Aaron Rodgers aware, “not scared” of Richard Sherman

AP

Earlier this week, Packers coach Mike McCarthy suggested that the team would alter its offensive approach from the season-opening loss to the Seahawks.

In that game, wide receiver Jordy Nelson lined up on the opposite side of the field from Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman in hopes that Sherman would follow him but the Seahawks stuck to their guns and the Packers never threw the ball to Sherman’s side of the field. That didn’t work out as Seattle won by 20 points, making it easy to understand why they’d try something different.

Putting Nelson and other receivers in different spots doesn’t mean they are going to flood Sherman’s side of the field with passes, however.

“You have to be aware of him,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said on his ESPN Milwaukee radio show. “Not scared of him, but you have a ton of respect for him. Look at the numbers, they don’t lie. Not a lot of guys catch passes on his side, and for the amount of times he’s targeted, his interception totals are very impressive. You just have to play your game, but if he’s locking his guy down, he’s probably not going to get a lot of passes thrown his way.”

McCarthy said he felt the Packers were better offensively now thanks to the development of players like Richard Rodgers and Davante Adams. They and the rest of the offense will need to back up their coach’s assertion for the Packers to advance to the Super Bowl this year.

66 responses to “Aaron Rodgers aware, “not scared” of Richard Sherman

  1. Actions speak louder than words. Aaron Rodgers smartly didn’t even look at Sherman’s side the entire night, but had no fear exploiting overrated Darrelle Revis as Jordy Nelson absolutely burned him even harder than Steve Smith did for the touchdown that was the difference in the game.

  2. Put Jordy over there and let Adams do work on the left side and cobb do work in the slot. Throw a couple hitches over there infront of Sherman to keep him honest.

  3. Throwing away from one of the better DVD in football isn’t a terrible strategy. I think GB should use drag routes and use Cobbq out of the backfield to try and create mismatches.

  4. Rodgers has the right idea. All the quarterbacks who get uppity during the week and boldly proclaim how unafraid they are of Sherman and selfishly throw at him to prove a point about their manlihood end up getting picked off. See: Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick, Derek Carr, Eli Manning, etc. The smart ones stay away from Sherman Island, while Revis Buffett is open to any and all comers.

  5. The vast majority of his interceptions that I’ve seen this year were horrible passes that were thrown right to him. It would have been inexcusable for him to not catch them.

  6. Really, the hype machine for Sherman needs a break. Just because the guy has a big mouth, the press wants to make him out like some kind of Ali. Google search the words “Richard Sherman gets beat”, and clear your schedule for the morning. Tons of video of middling-to-above average receivers exposing him for what he is – a better than average corner who needs to see his name in the papers.

  7. Richard Sherman is great and so is the entire Seattle defense, but he wouldn’t be able to get on the field for the vaunted Minnesota Viking defense. After all, Seattle has given up 17 more points than the Vikings this postseason – fact!

  8. “Richard Sherman is the best corner in the game and Darrelle Revis is a distant, distant second.”

    Hmmm, believe Sherman gave up 4 TD this year and Revis 2. Also Revis gave up no explosive plays and even when catches were made got the tackle done immediately in most cases.

    Thanks for playing though. Better luck next time.

  9. Sherman has not faced a really good passer in months. That was back when the Seahawks weren’t thought of as the best team. So far, it’s been Alex Smith, Drew Stanton, Colin Kaepernick, Mark Sanchez, Colin Kaepernick, Ryan Lindley, Shaun Hill, and Cam Newton. That’s eight straight weeks of garbage. If you can shut down your side from Rodgers and Brady, then start yapping again.

  10. So Sherman lines up against GUY 1. Put three receivers on the opposite side of Sherman. Problem solved. This is not rocket science people.

  11. Yes please please please throw to Shermans side… Seattle enjoys the pick 6’s day and night.

    Sherman is the best corner in the league hands down, Revis gets burnt all the time no matter how you look at it.

