Richard Sherman isn’t lacking for confidence after “off year”

Getty Images

The Seahawks defense had a bit of a dip last year, but that’s only because they’ve set ridiculously high standards for themselves.

But if you think finishing second in the league in pass defense humbled them, think again.

Most people would give their left arm to have our defense,” Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said, via Matt Calkins of the Seattle Times. “But when you’re held to the standard that we are, being No. 1 in points allowed, No. 2 in total yards and No. 2 in passing yards allowed is an off year for us.”

Last year was still the fourth straight year they’ve led the league in points allowed, and they held opponents to single digits six times, including the playoffs.

And unlike years past, they aren’t faced with a number of offseason questions, from recovery from injuries or ugly and pointless holdouts. That’s why Sherman was able to shrug off a question about his career-low two interceptions.

“I don’t think anyone in the league has more [interceptions] than me since I came in,” Sherman said. “I know, at the end of the day, I’m going to get them.”

They’re going to need him and his friends in the secondary to be at their Legion of Boom best this year, as they’re undergoing a number of changes on both sides of the ball which will make upholding their standard a bit tougher.

39 responses to “Richard Sherman isn’t lacking for confidence after “off year”

  1. Just stop. If you think they are going anywhere this year, you’re fooling yourself. That o-line is horrid, and only got worse. Losing Sweezy and Okung is going to hurt. Russell Wilson will be scrambling for his life, and Thomas Rawls won’t be getting near the yards he had before going down with an injury. The only reason why Sherman is half way decent is because of Earl Thomas. Tell Sherman to actually cover a #1 receiver instead of a #2 and he’ll get burned. Losing Mebane and Irvin is going to make that defense more vulnerable. I know I’m naming people Seattle “fans” have never heard of, and if you think Seattle is going to be just fine without replacing those guys, you’re more delusional than I thought. Seattle goes 8-8 this year.

  2. Yes, Sherman has never been humble. As his performance continues to wane maybe he will learn some humility.

  3. Sherman never lacks confidence lol. I’m surprised he gets as many picks as he does because people continue to throw at him. not that Jeremy lane is a scrub, or maxwell and browner in the past, but I would just never throw to the right side, always the left.

  4. There is nothing remarkable about the
    Legion of Bums. Their entire system is predicated on holding and PI which even Pete Carroll admitted if you enough the refs won’t catch every play.

  5. This year is going to be better than 2013 season. Defense is healthy and focused and more experienced. The attitude of these guys just in OTAs, you can tell the chip is back on everyone’s shoulder

  6. And as much as I don’t like the Seahawks or Sherman’s antics as a player, I hate when I hear someone say, oh its the system he plays in. WHAT?! If that were the case u think every team would be running the same system, it’s a copycat league.

  7. They officially had the hardest schedule last year and still did better than about 30 teams defensively. Plus they were without one of the best safeties in football for a bit.

    Pretty good for an off year.

  8. My favorite clip of Sherman is when the camera pans over to him just after Malcom Butler sealed the deal for the Pats. The look on Sherman’s face never gets old.

  9. By the way, last year when they had their “off year” they faced the 5th toughest Strength of Schedule in the League. That makes their accomplishments of Number 1 in points allowed, number 2 in total yards allowed, and number 2 in passing yards allowed even more impressive.

    Thomas, Sherman, and Lane were all coming off serious injuries. Chancellor had his mini-holdout and then got injured. I think the house is all in order this year.

    This defense, combined with the way the offense finished the second half of the season, spells another Super Bowl. It will be their third trip in four years, and their second Lombardi in four years.

  10. A bunch of Niner fans and Seahawk haters and completely ignorant too… Using the same excuses as always… You’re HOPING the Hawks go 8-8 or 9-7… That’s delusional…Sadly the Niners won’t even be close to that… Hawks will be 12-4 or 13-3. The line was worse last year than it will be this year and we were fine by week 5… Sherman did cover #1 receivers all year last year… Nice try… That excuse doesn’t work anymore… And he has 2 picks because he gets thrown at less than any other CB, because his guy is covered or they’re scared…our Dline is younger and better. Wake up Niner fans… YOU SUCK!! Oh wait here come the comments about how the Niners won 5 rings before you were even born.

