Richard Sherman rejected Lions offer, and Patriot way

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When cornerback Richard Sherman had free agency options, he weighed more than just the money that was presented to him.

He also wanted to win, and the play in a place he was comfortable.

Sherman told David Lombardi of TheAthletic.com that he rejected a Lions offer which included more guaranteed money, primarily because he didn’t want to play there.

“But that’s not the kind of football I want to play,” Sherman said. “The way you run their scheme, your culture. You want to do it the Patriots’ way and that’s really not the way I do football. . . .

“I have fun. I like music at practice. I like to hang out and be relaxed in meetings. I don’t like the stressful environment in football. [The Lions] condition every day after practice. My body isn’t built to run all day and night. I’ll be prepared, but I don’t have to be run into the ground.”

He found a home with Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers, something closer to what he was looking for after he and the Seahawks parted ways.

“That’s what I appreciate about Kyle,” Sherman said. “His culture and the way he did things was very similar to how we did things in Seattle and what I was accustomed to. That made a huge difference. Hey, I can get this $20 million guaranteed and be in Detroit and lose football games. Or I can go to a place where I’m very comfortable with the scheme, coach and culture and I’m very comfortable with the things they do and I really believe we can win.

“Because I don’t think there’s anybody that can stop Kyle when he has the personnel that he has picked and put into spots, and I don’t think there’s anyone that can beat [defensive coordinator Robert] Saleh when he has the personnel that he has picked and put into spots.”

The fact Sherman’s in Miami this week, and the Lions are 9-22-1 and signed up for another year of Matt Patricia trying to create a New England system in Detroit suggests his choice was the right one.

36 responses to “Richard Sherman rejected Lions offer, and Patriot way

  1. >> I don’t like the stressful environment in football. [The Lions] condition every day after practice. My body isn’t built to run all day and night. I’ll be prepared, but I don’t have to be run into the ground.”

    Matt Patricia introduced a conditioning program similar to what Belichick installed with the patriots. There is a reason they did that, its so the players don’t get tired late in teh game, or if faced with a hurry up offense. One of the ways the patriots beat teams is the defenders get tired under the pressure of the hurry up offense.

    Conditioning work, especially interval training (i.e running up hills) isn’t fun, but it helps in winning games. If I was being paid millions I guess I’d do what the coaches asked and do my conditioning training. Who knows, it might help win a game, and that could be the difference bewteen the playoffs or sitting on the couch,

  2. It wasn’t Detroit, nor even the Lions he rejected, but as he stated, the Patriot way, meaning that joke of a coach and GM.

    As someone who likes the Lions, and am somewhat indifferent to Sherman after the way he left Seattle, my team, you cant really argue with him. The proof is in the Lions players who have left, Tate and Diggs, and plenty of murmurings of unhappiness within that locker room.

    And moreover, it begs the question, how many other FA targets feel the same way about maybe joining the Lions, like Sherman did after just 1 meeting?

  3. Sherman speaks truth to power. He knows how Belicheat ruined football and wants no part of it.

  4. When Patricia is fired midseason, he should never get another head coach opportunity in the NFL.

  5. It wasn’t Detroit, nor even the Lions he rejected, but as he stated, the Patriot way, meaning that joke of a coach and GM.
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    That darn joke of a coach and GM with his owning the AFC Championship and six Super Bowl titles; what professional athlete would want to be a part of that?

    FACT: Sherman told us he’s too soft for the Patriot Way, so he found something easier. His own words.

  6. Just like I said in another post and got lambasted. Some players are miserable playing for the Patriots. Rob Gronkowski even said so…they don’t celebrate wins and were unhappy at 9-1. The NE faithful called me liar and then I posted proof…then they said Rob doesn’t count because he doesn’t play there anymore. Whatever! You hear this all the time when players leave NE. Didn’t Amendola say he was finally free upon leaving?
    These Patriot homers are starting to sound like a cult. You can’t say the tiniest negative thing about this team, Tom Brady or BB without getting jumped on and people making personal attacks about you and your life when they know nothing about you.
    If my team sucks, I will be the first to admit it. The Ravens’ coaching staffed choked against Tennessee and were full of themselves before that game. When Lamar was on, the receivers were off, and vice versa, easy assessment, we sucked. Ain’t that hard to admit, move on to another day. Tom Brady sucked all year and everyone made excuses for him while he threw the ball all over the field to unknown areas and to the other team. You saw it with your on eyes. Admit it; I promise the sun will come up tomorrow.
    Great choice Sherman. What’s the point of winning, if you can’t enjoy. Who wants to be miserable at work everyday?
    And don’t let me get started with Matt Patricia. You got rid of Caldwell for this? The only thing the Bill Belichick tree is good for, is beating Bill Belichick.

  7. intrafinesse says:
    January 29, 2020 at 7:12 am

    >> I don’t like the stressful environment in football. [The Lions] condition every day after practice. My body isn’t built to run all day and night. I’ll be prepared, but I don’t have to be run into the ground.”

