because they now have one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Not one of the best “young” quarterbacks. One of the best quarterbacks, period.

But don’t take it from me, as if you ever would. Take it from Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who via Peter King of TheMMQB.com had this to say to Watson after Seattle’s 41-38 win: “‘You played the best game any quarterback has ever played against us, and we’ve played all the legends. I respect how you hung in there and kept battling and battling.'”

To King, Sherman offered this assessment of Watson: “My God, Houston’s so lucky. By next year, he’s going to be a top five quarterback in this league, and that includes the two big dogs [Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers]. He makes you dig to the deepest part of your competitive juices to beat him.”

As if folks in Cleveland didn’t have enough reasons to be upset.

In Houston, folks have plenty of reasons to be happy, apart from the baseball team that’s on the brink of its first World Series title. Their football team could soon be playing for an NFL championship. Until they do (and after they do), they’ll continue to be contenders each and every week, and each and every year, for as long as they have Watson.

And they’d be wise to never let him go.

61 responses to “Richard Sherman: Deshaun Watson is the best quarterback we’ve faced

  1. Man oh man let’s slow down this hype train. I love Watson and I hope to god he’s this good, but let’s also remember they’re changing the offensive schemes insanely so for him. Once defenses change up and figure out the offense, can Watson adjust? Tom Brady can. Aaron can. It’s what makes them truly great. Watson has been accurate, poised and has passed the eye test for a very long time. But can he adjust long term? I sure hope so! That would be awesome.

  2. Cleveland has enough reasons for certain. But let’s also give credit to the brain trust by The Bay who took Solomon Thomas at number 3 when Watson was there for the taking. Richard Sherman could have marveled twice a year if someone had been up to the task in San Fran.

  3. That’s some good praise…and to think..the knock on Watson was that didn’t have a strong enough arm…he looked like he didn’t have a problem throwing down the field this season.

  4. “‘You played the best game any quarterback has ever played against us, and we’ve played all the legends. I respect how you hung in there and kept battling and battling.’”

    Richard

    Did you get hit in the head yesterday?

    Watson played a good game – but he lost and his 3 INT’s were a big part of it. He only completed 19 of 30 passes. Yes, 4 of those were TD’s, but the 3 INT’s have to be considered.

    Less than 12 months ago, Carson Palmer actually beat you by completing 29 of 47 with 3 TD’s against only 1 INT.

    Then your last SB, some bum named Brady dissected your defense completing 37 of 50 passes with 4 TD’s and only 2 INT’s.

    You need to temper your hyperbole with a few facts.

  5. Once again, Sherman is correct. He simply stated facts. I can’t vouch for who they have played, but I can say that we saw two elite QBs last night and I would go into battle with either.

    We have seen the future and it is THEM!. Wentz appears to be the only guy who has a chance to ascend to their heights.

  6. Sherman fails to realize that Watson faced the 2017 Hawks D not the 2013. Look Watson is playing good but to say that he is better then Brady or Rodgers is just insane.

  7. It’s his first year. People were saying the same thing about RGIII back in the day. Let’s see him do it year after year before we start handing out the superlatives.

  8. gtodriver says:
    October 30, 2017 at 6:57 am
    “‘You played the best game any quarterback has ever played against us, and we’ve played all the legends. I respect how you hung in there and kept battling and battling.’”

    Richard

    Did you get hit in the head yesterday?

    Watson played a good game – but he lost and his 3 INT’s were a big part of it. He only completed 19 of 30 passes. Yes, 4 of those were TD’s, but the 3 INT’s have to be considered.

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    Completing 63% of his passes against the Seahawks for 4 tds along with some good runs was very impressive by Watson. Two of the INTs were bad, the last one was just a desperation play which we can probably ignore.

    I agree it was not as good of a game as Brady’s Super Bowl against the ‘Hawks, and probably not as good as the Palmer game you note, but still a great game from a very athletic rookie QB.

  9. gtodriver says:
    October 30, 2017 at 6:57 am
    “‘You played the best game any quarterback has ever played against us, and we’ve played all the legends. I respect how you hung in there and kept battling and battling.’”

    Richard

    Did you get hit in the head yesterday?

