Cornerback Richard Sherman spoke with CBS Sports Radio host Jim Rome Friday morning, fresh off the Seattle Seahawks’ 27-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys Thursday night. Over the course of the eight-minute interview, Sherman spoke about the team’s united feeling this year, why he believes Tyler Lockett will continue to be one of the better players in the league, how the NFL and NBA compare when it comes to squashing players voice and personality, and — finally — whether he’s playing Pokemon Go.
Listen to to the full audio interview below.
“The way the offense executed was fantastic,” Sherman said of Seattle’s 27-17 preseason victory Thursday.
Quarterback Russell Wilson completed 16 of 21 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns — the first, a perfect 10-yard pass to wide receiver Paul Richardson; the second, a signature scrambling how-did-he-do-that 9-yard pass to Tyler Lockett. On the defensive side of the ball, Sherman added to his own highlight real when he delivered a punishing hit to Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott, knocking the rookie back about five yards.
“You see guys, regardless of who the guy is, what side of the ball he’s on, you see a lot of guys on the team celebrating and cheering, excited for him, excited for his family, excited for his success. And I think that’s something that makes us different from other teams.”
A recurring theme throughout this month’s Seahawks training camp was unity. Primarily, the idea that this year’s squad — with the right mix of experienced, savvy vets and rookies with the competitive personalities Pete Carroll and John Schneider have openly sought — have the kind of unity and edge that could once again send Seattle far into the postseason. Strong safety Kam Chancellor told reporters in early August that this year’s camp felt more like Seattle’s Super Bowl XLVIII season.
“It’s just guys appreciating each other,” Sherman said, about the team feeling this year compared to last. “Guys celebrating the next guy. Sometimes you find yourself being selfish. Not being jealous of anybody, but just not being as enthused as you should be for another guy making a big play. I think on this team you see that. You see guys, regardless of who the guy is, what side of the ball he’s on, you see a lot of guys on the team celebrating and cheering, excited for him, excited for his family, excited for his success. And I think that’s something that makes us different from other teams.”
There’s plenty of anticipation and excitement surround second-year player Tyler Lockett heading into this season. Lockett told Rome in July that every practice matchup against Sherman “felt like a war.”
“I’d say I usually get the better [of Lockett] just because [those match ups] don’t happen that often,” Sherman said when asked about Lockett’s praise. “And I’m crafty. I’m an old crafty veteran now, so I got a few more tricks in my bag than he has at this time. But it’s always a very unique battle when me and him go at it because we’re different sizes. Obviously he’s smaller and quicker, and I’m bigger and long limbs, etcetera etcetera, so it’ s always a chess game with he and I.
“And we always work — because you have to conversate and make each other better. If I see something he’s doing that’s benefiting me, then I let him know so that he can continue to improve and grow. And I think that’s why he’s going to continue to be one of the better players in this league, because he’s always willing to grow and willing to learn.”
“I think honestly they’d rather guys speak about football and nothing else.”
Sherman was also asked about his thoughts on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ comments last week. Rodgers was on Rome last week, when he said he “felt like the NFL doesn’t encourage players to speak their minds.”
“I think honestly they’d rather guys speak about football and nothing else,” said Sherman. “The league likes to control the image and control the messaging and nothing to damage the shield… and the NBA, I think they obviously care more about their players. Their players, NBA and their union and everything have a much more amicable relationship than our players union in the NFL. Obviously they have trust and belief in their commissioner and we have a hot and cold relationship with our commissioner. So there are things that are obviously different between the leagues.
“But I think at the same time you see guys [in the NFL] starting to be more genuine. You see guys speaking out and showing their personalities. But the league doesn’t make money when players show their personalities, necessarily. That’s why the league doesn’t let guys wear their own shoes, or wear their socks different, or wear their gloves. They fine guys for having their T-shirt hanging out of their jersey a little bit, you know, things like that. Because the more unique guys are, the more money that individuals can make, the less that the league can make. It kind of affects their bottom line. So they like to control that.”
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