    Rodgers is not much better than Eli Manning and that is a fact he just has a better O line and a few more weapons to throw too.

    Eli was picked also for trying to be a hero lets hope Rodgers tries to be a hero too, that is if he escapes Avril Bennett and Irvin.

  12. NFL’s situational stats show no TDs scored against Sherman for 2014. He does have 1 from 2012 and 1 from 2013, for a total of 2 for his career-to-date. Know your facts.

  13. Isn’t the GB offensive philosophy based on creating favourable matchups (running backs on linebackers, tall receivers on short corners, etc), throwing to the open man, and counting on the receiver to “make a play”?

    It seems to me that they should stick with that. Duh….

  14. “I smell over-confidence in Seattle.”

    From us silly fans maybe, not the actual Seahawks. They haven’t had a game like that since the Tampa Bay game midway through last season. All I’ve heard from the Seahawks is what a great team the Green Bay Packers are and what a tremendous challenge it is going to be to play them this week.

    That is what makes me as a fan extremely confident in this team. I know they will work hard and study hard a be very well prepared for the Packers on Sunday.

  15. Sounds like you are begging, is that because you are afraid of the Packers or Rodgers? Rodgers is an average QB? Have you looked at his numbers this year compared to everyone else? He is in a league of his own.

  16. Not sure I remember what moron on here said Sherman gave up 4 TD’s this year …. What league are you watching because it’s not the NFL in the USA… Sherman barely gave up yardage let alone TD’s.. That is a fact.. The stats you threw out there are garbage… Grow up and then talk about shart you know.. Not the BS you’re trying to peddle. Idiot

  17. And by the way… Revis is good… Just not this year and not better than Sherman… Set aside what you think of Sherman and look at numbers… and I’m pretty sure he’s (revis) at 25 picks and Sherman is at 32 ( 33 if you count the one against panthers in post season) revis will retire long before Sherman will –

  18. “I smell over-confidence in Seattle.”

    Famous last words. Champ Bailey said them just before he and the rest of his team got blown out in the Super Bowl.

    Seattle’s confidence stems from the way they’ve been playing. It’s not overconfidence if you can deliver what you promise. If you’re gonna expect them to lay down and give the game to Rodgers just because everyone in the league thinks he’s God’s gift to football, then you are delusional. This may be a much closer game than week one, but Green Bay WILL lose! And that’s the name of that tune!

  19. Sherman is a hell of a corner, but from what I’ve seen he is a very average tackler (the rest of their D are tremendous tacklers). Why teams don’t throw more bubble screens and hitches at him, I don’t know.

    I am going to guess that the term “Cobra” will mean a lot to Seattle after Sunday.

  20. I said it yesterday and I’ll say it again… As a Hawks fan, I think Rodgers would be very wise to target Tharold Simon early and often if Maxwell isn’t 100% ready to play. Simon got shredded by Cam on Saturday and he’s not quite ready to step in a be a starter in the LOB in my opinion. That being said I really really hope Byron can play and at least mitigate the damage that Nelson and Cobb can cause.

  21. Have you looked at his numbers this year compared to everyone else?

    How do they stack up to Peyton Manning’s from 2013?

  22. Richard Sherman is not a hard hitter but if you watch any Seahawk games you will see that he is actually a very good tackler. He surprises me sometimes how willing he is to stick his head in there and grab a hold of the big power backs in this league.

    Here is a Richard Sherman quote in SI this week:

    After Saturday’s win, he was told to report to the team’s facility at 10 a.m. for a random, mandatory drug test for performance enhancers. “If there’s one thing I know about the NFL, if you have a good game, you’re getting tested in the morning.”

  23. It is the NFC championship and the highest quality football.

    Championships are EARNED and you only get them by winning against the very best. They are very difficult to earn and that is why they are celebrated so much.

    Talk doesn’t earn you anything (vikings never learn).

    Let the play on the field do the talking.