  11. I love haters. They make me laugh. 8-8? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  12. braceyourselffor12 says:
    Jun 2, 2016 9:46 AM
    There is nothing remarkable about the
    Legion of Bums. Their entire system is predicated on holding and PI which even Pete Carroll admitted if you enough the refs won’t catch every play.

    ———————————————-

    If there’s so much holding and PI, why after the new “holding” emphasis rule are they one of the least penalized teams in that area?

    Same excuses different day… Your team sucks you’re bitter, get over it.

  13. paastahtroy says:
    Jun 2, 2016 10:14 AM

    Blah blah blah I never followed the Seahacks prior to 2012 blah blah blah blah … Oh wait here come the comments about how the Niners won 5 rings before you were even born.

    —————————————————————-

    What are you nine? I’m definitely older than their 5 rings and sure as hell old enough to remember the Seahack bandwagon being born.

  14. paastahtroy says:
    Jun 2, 2016 10:14 AM
    A bunch of Niner fans and Seahawk haters and completely ignorant too… Using the same excuses as always… You’re HOPING the Hawks go 8-8 or 9-7… That’s delusional…Sadly the Niners won’t even be close to that… Hawks will be 12-4 or 13-3. The line was worse last year than it will be this year and we were fine by week 5… Sherman did cover #1 receivers all year last year… Nice try… That excuse doesn’t work anymore… And he has 2 picks because he gets thrown at less than any other CB, because his guy is covered or they’re scared…our Dline is younger and better. Wake up Niner fans… YOU SUCK!! Oh wait here come the comments about how the Niners won 5 rings before you were even born.

    ————–

    Do you realize that without the refs blowing the call in the game against the Lions that the Seahawks would not have even made the playoffs last season?

  15. Hopefully they also get overlooked at as has-beens by their opponents as they are by some of the PFT posters, but that’s not likely.
    Sending $220 to Vegas to bet the over on 10.5 wins and putting $200 on them at 9-1 to win SB.
    Yes I think Carroll has them dialed in- and they way he has them mug the other teams recievers is brilliant.
    These guys have been in the adderall / study film all night long program for several seasons now and it will pay off.
    troll away………

  16. jermainewiggins says:
    Jun 2, 2016 9:49 AM
    And as much as I don’t like the Seahawks or Sherman’s antics as a player, I hate when I hear someone say, oh its the system he plays in. WHAT?! If that were the case u think every team would be running the same system, it’s a copycat league.

    = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

    the system itself isnt that crazy. a base 4-3 with cover 3 zone concepts. the thing that makes the “scheme” really good is the pieces within it.

    Earl Thomas might have the most range of any safety in the league. And the combination of him and Chancellor make up the leagues best safety tandem.

    Its not only just the “scheme” but the players, the way the coaches teach, how much film they watch and how hungry they are to be good.

  17. Oh goody, the loudmouthed and gigantic diva, Dick Sherman is flapping his gums yet again. How predictable. What’s even more predictable are the incredibly thin-skinned Seahag fans who are too blind to see what a d-bag Dick Sherman is.

  18. Brady shredded this overrated secondary in the SB. He will hang 40+ points on the PEDhawks this year too. He has a blueprint now. They had no answer for Edelman and Gronk put a beat down on them.

  19. Why is a 49er “fan” acting as if he’s paid any attention to football the last year and a half? I live not 10 minutes from Levis stadium and I legit haven’t seen anyone in a 49er jersey since 2014. That entire fanbase jumped ship to the Warriors with the quickness and will likely be jocking the Raiders next season if they manage to make any noise. RIP 49er faithful 2012-2014

  20. nhpats says:
    Jun 2, 2016 10:35 AM

    ————–

    Do you realize that without the refs blowing the call in the game against the Lions that the Seahawks would not have even made the playoffs last season?

