Congratulations, Richard Sherman, you locked down a weak receiving core with a bum quarterback and beat the Washington Redskins. Now can you act like you’ve won before?

Trent Williams was wrong to hit Sherman after the Redskins lost Sunday. I would have hit him repeatedly. What would you expect after beating a guy at home to end his season and getting in his face after the game? Maybe Williams didn’t mean to gouge Sherman’s eye. Instead, he was telling him to go back to the circus and paint his face in sign language.

From my experience, every team has a few players like Sherman. The kind who yaps all game and beyond. For some reason they are usually corners, and they come in packs like cackling jackals. Regardless of their position, people only respect those players when they’re winning. If I can offer one piece of advice it’s to NEVER engage them verbally. Just beat them down. The funny thing is the best players rarely talk. They usually sneak up and blow your lid off or high step a pick six to the house without saying a word. The funnier thing is the fact I’m writing about Sherman means he’s won over me too.

It makes you feel sorry for Andrew Luck, who faced off with Sherman at Stanford for several years. And it makes you feel worse for the Seattle Seahawks receivers that have to put it with him all year, as it’s probably worse in practice. As an offensive unit in college, we used to pick the loudest cornerback in practice every week and run an air raid on them until they shut up or were benched. Hint: it was always the same guy. After he pulled me down by the face mask during a 7-on-7 drill in light strip one year, we fought instantly. It was his second fight that practice, and my only one of the year. He was 0-2. I went undefeated on the season.

Playing against a rival with a talker like Sherman on the team is truly something to be savored. I remember the University of British Columbia had one in particularly. He was an overweight corner with a mouth frozen on turbo and slow feet. Most of these guys don’t know to shut up when they are losing either. You scheme for them. You dream of them.

This particular corner once trash talked our QB and offensive co-ordinator in the third quarter of a home-and-home rivalry for an entire timeout. Seriously, who trash talks a sideline during a timeout? Our QB told him to play man cover. He did. We ran play action and burned him 1-on-1 on a deep ball for six points. Like 50, maybe 60 yards deep for six, and it wasn’t even close. We won 42-12 on his turf.

Six days later he started talking again in the first quarter. It started after our quarterback ran a draw to his side and TRUCKED him. Yup, he got up and called for it again. So we ran a toss at him to the short side of the field, the kind of toss where the receiver cracks down on the linebacker while the fullback and play-side guard pull and double the corner. I nicknamed it the Swinging Gate. We ran it for three first downs in a row. Then we drilled a 25-yard back shoulder streak on the bewildered fella for six before winning 35-17.

Not that this is new behavior from Sherman. He pulled a similarly classy move on Tom Brady after the Seahawks beat the Patriots at home. Seattle won’t advance to the Superbowl, so there’s no hope of facing the Patriots again this year, but rest assured the next time they do Brady is either going bomb on him all day long, or send the Gronk to on a flat route and run him down like a mouse on the highway. Personally, I can’t wait for that moment because there’s no greater feeling than lighting up a loudmouth corner. If I’m the Atlanta Falcons this week I script a sweep towards him during the first six plays regardless. You want the spotlight? Have your fill son. Oh, and meet Julio Jones and Roddy White. They have a healthy QB and just might be the best receiving tandem in the league.

I imagine there must be a few teammates wary of Sherman’s act. As long as he’s winning there isn’t much anyone can say to him. But while any team can string together a hot streak, not everyone can win a Super Bowl. Sherman better keep it up because the day he loses a step and blows a coverage, the entire offense will cave in on him. There’s a difference between intimidating and annoying. That difference is simply in the W or the L column. If Sherman wants people to respect him as a player regardless, he should act like he’s won before until he beats someone that matters.

Now that he keeps asking for the spotlight, he’s a prime target to get more than he bargained for. You’d better keep it up Rich, you don’t want to be that guy. Don’t get burned. Ever.

