The Elephant in the Locker Room: Richard Sherman’s Very Quiet Season

Hawks-150Yeah, the ‘Hawks are big news. Expectations are high, and everyone’s paying attention… including the national media. But every week it seems like there’s some key issue that’s getting glossed over–some topic that, for one reason or another, is being avoided. It’s the elephant in the locker room, if you will, and gosh darn if I’ll let that ride. Join us on Saturday mornings for a little closer look at our World Champions.

By Greg Wright

U scared, bro?

Let’s just start with highlights from last season, shall we? Not only did the Seahawks win the Super Bowl, they did it in brash, trash-talking style… all season long. And front and center in that three-ring circus was Richard Sherman, providing highlight reels and headline fodder week in and week out.

Yeah. Richard Sherman. Finger-wagging, lip-shushing, crazy-people ear-circling, flamboyant, yawn-mocking, choke-signing, interception machine Richard Sherman.

This guy.

He and the Legion of Boom were rewarded not just with diamond-studded championship rings, but the cover of Madden NFL 15. Sweet.

Where, oh where, has that Richard Sherman gone?

Aside from an occasional comment about how Pierre Garcon doesn’t matter, Sherman has gone awfully quiet… on and off the field. Even his response to being “exposed” by the Chargers’ receivers was tame, and aside from his lone 2014 interception against Oakland (yes, Oakland… talk about yawn-inducing) I’m not really sure what you’d put in a Sherman highlight reel for this season.

Where’s the finger-wagging now, Richard?

Instead, this is what we get after a loss in Kansas City:

Isn’t that sweet? A mutual admiration society.

Conventional wisdom has it that this is what happens after a player “makes it.” The chip falls off the shoulder, a big contract gets signed, endorsement deals roll in the door… and said star gets, well, downright nice and pleasant.

I don’t think that’s it. I don’t think that’s it at all. I don’t think that success has spoiled Richard Sherman.

Here’s another way to read it, in light of what Earl Thomas had to say about Jason Witten on Twitter after the loss to the Cowboys:

“He waited til the last kneel-down to open his mouth. … that just showed me who he is as a front-runner.”

What Thomas was getting at is this: if you’re going to talk, talk before the game and then back it up. Talking big after you’ve won a game you didn’t expect to win is the same as being a fair-weather fan. It’s far braver to talk big and then have to back it up.

And wasn’t that exactly what the LOB did last season? They didn’t just talk a good game, before the game, they played a good game as well. All 16 of them, plus a fantastic run in the post-season.

So why isn’t Sherman talking this season?

Because he knows something. Something we don’t really want to talk about.

He knows the LOB can’t back up the chatter.

Coming into week 12 of the season and what is probably a make-or-break game for this year’s campaign, Richard Sherman’s quietness is probably the most concerning factor. The team’s success hinges on the D, and Sherman has his doubts.

U scared, bro?

I am.


2 Responses to “The Elephant in the Locker Room: Richard Sherman’s Very Quiet Season”
  1. Greg Wright says:

    Oh, how I love to be proven wrong.

    • Greg Wright says:

      From Michael Silver at after the win today:

      “‘I think we found our mojo,’ linebacker Bruce Irvin said. ‘We got our swag back today. Last year guys were loose and talking smack. Last week (in a 24-20 defeat at Kansas City) our huddle was so quiet, you could hear a needle drop. Today we were talking smack, dapping each other up, and it seemed a lot like last year.’

      “Last year, the Seahawks were hungry for the first championship in franchise history. This year, in the wake of that success, there has been a sense internally that some have enjoyed the spoils — and basked in the glory — more than others.”

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