Marquise Goodwin vs. Richard Sherman is a mismatch

AP

Not long ago, the title to this blurb would have prompted a conclusion that cornerback Richard Sherman locked down receiver Marquise Goodwin, keeping him from getting off the line of scrimmage and ultimately preventing him from getting a chance to even get a pinkie finger on the football. On Sunday, that’s not what happened.

This video from Rob Lowder of USA Today shows Goodwin badly beating Sherman in a one-on-one drill.

It begins with a juke at the line of scrimmage that sends Sherman off balance. Goodwin then breaks to the outside and sprints away from Sherman.

By the time Goodwin makes an over-the-shoulder catch, he has two or three steps on Goodwin.

It’s just one snap, of course. And Sherman continues to work his way back from a torn Achilles tendon suffered in November. By the time the regular season begins, Sherman could be ready to play like he has since emerging as one of the league’s best cover corners in 2012.

Still, that clip will be viewed many, many times. And many will assume it means Sherman’s gas tank is getting close to empty. Premature as that conclusion may be, in an age where lying is becoming more commonplace and casual, the film never does.

64 responses to “Marquise Goodwin vs. Richard Sherman is a mismatch

  1. Gonna be a tough comeback. Corner skills put high stress on lower joints. I don’t agree with some on how good he was but it’s unlikely he will regain all of his former skills. The gap between good, great and mediocre is not that large, but it is a gap.

  2. An article about 1 snap!!! A practice snap! Sherman may be washed up….but c’mon let’s get a better sample size before skewering a player you have an axe to grind against.

  3. A corner will get beat. Especially 1 vs. 1 on practice. However if he continues to get beat by Goodwin – not the best sign!

  4. Richard Sherman looked extremely slow, he was beaten by more than 2-3 steps, looked more like 4-5 steps or a good 6ft or so ahead of Sherman. It wasnt only Goodwin that smoked him, some no name receiver named Aldrick Robinson smoked him to, Sherman had to reach and commit a blatant holding penalty grabbing a fist full of jersey in order to keep him from running away from Sherman clearly beating him.

    Sherman was never fast to begin with but was fast enough & had the quickness to beat WR’s thru pressing or roughing them up off the line and using excellent technique to beat guys and stay with receivers. Now that he has destroyed his achilles and had it repaired, along with having his other achilles “cleaned-up”, its fair to wonder just how much speed/quickness he has lost. His loss of speed could be A BIG problem/liability for the 49ers defense this season especially over the first half of the season or so as he’s working his way thru it, he likely is going to get beat a lot & commit penalties out of reacting to guys pulling away from him costing SF more yardage. Sherman has always had problems covering smaller WR’s, Arizona’s 5″11 JJ Nelson regularly smokes him w/ 4.27 40spd and elite quickness putting up 140YDs/1TD beating Sherman for 80YDs/1TD not to long ago in that game. But now it appears smaller WR’s will be a really problem for him. I hope Arizona lines up rookie 5″11.5/205pd WR Christian Kirk over Sherman’s side w/ his 4.43spd, elite quickness & yards after the catch ability w/ the ability of RB with the ball in his hands. Or JJ Nelson with his 4.27 40spd. Sherman is going to see a lot of speed this season he will have to show he can adjust to, AZ alone who SF faces twice has 3 WR’s with 4.3 speed or better & 2 with 4.43/4.40 speed. He could really struggle.

  5. “:By the time Goodwin makes an over-the-shoulder catch, he has two or three steps on Goodwin.”

    Another example of an NFL player fast becoming his own worst enemy.

  6. Sherman has always been overrated. He is a good corner but scheme, Cover 3, has been his best friend. The group of WR’s he faces this season will prove exactly that.

  7. Forgetting Sherman for a second, receivers consistently win these one on one drills the majority of the time, so him getting toasted once doesn’t really show anything either way.

  8. By the time Goodwin makes an over-the-shoulder catch, he has two or three steps on Goodwin.

    Impressive.

  9. Wow I’ve heard of fast but this is insane “By the time Goodwin makes an over-the-shoulder catch, he has two or three steps on Goodwin.” Of you can have 2 or 3 steps on yourself imagine what he had on Sherman smh

  10. Sherman would be more aerodynamic if he would keep his lips from flapping all the time.

    Cant wait too see him get burnt like this mornings toast.