Luke Purm is a freelance writer and former college football player (a wide receiver at Simon Fraser University) with an inside look at the sights and sounds from the huddle, down the field, through the air, in the endzone, under the pile, out of the locker room, on the scoreboard, and everywhere else football sweats, smells, yells, breathes and collides with life. Follow him on Twitter.

Comments (11)

  1. I see ur frustration but this is just dumb. Sherman is amazing. He isn’t like some loser cornerback that u played in univeraity. Attacking him would be a big mistake.

  2. i agree with mainstream that this article is dumb. the best players arent always quiet, look at ray lewis and lawrence taylor. corners are left on an island so they have to play with lots of swag and hype themselves up to believe theyre the best just like boxers. plus sherman got snubbed from the pro bowl so i guess he wants to reiterate how good he is

  3. LOL id love to see the Simon Fraser Wide Receiver try to get open on this guy

  4. this article is terrible. Sherman is the best cb in football and backs up his talk with elite play. He has beaten Brady,Rodgers,Romo, Newton, Kapernick, RG this season.

    Brady started that trash talk by telling Sherman to come find him after the game after they won. Sherman came and found.

    Some of the greats have mouths on them.Deion, Ray Lewis etc

    If you have ever played as sport you also know that Trent Williams is a puss for swinging on a dude while keeping his lid on. Make sure both guys have dropped their lids and then swing away.

    Having played for SFU does not make you qualified to have an opinion on NFL players, it makes you qualified to run a 5.9 40. I played OUA basketball, doesn’t give me the right to bad mouth Melo, Rondo etc.

  5. You are fucking stupid. Please stop writing. You don’t know what you are talking about, and you can’t write. If I were you, I would work in a career where you don’t have to communicate with people or know anything about sports. Richard Sherman is an All-Pro. He also did nothing to provoke the thug Trent Williams. If you want to write about the kid who is annoying look at Williams teammate Deangelo Hall, who swore at the Seahawks captains when they had a nine year old girl as honorary captain. Again, go fuck yourself.

  6. Great article! It’s awesome to see Sherman’s hubris bite him in the ass against this Falcons passing attack. Perhaps Dicky could take a page from Barry Sanders’ book and let his play speak for itself. Until then, he can just shut up and get back in the huddle instead of acting like a clown after making routine plays.

  7. Ok, I’m a 49er die-hard, so I don’t care for Sherman….at all. He seems like the most annoying person to play against, but HE IS THE BEST CORNER IN THE LEAGUE. He’s going to make plays all over the field, sure, he’ll get burnt every now and then… but that’s football. This article isn’t all that smart to publish. Talking about the reps in practice is retarded. I can guarantee you that the Seahawks don’t mind his mouth at all, nothing a few beers amongst teammates won’t cure. Here’s Sherman’s downfall… You’re a football player (with a helmet), why trash talk to a pissed off 300lb lineman who’s season just ended?!?!?!? Dude, talk as much as you want…. With your helmet on! GO NINERS!

  8. this is dumb, every athelete in every sport talks trash, everyone, coaches players fans, hell even refs sometimes im sure, so no idea why your specficially mentioning sherman, and using a media outlet to show how dominate you are in fights during highschool football practice is embarassing “bro”, thats what youtube is for…..

    the scores own “sights and sounds” even showed Sherman doing excatly what rg3 asked and went and talked to him after the game like a professional, telling rg3 how proud he is of him….. great article……

  9. Richard Sherman wasn’t the one who punched someone after the game. If you watch the video douche bag Trent Williams comes up to him and says “im going to punch you in your goddamn face” All Sherman said was do it.

  10. Hes the shut down king, best in the league hands down. I would absolutely love it if you thought you were man enough to say that to him in person, but since hes on a whole other level than your ignorant ass, i doubt that wonderful opportunity will ever come to fruition. I will however paraphrase the mighty hawk, Hes better at life than you. You should probably look into removing revis’ worthless shit from the tip of your nose, and understand that next time there is fecal matter on aformentioned nose, it will have been Sherman himself that bricked inside the vagina you call a mouth. He can say whatever he pleases, because noone is gunna stop him. Go Hawks, coming for that lombardi!

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