    Watson played a good game – but he lost and his 3 INT’s were a big part of it. He only completed 19 of 30 passes. Yes, 4 of those were TD’s, but the 3 INT’s have to be considered.

    Less than 12 months ago, Carson Palmer actually beat you by completing 29 of 47 with 3 TD’s against only 1 INT.

    Then your last SB, some bum named Brady dissected your defense completing 37 of 50 passes with 4 TD’s and only 2 INT’s.

    You need to temper your hyperbole with a few facts.
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    Please stop with the stupid Fantasy Stats! Football is SITUATIONAL. Stats are not equal. Stats are not equal. Stats are not equal!!!! One pass completion behind the line of scrimmage to RB who runs for 60 yards for touchdown. Another pass thrown 60 yards by QB scrambling with 3 lineman chasing him for a completion to a Wide receiver with the best corner back in the league right on him, which is run into the end zone for a touchdown. Same stat!!!!!! Completely different situation-GET IT!!! Why don’t people stop with the stupid QB football stats. They mean very little. Its the situations. Sherman recognizes game and Watson in no way could hide behind a game manager “system” in this type of battle. You must go downfield in traffic and OFF SCRIPT!! He was impressive.

  10. Yeah, the Browns did mess up passing on this guy but in their current receiver environment, his success would not be as great. Lots more talent around him in Houston. I’m still more bummed about passing on Wentz.

  11. Yeah he threw3 int’s,after everyone of them the Texans retook the lead, not one of those int’s had anything to do with them losing the game. Most people don’t like him,but the cat can play. We had Matt Schaub here in Houston with Kubiaks offense,and the Texans were never this competitive. They lead the league in scoring,something they never did with Kubiak and Schaub.Every offensive player is getting better since he has shown up.Fuller leads the league in td receptions,he has only played 4 games,and he has done it on only 11 catches. Get used to it Watson right now is as good as any qb in the game right now.

  12. I think the correct explanation is that Sherman played his worst game ever, but praising someone else to take the spotlight off of you works just the same I guess.

  13. Knowing how Dick rolls, that was meant as more of a dig towards Brady and Rodgers than it was as a compliment to Watson. That’s okay Sherm – you aren’t the best CB Brady has faced either.

  14. RG3, Bortles, Josh Freeman all had great years when they were young. The sign of a truly great QB is adjusting when defenses “learn” you. I think he’ll do it, but let’s chill out please.

  15. “He’s the best QB we’ve ever faced that lost to us”.

    Come back when he’s been down twice by 14 points in the SB, or 28 points in the SB, and brings his team back for a championship win.

  16. regaliaimagewear says:

    Please stop with the stupid Fantasy Stats!
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I don’t play fantasy football. But I understand situational football. When your defense can’t stop the other offense, it forces you into taking chances.

    Those 3 INT’s cost the Texans the game.

  17. The fact that they got 3 INTs on him shouldn’t diminish his performance. Somebody make up a list of QBs who have put 400 yards up on the Seahawks in the last 5-6 years. Granted, he may not pan out at all…many others have ended up that way…but it was a good performance worthy of acknowledgement.

  18. gtodriver
    You have no clue what you are talking about. Did you even watch the game??? What cost the Texans the game was that awful Texans D on the Seahawks last drive. Watson did way more than enough to win this game. 2 interceptions were his fault and he more than made up for them. That 3rd interception was a desperation heave with under 20 seconds and I believe no timeouts. Whoever commented on you being a fantasy stats guy is correct. No one who watched that game would make the statement that Watson’s 3 ints caused the Texans the game. That’s ridiculous.

  19. objectivefootballfan says:
    October 30, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Wonder how the Cleveland Browns and there fans are feeling after passing on this guy in this years draft. Huge Mistake!!!
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    They would have just busted him anyway.

  20. I think Watson looks to be pretty special, but unfortunately we’ve seen many, many QBs look like future HOFers in year one, only to fall off a cliff in year 2. It’s funny how so many DCs can figure out how to neutralize a young QB with a whole offseason to scheme. So, while he looks like the next great one now, I’d temper expectations until we see him in year 2.

