I don’t see any reason for Richard Sherman to hold any ill will against the Seattle Seahawks or Pete Carroll — the head coach who picked him in the fifth round, believed in him, molded him, put him in a position to succeed to Hall of Fame levels, gave him the opportunity to start as a rookie, and who created the Legion of Boom secondary — but Sherman doesn’t intend to start withholding his truth now after all these years of being the most honest player in the game. And it seems as though Sherman, like a number of former Seahawks now, is also going to lament on what could have been rather than what was ...
With seemingly most of the blame going on management instead of the players.
In a recent interview with SI, way down at the bottom of the page, Sherman goes into detail — scratch that — Sherman speaks very generally and without specifics on what went “wrong” in Seattle following their Super Bowl win:
“It’s just unfortunate. It’s really unfortunate,” Sherman says. “I think it’ll all come out when they do the 30 for 30. Mistakes and poor judgment on things ruined what could have been a really special deal. You don’t have much left right now. And to say you’re not going to pay Earl Thomas is just ... There’s no decline in play there. He’s played the game the right way. Who do you have to pay? You have the two best linebackers in the game. You have the quarterback. You have a great wide receiver in Doug [Baldwin]. And you’re paying Duane Brown.”
Strangely, Sherman says two pretty conflicting things: “You don’t have much left right now” and then, “You have the two best linebackers in the game. You have the quarterback. You have a great wide receiver in Doug. And you’re paying Duane Brown.” Earlier in the same piece, Sherman makes it clear that one of the main reasons that he chose the San Francisco 49ers was Jimmy Garoppolo. That he wanted to be on the sideline with either Garoppolo or Kirk Cousins. If the Seahawks have Russell Wilson, who Sherman notes as a franchise-worthy quarterback, certainly they have something left — in addition to the two linebackers and the receiver.
I don’t want to infer too much about his comment about Brown. But he’s also overlooking that Seattle does also have Earl Thomas, the player he thinks they should give an extension to, so that’s certainly got to mean something. I don’t know, if given a second chance, he’d want to mention former teammates like Shaquill Griffin, Frank Clark, Jarran Reed, and Bradley McDougald.
I do, however, want to know if he thinks the Seahawks are a bad team without much left right now, or one that should compete with the quarterback, safety, linebackers, and receiver. Sherman continues, but with less specifics:
“They’ve lost their way. It’s as simple as that. They’ve just lost their way. When you make too many mistakes over a long period of time, you kind of dig yourself a hole. And then when you backtrack, you gotta make a bunch of rash decisions to try and fill the hole and hope that it holds up.
“When we were rolling it was an environment for pure competitors. When it becomes something else, then it’s more difficult to thrive in, and I think that’s what was tough on Earl, that’s what was tough on a lot of guys. But I think as it kind of progressed, you start seeing the writing on the wall. You’re like, ‘Not only are they probably moving in a different direction,’ but it’s like, ‘Ah, well, I kind of want to move in a different direction, too.’ So it happens like that. All great things must come to an end, I guess.
“I’m not even going to worry about it now. I’ve got bigger fish to fry.”
Sherman doesn’t go into detail on what the “mistakes” or “rash decisions” were, but possibilities include Jimmy Graham, Brown, Eddie Lacy, Germain Ifedi, Sheldon Richardson, Jeremy Lane, Bruce Irvin, or Cary Williams; not necessarily from my perspective, but in trying to decipher what Sherman means. I also must wonder if Sherman thinks that the Super Bowl was won by the players and that the lack of a Super Bowl win in the four years since is all to blame on the coaches and front office executives.
Sherman does seem to think that the lack of “competitiveness” on the team hurt them in the last few years, but doesn’t explain why it was less competitive. Was it because the team had more established veterans — like Sherman — than they did in the 2010-2012 years when they were still rebuilding one of the worst rosters in the NFL? Who knows — I’m open for guesses as to what it does mean.
We know that Sherman wanted out as early as last year, so it’s safe to say that for him, there was “writing on the wall” that no longer sat well with him. Maybe by going to a team that went 2-14 in 2016, then started 1-10 last season, Sherman feels he can be a part of building something again rather than the responsibility of upholding a level of greatness that’s already there.
Earlier in the piece, Sherman comments on Jaylen Ramsey’s “It wasn’t like he was just dicing us up” soundbite about Garoppolo:
Sherman’s response: “It kind of sounds like you’re making excuses, but you’re making poor excuses. You got beat. You got beat last year. That doesn’t matter. What are you going to do this year? You all didn’t win the Super Bowl. We’re talking about a regular-season game. Move on.”
Come on, Sherm. Don’t tell me you don’t see the irony.