  24. The difference between this game and the Cowboys game is that any of Maxwell, Simon or Lane would be the top CB on the Cowboys. They’re not at Sherman’s level so they will get “picked on” and yes, they will get beat for catches, but almost always they’re still right there for the tackle and there is little to no yards after the catch.

    That’s the biggest thing fans who don’t watch this team all year will fail to appreciate. The Hawks will give you a 6-12 yard completion here and there, but they play the odd and as long as they don’t give up a big play with yards after the catch most drives eventually end in a punt or INT. The references to videos of Sherman getting beat are a joke since most of those are simple little slant routes where whoopdie doo the receiver made a catch for a few yards and was promptly plastered.

  25. I remember a couple years ago when the immortal Christian Ponder to Jarius Wright combination beat Sherman twice for long touchdowns. And the so-called 2014 MVP is still afraid to throw it at him. Maybe he needs to call up Ponder and get some advice?

  26. Green Bay 23, Seattle 20. Feel free to copy that and rub my face in it if the Hawks win. I’m alright with that.

    Either way, it is a much better Packer team rolling into Seattle this time around and you can expect a dogfight.

  27. CHawks only win if Christie is there.

    Packers roll to the Super Bowl.

    Better football for better people.

  28. I keep reading posts of so called packers fans saying the pac can’t beat Seattle. There is no way you are true fans you must be imposters. I certainly wouldn’t want you on my team. Imagine how you’d feel if one of your team mates went into a game telling everyone we’re going to lose, I would bench you forever. So those who doubt YOU ARE BENCHED!

  29. I’d like to know if A-Rodg is scared to pay up on that bet he lost about his buddy Braun.

  30. No matter what the Packers do in this game, one soft leg guy ain’t gonna get it done. Lazzzzy improved with asthma and one leg guy can’t run due to the soft calfs, going to get murder in Seattle. LOL!!!!

  31. I can’t believe I saw a comment on here comparing Rogers to E. Manning. And I think the word mediocre was even used. I promise, most real Seahawk fans are not that delusional. Both are tops in their respective positions period. I think the match up to watch is going to be Seattle’s D vs. Eddie Lacey. Seattle can not let Lacey get going. Rogers is a great QB, but he’s not going to get past Seattle’s D alone. If Seattle can keep Lacey in check, I think Seattle gets back to the super bowl. If Lacey rushes for over a hundred, I’m not so sure. Should be a great game! Go Hawks!

  32. Ball security, take what the defense gives you, be patient, take any score you can get (by that I mean don’t pass on the chip shot field goal VS going for it on 4th and short, UNLESS its late in the game and you may not get the ball back), ball control/time of possession, and make good tackles, if the Packers do these things, it will come down to the wire.

  33. I cannot wait for Arron Rogers and all of Green Bay to get their comeuppance. Taking a gimpy Rogers to Seattle is like rolling in blood and walking into the lion exhibit at the zoo, not good. Dallas fans are crying thing week. Next week it’s Green Bay’s turn to cry.

  34. ruvelligwebuike says:
    Jan 14, 2015 12:03 PM

    Either way, it is a much better Packer team rolling into Seattle this time around and you can expect a dogfight.
    —————–
    According to footballoutsiders, the Pack defense is ranked 16th in efficiency…unless you look at the Weighted Defense rank, in which case they are ranked 18th: this means the defense has actually gotten just a bit WORSE toward the end of the season….not better.

    Last week Wilson was a perfect 8-8 from inside the pocket on third down for 199 yards, and three of those eight passes were for touchdowns. Carolina’s Weighted Defense is ranked 9th.

    Seahawks smoked a much better defense last week. The Pack offense may have gotten better since Week 1, but their defense is the side of the team that really needs to step it up for a chance to win on Sunday.

  35. jhawkins2015 says:
    Jan 14, 2015 2:00 PM

    I cannot wait for Arron Rogers and all of Green Bay to get their comeuppance. Taking a gimpy Rogers to Seattle is like rolling in blood and walking into the lion exhibit at the zoo, not good. Dallas fans are crying thing week. Next week it’s Green Bay’s turn to cry.
    ___________________

    Wait… Whut?