  21. Cleveland passes on Wentz and Watson and drafts Manziel. It seems like they’re trying to be horrible. Maybe the football gods were being merciful when Modell took their team away.

  22. Edit: he was definitely giving Watson all time props. Pats fans should absolutely be offended. How dare Sherman give a young upcoming star qb credit for a classic performance against an outstanding defense. The nerve of the guy.

  23. Haters in here making me laugh.

    Richard knows football better than you boys I’ll come by and. As the other poster said it’s not fantasy football stats that he’s talking about and I guess I understand why you’re trying to argue from that perspective because that’s all you know about.

    I would guess that he’s talking about all the amazing plays he made yesterday where it look like he was going down or should have gone down and then somehow miraculously got that touchdown.

    Very much like Russell…lots of defensive frustration.

  24. Watson look good. But I wonder if the Texans caught Seattle with their college type offense coming off a bye week with some new plays installed that were not on tape. The Texans might come back down to earth once teams learn how to defend it. It was also weird seeing Seattle not stick with their base defense and try force things, so many DB’s trying to make a big play then getting burned.

  25. audio2sell says:

    More like you have lost a step and need to make up an excuse as to why you got burned.
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    He had 2 interceptions, including the game clincher. But keep dreaming.

  26. eaglesmancave says:
    Hey Richard? Carson Wentz is on line 1. He’ll pick you up at 4:15.
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    Carson Wentz vs. the Seahawks:

    23/45, 2 TD, 2 INT, 2 sacks taken, 4.8 YPC, 1 fumble, 61.2 QB rating. Watson did a just a little better than that…

  27. Yes Watson is a very good young QB in the League … I actually wanted My Jaguars to pick him up in the Draft , but oh well. Watson still has to prove he has what it takes to Beat the Best Secondary in the League … Ramsey, Bouye, Gipson and Church are coming for you son … #JAGSOVERTEXANS !!! Go Jaguars !!!

  28. As great as they are, the Seahawks defense has a clunker or two like that every year.

    If the offense plays remotely close to that the rest of the year, this is the NFC Super Bowl representitive.

    … All I’ll say about ‘dissing’ Rodgers and Brady; I hope he was. And I hope the 3 of them play eachother again many, many more times.

  29. Poor wib22 ,TB 12 the GOAT ,who he insists on calling “2 yard Tom “,threw for 466 yards in his last Super Bowl win. Following wib’s logic would Imply Tom threw over 230 Times!
    It’s pretty sad that TB12 is so in wib’s head that he feels the need to comment on TB12,on EVERY article whether it applies to TB12 or not.
    Really sad.

  30. It isn’t too hard to figure out why some organizations are terrible. They are clueless. Both the Niners and Browns passed on Watson. The Browns let go of Wentz last year. I wonder how many other franchise QBs they are going to pass on because they are too stupid to recognize a good QB when they see one. That’s why those two will be fighting for the #1 pick for the next century.

  31. Lol at Seattle’s “college style offense.” They run play action pass on almost every play. That’s been a staple of offensive coordinators in pro football for like 60-70 years. Carroll is about as old school as it gets when it comes to his style of football on both sides of the ball. Sure, he plays music at practice and let’s the players be themselves, but his philosophy is as traditional as it gets.

  32. Hey Richard? Carson Wentz is on line 1. He’ll pick you up at 4:15.

    Seahawks played Carson Wentz in his rookie year…in Seattle. In Week 11, so he had more time to acclimatize to the pros. You seem to have forgotten…

    23/45 (51.1%) 218 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, 2 Sacks for 23 yards (so a net of 185 yards passing)
    Passer Rating: 61.2

  33. @kamthechanncelor. I was referring to Houston’s college style offense, you know how they took Clemson plays and put them in their playbook. Plus they added new plays on the bye week. I did not mention Seattle’s offense at all. I was pointing out the defense not being ready, and taking too many chances against Houston’s offense.

  34. He may have forgotten he played the Packers in Week 1 – Aaron Rodgers has been afraid to throw to his side of the field for about 5 years now, so it would be a very forgettable event for Sherm.

