Here's a transcript of Richard Sherman being his most uninhibited all season today, taking on Tom Brady, the NFL for going after Marshawn Lynch for gold shoes while not expecting the league to punish the Patriots for deflated balls, and all sorts of glib comments.
As I said earlier, don't expect such an unplugged performance next week in front of the international media mass that will swarm him hoping for more of this.
"I'm going to go cliche," he joked.
CB Richard Sherman
January 21, 2015
(On his elbow) It’s better than it was during the game—it’s a little sore, but not too bad.
(On him playing 100% in the Super Bowl) That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
(On proving to the world that last year wasn’t a fluke by reaching their 2nd Super Bowl) No—on the list of important things to us, that’s probably under the list.
(On his range of motion with his elbow) If I had to slap my brother, I’d be able to do it.
(On is it going to be easier preparing for their 2nd Super Bowl) You know what to pack this time—last year we over packed and you had to leave a bunch of stuff so we know not to pack as much. You know what media day is about so you’re kind of prepared for the distractions of the week a little bit more. I guess the ticket situation—you been to it once so everyone knows, either you’re letting people come or you’re letting nobody come.
(On distractions) I think it was somebody naked at media day—then that was kind of a circus. Everybody was like, ‘Media Day is so serious.’ Then you see a clown, three kids—somebody asked me about a Nintendo over there. So I was like, ‘Oh, I guess this isn’t as serious as they made it out to be.’
(On the best part of Super Bowl week) I guess anytime that you get free stuff is kind of cool. To us, it was just another week in the season obviously. You’re with these guys 180 or 190 of the 365 days, so you get to spend a special week with them, you get to know their families a little better because it’s not just them their but it’s their families, their sons and daughters. A lot of times you don’t get to meet them during these weeks, we’re always at work from eight to six and everyone goes home. You get one day during training camp to meet people’s family, but that’s about it. So you have a good time getting to know people more.
(On the game being a turning point for the entire team) Not really—honestly I never thought about that game being as a big turning point. I would say the Chicago game during Russell [Wilson’s] rookie year was it—him driving down in OT and winning that game for us, that game was just a fun battle at [Soldier Field]. It was one battle against a great team, and just one of those things.
(On if he’s mellowed down this year) No—I’ve just become cliché. It’s just what it required. I didn’t want to distract from my teammates, I wanted my teammates to get more attention this year. You can kind of take that away from them sometimes, not intentionally; people just want to pay attention to what you say. So if you say more cliché things then they pay more attention to a Bobby Wagner, Mike Bennett, or a Kam Chancellor—guys who are playing fantastic football.
(On how his arm felt making a tackle and was he surprised that Green Bay didn’t attack him more) Was I surprised—somewhat. I thought they would at least try one, and they did. The pass to Jordy [Nelson]—it did not feel great at all. It wasn’t a fun down for me, but I got him down and we were off the field, they kicked the field goal and we didn’t have to go back on the field so that was a good moment for us. It was sore, but I got an interception earlier in the game and I think everyone that told him to throw at me kind of swallowed what they said after that point. ‘Oh, maybe that’s why you don’t throw at him because he intercepts the football and he’s got 27 of them in the last four years so you probably should stop throwing at him.’ That might have been what they were thinking.
(On will he wear a brace and his limitations) I’m not sure—they’re going to have me practice in one, but I should be fine by game day. There shouldn’t be any limitations honestly—my left stiff arm may not be the greatest right now, but I think other than that, I’ll be pretty decent.
(On why the Patriots’ slot receiver production is so good) Tom [Brady] gets the ball out quick and they’re usually the ones getting out of their breaks the quickest, they’re usually the shorter routes, they’re usually the quicker reads—especially against the blitz. They play against a lot of blitzing teams in their division—Buffalo, Jets, and Miami as well there’s a lot of fire zone. The slot receivers are going to get a lot of action in those games and I think a lot of times that’s the focal point—people double team [Rob] Gronk [owski] and [Tim] Wright is there so you have to worry about him as well. So now the slot receiver also gets the lesser matchups.
(On what will happen when Kam Chancellor and Rob Gronkowski collide) I don’t know—I’ll be sitting there with popcorn—it’ll be good football though.
(On his appreciation for Kam Chancellor’s ability to hit after hitting his elbow) It was always pretty great, but I think he let off a little. I think he felt his brother right there and took a little bit off that hit and let me survive.
(On what Kam Chancellor’s big hits do for the defense) It gives us energy—they give us life. They allow us to play free—we were out and somebody came up to us, but Kam wasn’t around, but I was like, ‘we’re a bunch of wild dogs until the big lion comes around and we’re some bad men when he comes. He just brings that menacing force—we’re a pack of wild dogs and they’re pretty dangerous, but a lion running with a pack of wild dogs—that’s something.
(On what hits stick out) Take any of the hits on Vernon [Davis]—the one of Demaryius [Thomas] during our first Super Bowl last year. I think he hit [Richard] Rodgers pretty hard in the hole last week—that was a bad decision by #89, but that might have been the one.
(On the ‘You Mad Bro’ moment with Tom Brady in 2012) Like I said before, I think people some time get a skewed view of Tom Brady—that he’s just a clean cut, does everything right, and never says a bad word to anyone, and we know him to be otherwise, but in that moment of him being himself, he said some things and we returned the favor. Unfortunately he apparently didn’t remember what he said, but I’m sure at those moments of yelling at the ref, I’m sure he was saying, ‘Good job, you’re doing a fantastic job, keep it up.’