    Matt Patricia introduced a conditioning program similar to what Belichick installed with the patriots. There is a reason they did that, its so the players don’t get tired late in teh game, or if faced with a hurry up offense. One of the ways the patriots beat teams is the defenders get tired under the pressure of the hurry up offense.

    Conditioning work, especially interval training (i.e running up hills) isn’t fun, but it helps in winning games. If I was being paid millions I guess I’d do what the coaches asked and do my conditioning training. Who knows, it might help win a game, and that could be the difference bewteen the playoffs or sitting on the couch,

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    Apparently the conditioning isn’t working for the Lions

  8. If Sherman prefers a looser atmosphere, that’s his prerogative. I prefer my team to be single focused and not to get gassed in the fourth quarter.

  9. Well Richard, discipline and running up hills is not fun but it lead us to the third pick in the draft.

  10. Have a feeling Sherman is going to be wishing he was better conditioned when he’s chasing Chiefs receivers all over the field . As much as the 49ers dominated the game Rodgers was 31 for 39 with 326yds passing with Sherman getting burned for a 65 yd TD along with the defense giving up 2 other receptions of over 20 yds . The 49ers defense looked tired in the second half which doesn’t bode well considering the Chiefs offense is far superior to the Packers offense .

  11. It’s pretty risky, not only his mouth, attitude and style of play, but as a Millennial, which he is, it’s not surprising.

    He’d probably have more than 1 ring now if he just wasn’t so egocentric.

    We shall see if he can back it up on Sunday.

  12. Sherman makes people so salty by speaking the truth. NO ONE WANTS TO PLAY FOR DETROIT. Not Barry Sanders, Megatron or Sherman. It the wasteland of football where great players careers are killed ask Stafford

  13. People are actually suggesting that Sherman should have gone to Detroit?

    I’m sure he would have listened if the actual Pats were calling, but the poor copy would not have been a good fit.

  14. golladayinnexpress says:
    January 29, 2020 at 8:30 am

    Well Richard, discipline and running up hills is not fun but it lead us to the third pick in the draft.

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    Third pick in the draft along with 63 years of failure. Are there Lions going to draft another TE in the first round, lol. Trying to be positive about the Lions non-existent progress in over six decades is like pulling teeth.

  15. This isn’t exactly the best marketing for the Lions entering the free agency period.

    As to conditioning, most NFL players are already in pretty good condition coming into camp. It’s no longer like the 80’s where camp was used to get into shape.

  16. I dislike the Patriots as much as anyone but his comments are ridiculous. Remember, Sherman was the same guy on the sidelines yelling at his coach and yelling at his quarterback and basically having a temper tantrum anything</b happened that he didn’t like. Not many coaches would put up with a cry-baby like that. I can’t wait for Sherman’s meltdown after he gets burned by KCs receivers or after he gets called for holding half a dozen times to try to slow them down. The only thing he’s truly great at is holding. I hope he gets burned over and over and over. Then we’ll see what he has to say. Maybe he’ll blame it on someone not shaking hands with him.

  17. Look, no culture is perfect for everyone. But if your goal is to win consistently and sustain that through multiple cycles of players, no culture has proven to be more successful than the one instilled by Belichick in New England.

    That said, maybe the lack of success former Patriots coaches have had despite bringing that culture to other teams is evidence that what really sustains excellence in New England isn’t their culture, but the player they have had playing QB the last 20 years. We will see how it goes if and when #12 isn’t there.

    As an aside, there’s nothing less sympathetic than a professional athlete complaining about doing conditioning drills. It’s literally your job to be in as good shape physically as you can be, and you get paid millions to do it.

  18. Yes he didn’t want to cheat. Sherman is an honest person with integrity.
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    Wasn’t this the guy who tested positive for PEDs then blamed it on the guy who collected the sample? Yep – reeks of integrity.

  19. Some players judge success by how much money they make.
    Some players judge success by how much fun at work they have.
    Some players judge success by how many championship rings they win.

    Which one do you want on your team?

  20. It worked out well for Sherman, I know he did not expect the 49ers to go from 4-12 to this good overnight, he’s lucky he’s part of this team and making it to the SB, otherwise he wouldn’t mention any of this.

    Sounds more like he just wanted to get paid and end his career on an easy note, and wasn’t seriously expecting this.

  21. typical millennial. along for the ride, not committed to doing the work, and extremely willing to take credit for it.

  22. Some things are simply better left unsaid. Sherman loves the 49ers environment, it works for him. Why not just say that? Why throw the Lions under the bus? Being successful sometimes requires doing stuff you don’t want to (like conditioning drills). Besides, different situations require the right type of leadership skills. Luckily, the CBA & free agency give players the freedom of choice to select the team that fits them best.

  23. Looksike he was gassed in the 4th. Maybe he should have been conditioning instead of relaxing.

    What a bam. Really wanted SF to win, but he made it ok that they lost.

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