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The Art Of Trash Talking By Richard Sherman

by Marco Benatoff
Jul 01, 2013 7:08 PM EDT



There is more hype around the Seahawks being serious contenders for the NFL title than ever before. Justified by a roster filled with young, but experienced players, and a secondary hungry for a chance to win the Super Bowl, this team definitely has what it takes to go all the way.

Coach Pete Carroll wanted a secondary able to pressure quarterbacks and receivers. The plan has worked to date. The Seahawks ended the regular season ranked fourth in total yards allowed per game (306.2). The four starters — Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Brandon BrownerKam Chancellor — have all been Pro Bowlers or All-Pro picks in the past two seasons.

Sherman, the charismatic leader of this defense, is one of the best players in his position. The 25-year-old cornerback exploded last year, finishing with eight interceptions and a league-high 24 pass breakups. Sherman provides the defense with a mix of skill and toughness, setting a positive example — at least on the field — for the rest of the team. Sherman’s very physical play, backed up by an ability to read offensive plays and maneuver off-the-zone and in man-to-man, makes him one of the top three cornerbacks in the NFL. At 6-foot-3, with long-arm range, he can contest jump balls and back-shoulder throws better than anybody else. Unlike other corners, he is an example of aggressiveness at the line of scrimmage, which helps set the pace for the rest of the play.

Sherman also gained a lot of notoriety from his controversial trash talking on- and off-the-field. His verbal clashes with Tom Brady after the Seahawks win and the ‘Twitter war’ with Darrelle Revis come to mind. He is a character of his own when it comes to speaking to opponents and his own teammates.

“I’ll do anything for a win,” he said in an interview with NFL-TV. "If I have to get under their skin or if I have to turn myself up a little, I’ll do it."

Trash talking is a true talent. It is something many players use as a way of getting in an opponent's head, and it ramps up confidence. Sherman sure has lots to say, but it’s all justified by his constant production and performance when the ball is being played. Likewise, if his play doesn't back it up, then he needs to shut up. That being said, Sherman has the potential to be one of the best cornerbacks in Seattle’s franchise history. The talent is there.