(On if he’s caught any deflated balls) I’ll have to go to my collection and check—I have to see if there any pounds missing, but no I’ve never heard of that and I’m not sure anything will come from it honestly whether it’s true or it’s not true. It didn’t have much effect on the game and if it did—if it’s against the rules, then it’s against the rules, but you’ll see that it’s not going to have any effect on this game. Nobody is going to get suspended, nothing is going to happen, they’re going to play this game, whatever they did—the risk reward was greater. They were trying to suspend Marshawn [Lynch] for gold shoes—that really affects the game if you suspend Marshawn for gold shoes, but then you got balls being deflated and that’s an issue.
(On what Tom Brady said) He was pretty much saying that we were nobodies and that we should come up to him after they get the win. So we should take that pretty well, ‘Cool, can I get your autograph too?’
(On did Russell Wilson trash talk that game) I have no idea—you’d have to ask other opponents. I’ve never played against him other than practice, but he’s never said anything crazy like that to us.
(On Richard being in Tom Brady’s sights right now) I could care less—I hope so, gives me more opportunities to get the ball. He’s had me in his sights before—it’s fine.
(On Doug Baldwin’s rant) Well they keep calling him pedestrian for some reason. You would think after last year that they would at least give him some kind of semblance of respect, but they didn’t.
(On having a chip being important to him and Doug Baldwin) Very important, but respect is also important. A lack of respect makes the chip bigger and then it leads to things like that and people saying that they wouldn’t lose sleep over our receivers, there’s this receiver or that receiver. Well there are two receiving corps left in the playoffs. I mean that’s really how it goes, if winning a Super Bowl isn’t everything that matters then what are we talking about, what was we comparing tomatoes-tomatoes, what are we comparing things for? These are people who just came from a Super Bowl—Doug caught a pass in the Super Bowl, [Jermaine] Kearse caught a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl. These are guys that have Super Bowl experience—a lot of these receivers that people say are a lot better than them or that have a lot numbers, don’t have Super Bowl rings, have never played in the Super Bowl, so you at least have to give them that respect—you would think. Analyst, writers, and critics continue to disrespect these guys so it leads to stuff like that. This is Kearse’s 2nd or 3rd game winner…in the NFC Championship—he had the same pass in the last NFC Championship that gave us the lead and we never lost it again.
(On any difference in Tom Brady since the last meeting) Not really—he’s still getting the ball out pretty fast just like he was then. He was getting it out fast then, and he’s getting it out fast now. I think we’re a little different than the guys that were out there in 2012. I think that was Bobby’s [Wagner] rookie year, it was my 2nd year, Earl [Thomas] and Kam’s [Chancellor] third year, and I don’t even think [Byron] Maxwell was here.
(On his reflection of being under a lot of criticism for trash talking last year) It’s just growth—I think I’ve grown from that. You learn about what you can say and what you can’t say obviously, what people are going to think of certain things, how judgmental people are, how some people, despite how imperfect they are, judges the world as if they’re perfect and sometimes you just have to accept that and just take it with a grain of salt. You just have to sit there and smile and laugh it off because if you let those people get to you, and let those people get under your skin, then you’ll have a life time of proving people wrong who would never be able to prove you wrong in anything. You’re over here accomplishing things that people wouldn’t accomplish in their wildest dreams and you’re trying to prove something to them. So at the end of the day, you have to be true to yourself, and true to what you’re about. If you have dreams, stick to them and accomplish them and don’t let people deter you from what you believe is right, and what you want to accomplish.
(On being compared to Darrelle Revis) I haven’t thought about that honestly, but he’s had a great year. He’s been doing his job effectively and I’ve liked what I’ve seen from his game. I’m sure people make comparisons—they always do, but I think we play the game two different ways. He plays it more conventional is what people would say and mines a little more unorthodox, which means it’s just more difficult to replicate what I do on the football field. So everyone is going to make comparisons but it’s just two different styles to compare—I play my way, he plays his way, and both of them are effective.
(On Brandon Browner) He’s still an LOB member—he’s still a great friend of ours. It’ll be fun, I’m sure he’ll find the same joy in playing us as we will in playing him. It’s like playing your brothers—you play against your brothers, it’s going to be a fun game. At the end of the day, you hug, shake hands, and we’ll hang out this offseason, but this 60 minutes, it’ll be a fun battle and it’ll be a joy to play.
(On the LOB bond) I think it keeps growing as our group continues to grow as well. We welcomed some more members to our group as well—Marcus Burley and Steven Terrell and those guys have made impact in their own ways. Every year their role grows—Tharold Simon’s had a greater role this year, Byron Maxwell obviously had a greater role, and it’s been fun. It’s always fun to see people get better in this game through hard work and dedication, improving their technique, improve their understanding, and also outside of our room, Brandon’s [Browner] success—he had a great year and his team won. We’re happy to see his success—we’re happy to see Will Blackmon, Walter Thurmond, and Chandler Fenner got picked up. We always keep track of our guys.
(On does LOB still make vacation trips) Yes we do—we did one last year. It was fun.
(On giving Marshawn Lynch media relations lessons) We’re going to have a course later on this week. Going into media day, we’re going to have a good discussion about do’s and don’ts of media day—me and Marshawn.
(On the importance of being recognized as the best corner) I think it’s more for a historical aspect of it. It’s kind of a respect thing and at the end of the day, you’re not going to impress everybody. A quarterback can throw 100 touchdown passes and somebody is going to say he sucks and he’s not great. A corner can have 1000 interceptions and somebody is going to say that he’s bad and this guy is better. So at the end of the day, you kind of have to prove it to yourself more than anybody.
(On does he think he’s the best corner) I don’t know anybody else that would say otherwise.