Thursday, September 19, 2013
Sherman: No letdown coming for Seahawks
By Terry Blount
RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman sure doesn't look like he's headed for a letdown on Sunday.
For the record, Sherman agreed with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick saying Wednesday that the Seahawks, “get away with a lot of things on defense.”
“We got away with three picks and two fumbles, so five turnovers," Sherman said. “We got away with a 29-3 victory it looked like.”
Sherman was his usual talkative self Thursday with the media. He may be the only defensive back in the league that gets quarterback treatment by addressing reporters from a podium each week.
He comes in the auditorium at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center immediately after quarterback Russell Wilson has his weekly news conference.
On Wednesday in the locker room, Sherman just shook his head and laughed when he heard the question he knew was coming:
“How do you avoid a letdown this week?”
Coming off the emotional win over the 49ers, it would be easy to look past the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars (19 1/2-point underdogs) to the game in Houston next week against the Texans.
Sherman said that thought seems ridiculous.
“It does, because of how we approach things," he said Thursday. “We give each opponent every bit of respect you can. We don’t look past anyone. Today is Turnover Thursday. We focus on this day. That's how we do things."
Coach Pete Carroll has a philosophy of each game being a championship opportunity.
“Pete has done a good job of preaching that mindset and instilling it in us,” Sherman said.
Carroll said it’s all about keeping a consistent theme.
“The message stays exactly the same,” Carroll said. “The message is for us is to be disciplined about the way that we prepare. It isn’t about who we are playing. The highly-hyped game [against the 49ers] is long gone.”
Wilson admits last week was big in a matchup between division rivals and two of the top teams in the NFL, but this game needs to be just as meaningful.
“Playing the 49ers means everybody brings a sense of energy,” Wilson said. “The players do, the coaches do, the fans do. This one [the Jacksonville game] isn’t the NFC West, so we have to make sure we’re ready to go. This team plays in the National Football League, too, so we have to make sure our mindset is right and this is a championship week, which it is.”
Carroll said he has emphasized the importance of the game, not the opponent, since he first arrived.
“For four years now, it’s getting these guys convinced of how powerful that is," Carroll said, “and how that gives you, in my opinion, the best opportunity to be highly consistent.
“We do not want our play to vary based on who we are playing. We want to play the very best every time out. That’s why we talk championship games. This game could be the one that makes the difference when you look back at the schedule. We are going to take this as the biggest opportunity we could ever have and go for it with everything we have and see what happens."