Richard Sherman talked today, three days after making national news by not talking.
As expected, the All-Pro cornerback was in full Sherman mode.
"It's humorous. It fun to me. It's funny, really funny," Sherman said before the Seahawks practiced this afternoon for Sunday's Super Bowl rematch against the Denver Broncos. "Especially when you got little guys like the Chargers' guys, talking about they 'exposed' somethin' -- and they had 50, 60 yards (receiving).
"I mean, (Antonio) Gates, a Hall of Famer, had a fantastic game. And Philip (Rivers) had a great game, you know. The rest of the guys were there."
Then Sherman was asked, 'Did you get the sense that for some of them it meant more to them to catch a few passes against you ..."
"Then to win the game?" Sherman interrupted, setting his sights on San Diego's second-year wide receiver Keenan Allen. "That's what it looked like. I mean, it's probably something he will tell his kids about -- 'You remember that one game?! Caught a few passes against Richard Sherman! Didn't score. But caught a few."
Allen caught the first three passes Philip Rivers threw at Sherman last weekend in San Diego's 30-21 victory over Seattle. Those were the first three balls thrown at Sherman this season. Sherman made two tackles in the second half on passes well in front of him in his zone of coverage that may or may not have been his assigned receiver on the play.
After the game Sunday Allen called Sherman just "a normal guy."
“We can go at him," Allen said. "We are not going to shy away from him.”
Allen didn’t stop there.
“He’s not really a shutdown corner,” Allen said of the NFL leader with eight interceptions last season. “We definitely wanted to come out and show we could go any way we wanted to, and that we were in control of the game. Wherever we wanted to go with it we were going to go with it."
Today Sherman called that "pretty hilarious."
"You know when a guy wants to get his name in the paper he's going to say something crazy," he said.
Sherman, who with linebacker Bobby Wagner were the only Seahawks on the field for all 70 of the Chargers' offensive plays, also addressed the hub-bub over his not talking to the media in the locker room following Sunday's game.
"I was literally standing in my locker. Earl (Thomas, in the locker to his right) was being interviewed," he said. "When you come off the field in a 120-degree game, and the locker room is about 90, (you are) probably not going to stand there for an extra hour to wait for everybody to get done doing interviews so I can go. You know, I'm tired and hot. Trying to get cool. I sat there, though, I was available. ... I didn't sneak off. ... Nobody called for me.
I got a laugh out of Sherman saying (as you can see on the video) that he was confused by "a guy who asked for an interview" in the hallway outside the visitors' locker room at Qualcomm Stadium Sunday, after he signed a football and two other requests for autographs.
I was that guy. I clarified this with Sherman at his locker today by introducing myself and explaining that I wasn't going to write he didn't talk after the game unless I tried to talk to him myself after the game, and that the first time I saw him after Sunday's game was when I saw his back as he was walking out of the locker room. That's when I followed him into the hallway leading to the team bus.
The Seahawks' beat writers were late getting into the locker room in San Diego because coach Pete Carroll was delayed getting into his postgame press conference next door. I and others had been there instead of for the wave of reporters around Thomas' locker to which Sherman referred today.
"Oh," Sherman said with a laugh when I explained all that -- and that I wasn't there trying to get an autograph, "that clears that up.
"Great to meet you."
Oh, and the final question Sherman got was about co-starring in a new commercial with ... a llama. That question was from Jim Moore of 710 ESPN radio in Seattle, and it made Sherman laugh again: I did not. I did not foresee that," while growing up in Compton, Calif., Sherman said. "Me and Spartacus (the llama's name), we have a pretty cool thing, but ... it's pretty interesting, I can tell you that."
Here's the commercial, complete with sunglasses on both Sherman and then llama.
--It was clear being in the locker room today before practice that the loss is still ticking off the players, especially those on defense. We'll see if that proves to be a good or bad thing for the game with the Broncos.
--Peyton Manning was especially guarded and mostly unquotable in his 10 minutes on a conference call with the Seattle media today. It was obvious he didn't want to answer questions about the Seahawks, let alone the Super Bowl.
--The Seahawks' practice report from today:
Did not participate: RB Marshawn Lynch (back), S Kam Chancellor (ankle), TE Zach Miller (ankle), LB Mike Morgan (hip), CB Tharold Simon (knee).
Limited participation: RB Christine Michael (hamstring), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (hamstring).
Full participation: TE Cooper Helfet (knee).
Cancel the alarms and sleepless nights just yet; I wouldn't read much into Lynch and Chancellor not practicing. This is the day to rest and absorb the game plan, four days before the Denver game. Lynch often doesn't do a ton during practice weeks in the middle of the season.
The Broncos' notables were all "Full participation": S Quinton Carter (knee), T Ryan Clady (foot), CB Chris Harris Jr. (knee), LB Von Miller (groin).
--Backup RB Christine Michael and rookie LB Kevin Pierre-Louis were back practicing today on a limited basis after missing two weeks with hamstring injuries. Third tight end Cooper Helfet is back, too, from, a knee injury. Carroll made it sound like all three should be available to make their season debuts Sunday against Denver -- though Michael's role in the offense is still to be defined. Robert Turbin is emerging as a dependable backup to Marshawn Lynch and has particularly excelled as an outlet receiver in the hurry-up offense at the end of the first half and end of games.
--You probably noticed S Kam Chancellor looked slow Sunday in San Diego, with Gates beating him for one touchdown and Chancellor getting over too late to affect Gates' third score over linebacker K.J. Wright. There's a reason for that.
"I couldn't move my legs," Chancellor said today of the San Diego heat. He got intravenous fluids in the locker room during the second half, as did Thomas and fellow defensive back Byron Maxwell.