  36. Kudos to the Seahawk fans posting and at least acknowledging it should be a good game. Hawks are tough and I’m sure the Packers will give them everything they got.

    To you idiots who go over every comment Rodgers makes on a local radio show like it’s the friggin’ Zapruder film, just shut it. You’re embarassing yourself.

  37. Yeah Sherman and Revis are good at what they do, they also overtalk whet they do a lot and it’s cost them a bunch over the years, they’re also loudmouths who can really do a lot more damage to the locker room than positive for the scoreboard.

    Classic primma donnas that most teams are better off without.

  38. wdcskins says:
    Jan 14, 2015 8:35 AM
    Really, the hype machine for Sherman needs a break. Just because the guy has a big mouth, the press wants to make him out like some kind of Ali. Google search the words “Richard Sherman gets beat”, and clear your schedule for the morning. Tons of video of middling-to-above average receivers exposing him for what he is – a better than average corner who needs to see his name in the papers.

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Jan 14, 2015 9:32 AM
    “Richard Sherman is the best corner in the game and Darrelle Revis is a distant, distant second.”

    Hmmm, believe Sherman gave up 4 TD this year and Revis 2. Also Revis gave up no explosive plays and even when catches were made got the tackle done immediately in most cases.

    Thanks for playing though. Better luck next time.
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    wdcskins – name one receiver who beat him for a TD this year. please. i’ll wait.

    not sure what imaginary world you came up with this stat in, harrisonhits2. according to all REAL NFL stats available to any idiot who can use the interwebs, Sherman is credited with allowing 0.

    That’s a ZERO. None. Nada. Not once has a receiver covered by Sherman reached the endzone.

    The most successful days throwing on Sherman this year tally out to 5 catches and ~50 yards.

  39. slipperpimp says:
    Jan 14, 2015 4:29 PM
    That’s a ZERO. None. Nada. Not once has a receiver covered by Sherman reached the endzone.
    ///////////////////////////////////////////////////

    He’s going to be very confused when Jordy Nelson knocks him for two scores on Sunday. He may end of suffering from PTSD.

  40. stellarperformance- this is just a stupid comment. Dont respond to trolls by trolling. Shermans hasnt given up a single td all season according to pff.

    Someone might score on Sherman it is very possible although highly unlikely. But cmon whens the last time any wr scored on sherman yet alone two tds in one game. AND PLEASE dont go read some stupid box score and look for any wr who scores twice and make the assumption it is somehow on Sherman. That happens every week we hear some load of lard say something stupid like that.

  41. “Richard Sherman is the best corner in the game and Darrelle Revis is a distant, distant second.”

    Hmmm, believe Sherman gave up 4 TD this year and Revis 2. Also Revis gave up no explosive plays and even when catches were made got the tackle done immediately in most cases.

    Thanks for playing though. Better luck next time.
    ____________________________________

    Really?! try 1 TD all year Sherman’s given up and here’s some more stats to pile it on for you

    QB Rating against: Sherm 48.4 Revis 72.6
    Ints: Sherm 4 Revis 2
    Completion % against: Sherm 47.7% Revis 51.9%
    TDs against: Sherm 1 Revis 2
    Yards after catch allowed: Sherm 108 Revis 222.

    Thanks for playing though, better luck next time chump

  42. Throwing away from one of the better DVD in football isn’t a terrible strategy. I think GB should use drag routes and use Cobbq out of the backfield to try and create mismatches.

    _______________________________

    Funniest thing I’ve read in months. Drag routes? Like Denver runs, how’d that work out for them. And mis-matches zero exist against SEA’s Defense.

    Good luck running drags and screens, Kam Chancellor will eat their souls if they do that.

  43. “According to footballoutsiders, the Pack defense is ranked 16th in efficiency…unless you look at the Weighted Defense rank, in which case they are ranked 18th: this means the defense has actually gotten just a bit WORSE toward the end of the season….not better.