  11. Here’s hoping Sherman makes a fool of himself this year.

    And then crawls under a rock and disappears.

  12. Child please, if you’re a quality NFL receiver and you can’t beat one on one coverage when there’s no pass rush and the QB has all day to throw, we should then question the talent of the receiver. We all know that in real game scenario a linebacker or safety would take away the inside and Sherman crowd the receiver outside in that zone defense they run out there…

  13. It is not in dispute that Sherman is past his prime and injuries have diminished his game. That said, it is also not in dispute that even in his prime, he was rarely in man coverage on the opponents number one wideout. The vast majority of time he was playing zone coverage on the opposite side of the field

  14. It’s easy to bash a guy like Sherman who it seems never had a thought or feeling that he kept to himself, but what this, and the way last season unfolded for Goodwin, tells me is that he has finally become a real NFL WR and not just an Olympic sprinter trying to make a conversion to football. He’s worked at it, so good for Goodwin.

  15. If you click on his name above that’s what it reports. Granted, he won’t get the full $39.5M In fact, I’ll be surprised if he’s still on the team next year.

  16. The achilles tendon is what allows an athlete to suddenly accelerate by pushing hard against the ground. Sherman had surgeries on the tendon on both legs. It has been less than 12 months since his first surgery, and there is no way he can perform at 100%. He is risking injury if he tries to come back too early in order to make more money this season.

  17. Goodwin is pretty underrated as a WR. He had nearly 1,000 yards receiving last season. I think it was easy to overlook him condidering his injury issues and the QB situation in Buffalo. Considering the success that Goodwin had with the 49ers and Robert Woods had with the Rams, Tyrod Taylor is even a worse QB than most realized.

    As a bonus, Goodwin is a genuinely good and compassionate individual off the field too.

  18. BelgianHawk. “Sherman doesn’t have the luxury of All-Pro safeties”. Seriously, dude. You obviously know nothing about the 49ers. Their safeties, Jaquiski Tartt and Adrian Colbert both have a shot at the Pro Bowl this year. Sherman described Colbert as “great”. This 49er secondary will be one of the NFL’s best…

  19. Sherman was so good because the LOB worked awesome together. He isn’t worth half of the amount he wanted to be paid. Niners will be 5-11 this year…at best.

  20. “We’re talking about practice, not a game, not a game, not a game, we talking about practice. Not a game. Not, not … Not the game that I go out there and die for and play every game like it’s my last. Not the game, but we’re talking about practice,“

  21. “This video from Rob Lowder of USA Today shows Goodwin badly beating Sherman in a one-on-one drill.”

    WR Tyler Lockett will burn Sherman this season the same way Goodwin just did….mark it.

  22. As a Bills fan I would not this same story happens with Goodwin every pre-season. He’s an Olympic sprinter, he’s really fast. The problem is if there is safety help or game pressure he can never win a battle for ball or make the key catches. Maybe he’s developed his hands and this changes this year but my gut says when the games start he will be above average at most with a few nice plays and Sherman will still be Sherman.

  23. He got beat by an olympic sprinter? Wow talk about a revelation. Goodwin also blew the doors off Peterson and Mathieu last year. Who had a 10yd and 15yd jump respectively. I would be more concerned if a receiver without 4.2 speed toasted him like that.

  24. “Goodwin then turned to the cameras and screamed: ‘THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU PUT A SORRY CORNER LIKE SHERMAN ON ME!'”

  25. Lol haters are out in full force over training camp. Gonna be a long year for you haters.

  26. He decided to incinerate his bridge in Seattle with smacktalk about the very organization that gave him his fame.

    Karma demands a going-down-in-flames kind of ending for him. Not a bad start…

  27. I remember when Revis got smoked by GOodwin everyone said Revis Island was done.

    Oh boy how similar this looks. All that trolling by Sherman about Revis is coming back to haunt Sherman it looks like since they both have similar careers. Both dominated and were leagues best CB for solid 4-5yrs each Revis (09′-12′) Sherman (12′-16′)

    Both had potential career altering injuries Revis (ACL) Sherman (Achilles)

    Both got smoked by Goodwin lol

    Sherman is done sorry Niner fans

  28. “’Sherman doesn’t have the luxury of All-Pro safeties’. Seriously, dude. You obviously know nothing about the 49ers. Their safeties, Jaquiski Tartt and Adrian Colbert both have a shot at the Pro Bowl this year.”

