Recharge the bodies and minds. Sharpen the blocking and tackling techniques. Those are the rewards and goals for Seattle’s top seeded playoff team during a first round bye.
Cornerback Richard Sherman is recovering from a collision with teammate Earl Thomas III in the St. Louis game, and looking for ways to take his game to another level in post-season.
“It’s just like a regular season bye week. You get time to relax and get your body right, then you get to self-scout and evaluate. You get to look at your game and see what you can do better, ” said Sherman following a “bonus Thursday” practice in Renton.
Both Sherman and Thomas were named to the Associated Press 2013 NFL All-Pro first team selected by a national panel of 50 media members. Together they have helped Seattle’s defense lead the league in several categories, including interceptions. You could make a case for either man to be named NFC defensive player of the year.
Sherman calls himself a casual observer of this weekend’s NFC Wild Card games between the 49ers and Packers, and Eagles and Saints. He certainly isn’t rooting for one over another.
“We play whoever comes,” said Sherman. ” I mean good luck to everybody, they’re going to have a good time, but they’re going to have to deal with us when they get here.”
Could a weekend off cause rust and a possible drop off for the Seahawks’ defense, which turned in a dominating performance against the Rams?
“Not at all, not at all,”replied Sherman. ” Once you get into a certain point in the season you start to hit your stride and get into a rhythm. Chemistry-wise the defensive line is playing unbelievably. The linebackers are playing unbelievably. We are getting to the point where everybody wants it, and everybody is getting healthy, so it’s actually a good thing with time off.”
-Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan
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