    —————————————————————

    nhtroll, I mean nhpats: You keep saying this but you must be bad at math. Seahawks were the 6 seed at 10-6. If the refs wouldn’t have blown the call against the Lions, they would have been 9-7 (and the Lions 8-8). At 9-7 they still would have been the 6 seed. ATL was still 8-8 and every other team below .500

    Next.

  21. I’m still too ticked about that damn field goal Blair Walsh choked to the left to pay attention to anything Sherman has to say.

  22. Brady didn’t do anything to this defense even after Jeremy Lane went out with a broken arm. They had to concuss Cliff Avril before he could move the ball.

    I wouldn’t give a plug nickel for the Vikings defense.

    The revlon ped-troll hasn’t had an original thought in years.

    Where’s the idiot from South Dakota? We can get the full circle-jerk of trolls in one spot.

  23. Seahawks schedule predicted to finish 11-5:
    Dolphins – Seahawks win
    @ Rams – Seahawks win
    49ers – Seahawks win
    @ Jets – Seahawks win
    Falcons – Seahawks win
    @ Cardinals – Seahawks lose
    @ Saints – Seahawks win
    Bills – Seahawks win
    @ Patriots – Seahawks lose
    Eagles – Seahawks win
    @ Bucs – Seahawks win
    Panthers – Seahawks lose
    @ Packers – Seahawks lose
    Rams – Seahawks win
    Cardinals – Seahawks lose
    @ 49ers – Seahawks win

  24. patsfan4lifesbchamps – Brady did not shred anyone, he played a shell of the hawks secondary. Seahawks players literally gutted it out and should have won the game in SPITE of their injuries.

    Earl Thomas Torn Labrum Dislocated shoulder
    Sherman, Tommy john injury dislocated elbow
    Kam- Torn MCL night before SB
    Lane- INT then Torn Acl and Broken arm.

    It wasn’t until the adrenaline wore off that Brady did anything. Those aren’t typical bumps and bruises all of those players will need surgery on those injuries if they haven’t gotten them already. if seattle was even hurt NOT INJURED it would have been a run away by the Seahawks but you cannot roll out 4 of 5 defense backs that hurt and expect to not get beat up by an ALL TIME GREAT.

    I strongly doubt Pats put up more than 14 pts at home this upcoming season. Ill wait until the year for my prediction but I could easily see seattle sending a message that the SB was the FLUKE that is was.

    As hard as you Pats fans tried to change the dialog post SB it wasn’t the PATS winning it was the Seahawks LOSING IT! Everyone knows the seahawks win that game 99/100 it was their own cuteness that got them caught!

  25. nhpats says- stop embarrassing yourself with or without that game the seahawks not only make the playoffs but the exact same SEED. Why do you keep saying this like they we’re somehow lucky to make the playoffs?

  26. slaytheday55 says:
    Jun 2, 2016 9:44 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps – Brady did not shred anyone, he played a shell of the hawks secondary. Seahawks players literally gutted it out and should have won the game in SPITE of their injuries.

    Earl Thomas Torn Labrum Dislocated shoulder
    Sherman, Tommy john injury dislocated elbow
    Kam- Torn MCL night before SB
    Lane- INT then Torn Acl and Broken arm.

    It wasn’t until the adrenaline wore off that Brady did anything. Those aren’t typical bumps and bruises all of those players will need surgery on those injuries if they haven’t gotten them already. if seattle was even hurt NOT INJURED it would have been a run away by the Seahawks but you cannot roll out 4 of 5 defense backs that hurt and expect to not get beat up by an ALL TIME GREAT.

    I strongly doubt Pats put up more than 14 pts at home this upcoming season. Ill wait until the year for my prediction but I could easily see seattle sending a message that the SB was the FLUKE that is was.