    Seriously, dude, you obviously know nothing about the definition of All-Pro.

    (Pssst: It doesn’t mean just going to the Pro Bowl.)

  29. Hold up now!! Before we jump all over Richard Sherman. He was never a great one on one man cover CB. He was a zone 3 cover corner. If the 49ers plan on using him in man coverage then he is being misused.

  30. nevermind the fact that Goodwin is an olympic athlete. He makes everyone look bad. i remember when he blew by Peterson and Honey Badger last year on the same play.

  31. We’re talking about practice. NOT a game. Practice. Of course the guy rehabbing from Achilles was beaten in practice. And, for those who don’t know: Goodwin nearly nabbed 1k yards from the amazing combo of Hoyer/Beathard/Garropolo. Never been a fan of Sherman the person, but respected the player. He’ll be fine this year- he’s got an extremely underrated backfield behind him. Maybe not the LOB, but very competitive. I’ll reserve judgment for game 1, and not practice 4.

  32. sjsmarts1 says:

    July 30, 2018 at 11:47 am

    “As a Bills fan I would not this same story happens with Goodwin every pre-season. He’s an Olympic sprinter, he’s really fast. The problem is if there is safety help or game pressure he can never win a battle for ball or make the key catches. Maybe he’s developed his hands and this changes this year but my gut says when the games start he will be above average at most with a few nice plays and Sherman will still be Sherman. ”

    He almost had 1,000 yards receiving this year and would have made it if not for an injury at the end of the year. Goodwin has proven he can play in this league

  33. yeah , but did he complete the process of making the catch while falling to the ground ??? lol

  34. You can bet Sherman will deny ever getting beat with his big mouth. Too bad he didn’t learn how to talk like a person instead of yelling about how great he is.

  35. You Forty Niner fans that aren’t used to the kind of hate that surrounds every single Richard Sherman article are in for a real treat this year.

    Ironic that you were some of the biggest haters before the niners signed him.

    You’ll find that Richard brings a different level of hate…more than any other player. He represents everything a lot of people in this country despise. It won’t be just Seahawk fans.

  36. Sherman’s skill is not speed. Sherman’s skill is technique and intelligence. Let’s face it, he went to Stanford so you know the guy is smart. But it’s more than just book-smarts. He’s a film junkie and is very, very good at applying what he sees on the film, to what he sees on the field.

  37. That injury takes time to come back from – probably more than a year.

    Even then you’re never the same.

    And he had it on both legs!

    Once again, the amateur GM from the whiners got snookered.

    LOL


  38. rukiddnme29 says:
    July 30, 2018 at 7:29 am

    Sherman was never really that great. Good, yes, but not great. Everyone knows that but the media.

    And of course the stat guys…

    Oh and all the NFL QBs who wouldn’t throw his way like Aaron Rodgers…

    And let’s not forget the opposing OC who consistently ran plays to the other side of the field…

    But you’re right. Your 13 inch B&W TV doesn’t lie.

  39. Sherman isnt even a Seahawk, he is a 49er but I watched him his whole NFL career and he was top 2 CB until injuries the last couple of years.

    He played the year before with knee injury didnt make excuses and last year he knew his achilles could go and played for try make the playoffs until it burst.

    Maybe he regains his form, maybe he doesn’t but a play in practice where you nobody cant touch anybody doesn’t tell you much.

  40. This is chump bait for all the Sherman haters. What you saw was not how Sherman plays. His game has never been about speed. The guy ran 4.56 at his combime. That is Linebacker/Safety speed. Sherman’s game is about strength and been physical with a receiver. So to all the Sherman haters out there, go back your holes, the guy will be fine. This was practice, which is why you practice, so you can test things out. lol

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