  35. gtodriver says:
    October 30, 2017 at 9:31 am
    regaliaimagewear says:

    Please stop with the stupid Fantasy Stats!
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I don’t play fantasy football. But I understand situational football. When your defense can’t stop the other offense, it forces you into taking chances.

    Those 3 INT’s cost the Texans the game.
    ————————
    You understand situational football yet you say those 3 INT’s cost the Texans the game?? How did a Hail Mary with time running out cost them the game?

  36. He may have forgotten he played the Packers in Week 1 – Aaron Rodgers has been afraid to throw to his side of the field for about 5 years now, so it would be a very forgettable event for Sherm.
    =====

    Rodgers is 6-3 against Seattle.

    Last year he nearly posted a perfect QB rating against them (150.8)

    The Packers have averaged 27 points/game since the defense blew that infamous NFCC Game.

    I doubt Sherm forgets…..

  37. My bad krm62015…I see what you’re saying now. It’s my day off and my brain is still mush apparently. You might be right. I think Watson just balled out of his mind. The kid is special. So is Wilson. One of the best games I’ve watched in years.

  38. I don’t ever recall a rookie qb of this caliber. The closest was P. Manning, but even he had more growing pains than I have seen from Watson thus far. Watson is fearless but not reckless. There were several looks yesterday that even Veterans like TB12 and AR12 shied away from were thrown and completed by this kid. Namely, that back shoulder curl route against (in- position) Sherman, and the several instances that Earl and Sherman had textbook bracket coverage on either Hopkins or Fuller that were attempted and completed with impunity. Those were very small windows of opportunity, and required big-boy decisions and big-boy throws to be successful. It is obvious that this kid cares about winning first instead of just himself and his “brand.”

  39. @mototax

    This isn’t rocket science.

    The first 2 INT’s created the need for ah hail Mary attempt at the end.

    If Watson had completed those first two drives that ended in INT’s, the Texans would have had the lead and would have been running out the clock in their last possession.

    Which would have negated the need for the hail Mary.

    It’s hard to win games when you lose the turnover battle.

  40. Oh I’m sure he said the same thing when they played the likes of Newton, Winston, Prescott and Taylor. We all know Watson along with those others are better than Brady and Rogers in Sherman and his Achromatopsia eyes.

  41. gtodriver says:
    October 30, 2017 at 6:57 am

    “‘You played the best game any quarterback has ever played against us, and we’ve played all the legends. I respect how you hung in there and kept battling and battling.’”

    Richard

    Did you get hit in the head yesterday?

    Watson played a good game – but he lost and his 3 INT’s were a big part of it. He only completed 19 of 30 passes. Yes, 4 of those were TD’s, but the 3 INT’s have to be considered.

    Less than 12 months ago, Carson Palmer actually beat you by completing 29 of 47 with 3 TD’s against only 1 INT.

    Then your last SB, some bum named Brady dissected your defense completing 37 of 50 passes with 4 TD’s and only 2 INT’s.

    You need to temper your hyperbole with a few facts.
    ———
    Brady had 2 interceptions in that SB. Brady had 7 points in the first half. Brady put up 14 points on an injured Kam Chancellor, and an injured Earl Thomas, and no pass rush due to the injury of Avril, gone, after the first half. And with all that, Brady was due to lose that SB game, and NE only won because Seattle OC called a ridiculous play call at the 1 yard game to ice the game for Seattle. Everyone saw the dejected look on Brady’s face after Seattle caught the ball inside the 10 and Lynch ran to the 1 yard line. Brady knew he was about to lose back to back SB games. Revisionist history generally omits the facts for a reason. How’s about “tempering” with the whole facts about SB 49.

  42. Rodgers is 6-3 against Seattle

    Nice parsing. We were talking about the last 5 years…basically since RW has been QB of the Seahawks. Your 6-3 isn’t accurate anyway. Overall, Rodgers is 7-3, but here’s how it breaks down:

    2005-2011: 4-0 (3-0 regular; 1-0 post-season)
    2012-Present: 3-3 (3-2 regular; 0-1 post-season)

    Not so impressive when you look at the real data. I think Sherm realizes that Rodgers is on the downhill side of his career. He may have been good once (and the media needs you to keep thinking that), but he’s peaked, so he’s not worth mentioning in this context.

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