    Last week Wilson was a perfect 8-8 from inside the pocket on third down for 199 yards, and three of those eight passes were for touchdowns. Carolina’s Weighted Defense is ranked 9th.

    Seahawks smoked a much better defense last week. The Pack offense may have gotten better since Week 1, but their defense is the side of the team that really needs to step it up for a chance to win on Sunday”
    ———————–

    You should just put an * with a note on there…

    *stats based on yardage (which defensive rankings are). Get back to me when victory is determined by how many yards you gain.

    Also, did those stats factor in that the Packers have been up 42-0 at the half TWICE, and 31-7 at the half in another game? Teams put up lots of yardage when the defense gives them any intermediate route they want.

    How about turnover? Which defense forced more? I’ll tell you in my summary.

    Seattle:
    PPG: 24.6
    Defense (PPG allowed): 15.9
    Interceptions: 13
    Fumbles Rec: 10
    Sacks: 37.0

    Green Bay:
    PPG: 30.4
    Defense (PPG allowed) 21
    Interceptions: 18
    Fumbles Rec: 9
    Sacks: 41.0

    If you want to base the game on stats, fine. Green Bay scores 6 more points per game, gives up 6 more points per game, forces more turnovers and sacks the quarterback more often. You just don’t notice it because they feature high character players that prefer to go about their business like normal humans.

  44. Based on all interviews and on the field conduct, it is obvious that Rodgers has the brain and Sherman has a mouth on him that needs to be punched shut.

  45. I don’t get this rolling in blood and eating of souls. Back in the day, Green Bay and Seattle had a good relationship with the original walrus (Holmgren). Like it or not, Seattle currently has Green Bay roots with Schneider. I used to have a soft spot for the Seahawks, but their current bandwagon fans make that difficult to maintain. Their old school fans are still the best.

  46. The Seahawks defensive backfield has two first team All-Pro’s—Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman, plus linebacker Bobby Wagner. Cam Chancellor was second team. Rodgers would be hard pressed to avoid all of them all the time. It’s fairly likely they will get some picks. He’s right that if he gets afraid to keep testing them they will make it a long night.

  47. Actually, if what you say is true then the Packers will have to run all game and it would be a short night as a result. (as the clock will continue to run).

    Looks like you need to brush up on how football works.

  48. My team is in the other draw, but this game will a tough one for the Pack. Forget about Sherman, the Hawks put pressure on everybody. It is why their defense is so good. Nobody goes through the motions. With that kind of pressure on QB, a guy like Sherman can play the ball. It is simple…front line is all over QB in a heartbeat, QB offloads it quickly to open receiver. But that open receiver isn’t really open as Sherman is running towards ball. It is like he is playing receiver. The guy he is covering is an afterthought….

  49. Actually eeeeeerik—-when I wrote “a long night” I was being figurative, meaning it would seem long because of the ensuing frustration. I’m also going to assume if the Packers are successful running the ball, they will do so whether Rodgers is getting picked or not. My point being the Seattle defenders often get in the opposing Quarterbacks head to the point he becomes hesitant to make even marginal throws, and his timing gets off or he takes a sack. Case in point would be Peyton Manning in last year’s SB. He was having an MVP year to that point as well. Of course Rodgers may be better and not make mistakes. As he says he respects them—its a start. Doesn’t mean he can beat them.

  50. The Packers OL has been playing very well during the 2nd half of the year, and if Seattle can’t get to Rodgers, he’ll pick Seattle apart, and it won’t matter if there’s a guy named Sherman on the other team.

    Only Rodger’s leg will keep the Packers from running up the score, but they will still win… 27-20.

  51. Epilogue:

    He may not have been scared at the start, but after throwing that pick, he basically stayed away from Sherman, even when he was playing with a bum arm. His only TD came off a rub-route that took the guy who was covering Cobb (Earl, IIRC) out of the play.

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