Peter King of Sports Illustrated has a new project, MMQB, which debuted today. And in it, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman pens his first piece as a regular columnist for the new website.
And, as usual, Sherman does not disappoint, providing some insights into what he believes makes him the best cornerback in the business.
Sherman: “I play the game the right way. I play hard. I don’t take cheap shots. I never try to hurt anybody. And I respect people who respect me. It’s pretty simple. But if you don’t respect me, or if you doubt my ability, I’m not just going to sit there and swallow it. I’ll come at you. I know there are people out there—fans and other players—who say, “Just shut up and play.” But that’s not me. Never has been, never will be. I can’t make everyone out there happy.
Now, about my game: I think I’m the best cornerback in football. The tape shows it. My numbers put an exclamation point on it. Over the past two seasons, only one cornerback in the NFL has at least 10 interceptions (I have 12) and at least 32 passes defensed (I have 41). I’m not sure what else I can do to prove I’m the top corner in the game, but once you’re branded as a fifth-round pick, that sticks. Some people will never admit that a fifth-rounder is the best at his position.
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But I’m going to keep proving it, just like my team. There aren’t many out there who really believe in me, or in the Seahawks, yet. But just watch. It’s going to be our year.”
Peter King also offers this video piece on Russell Wilson.
Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports gives us a check list of things he will be looking for during his training camp tour, which includes a stop in Seattle on Aug. 13. Here’s what Kirwan has to say about the Seahawks: “It's always a big treat for me to visit old friend Pete Carroll up in the Northwest. From attending team and staff meetings to watching all the practice tape I need, to practically standing in the huddle at practice, I will know this team. Under the direction of GM John Schneider, Seattle does not stand still with the roster it has at the start of camp. There will be veterans brought in almost on a daily basis if competition is needed at any position. On defense, the club bought some pass rushers. I will pay close attention to see how Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Chris Clemonsand Bruce Irvin factor into the rush. There is one linebacker spot open to competition, and by time I get to Seattle there should be a clear picture of how everyone stacks up. On offense, the 27th-ranked passing attack in 2012 gets a boost from Percy Harvinjoining the club. Watching all the ways Seattle plans to use Harvin is a priority.”
Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle writes that potential injuries at offensive tackle could put Seattle’s offense at risk.
Jayson Jenks of The Seattle Times debates what are the most important game of the season for the Seahawks.
Len Pasquarelli writing for the National Football Post wonders when NFL players will do a better job of controlling their emotions on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.
Bill Barnwell of Grantland debuts Part I of his list of the top 50 most valuable assets in the NFL.