    As hard as you Pats fans tried to change the dialog post SB it wasn’t the PATS winning it was the Seahawks LOSING IT! Everyone knows the seahawks win that game 99/100 it was their own cuteness that got them caught!
    _________________________________
    Hey Slay, just wanted to let you know…you missed the most important injury. Brady shredded Tharold Simon after he replaced the injured Lane. Simon was also playing with a dislocated shoulder and fully torn labrum. Simon could barely run, much less tackle.

  27. niners816 says:
    Jun 2, 2016 8:39 AM

    Just stop. If you think they are going anywhere this year, you’re fooling yourself. That o-line is horrid, and only got worse. Losing Sweezy and Okung is going to hurt. Russell Wilson will be scrambling for his life, and Thomas Rawls won’t be getting near the yards he had before going down with an injury. The only reason why Sherman is half way decent is because of Earl Thomas. Tell Sherman to actually cover a #1 receiver instead of a #2 and he’ll get burned. Losing Mebane and Irvin is going to make that defense more vulnerable. I know I’m naming people Seattle “fans” have never heard of, and if you think Seattle is going to be just fine without replacing those guys, you’re more delusional than I thought. Seattle goes 8-8 this year.
    _______________________________
    Everything you said is wrong…you should stick to your own team, because you know absolutely ZERO about the Hawks. Sweezy was one of the worst Guards in the NFL. Okung hadnt’ been worth a darn since 2012. The last 2 years, when he didn’t miss games, he was playing through injuries, and he was horrible. The O-Line will be a HUGE improvement over last year. They’ve drafted 6 OL in the last 2 drafts, and some of their veterans are ready to break out.

    Rawls had a broken ankle that didn’t even require surgery. My wife had a horrible broken ankle that required plates and screws. She was back to normal, running without any pain or ill effects about 8 months after the surgery, and she’s 58 years old. Rawls will be at 9 months in Week 1…it won’t be an issue, and even if it is, the Hawks drafted the consensus #4 RB and the consensus #7 RB prospects. Rawls was only an UDFA, and you saw what he did to your 49ers behind the #31 ranked O-Line in the NFL. I think it was 259 yards?

    Talk to Earl…he’ll tell you that the reason he is able to free-range as much as he does is because Sherman is one of the top CB’s in the NFL. It works to each player’s advantage. Having Earl and Sherman back there also allows Kam to play mostly in the box. And just so you know, Sherman was the #3 ranked CB according to PFF. Also, it helps to watch some games. Sherman followed #1 receivers in about half of the games last year. He still had one of the best passer ratings against of any CB in the league.

    Mebane declined badly the last couple of years, going from 60 at his peak, down to 20 in each of the last 2 seasons. They drafted the #1 run stuffing prospect in the draft, Jarran Reed. The kid will make “at-his-peak” Mebane look like a high school player. Irvin was never all that. He’d go unnoticed for stretches of 3 or 4 games at a time. He had 38 tackles all of last year…that’s terrible for a 3-down LB. There’s a reason that the Hawks declined his 5th year option a year ago.

    And why do 49er fans think all of our fans are brand new? The Hawks have been to the playoffs in 11 of the last 14 years. Only the Pats have been to more. Why would you think that a team that has been competitive for at least the last 14 years would have only brand new fans?

    Guaranteed…the Hawks will go 12-4 or better this year. The Cardinals will fail if they lose even one of three players…without Palmer, Mathieu or Fitz, they are a losing team, as are the Rams and 49ers this year. It’s likely the Hawks go 6-0 in the NFCW this year.

  28. Great analysis on why the Cardinals will fail. Try watching the games for a change, then you might understand why the Cards were 13-3 last year, outplayed the Seagulls in Seattle, and had the greatest point differential in the division.

  29. When the Packers won Super Bowl XLV, they lost Charles Woodson in the 1st half, and CB Sam Shields was limited with an injury in the 1st half. They also lost Donald Driver in the 1st half. So we Packer fans don’t want to hear the injury excuse.

    Next man up.

  30. That’s funny, because we’ve heard nothing *but* excuses from the Packers ever since then.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.