After all, it’s just a first preseason game Thursday night at Denver, even if it comes against the team Seattle beat by 35 points to win Super Bowl XLVIII.
“We don’t think about it,” Sherman said. “Like I said before, we don’t ever think about the outside perception. We go out there and play assignment, sound football.”
That’s not to say the game isn’t important. Even for starters like Sherman who won’t play much, they have specific goals.
“You’re working on technique,’’ Sherman said. “You’re working on discipline and getting better as a team, regardless of who you’re going against. We work on the things we need to work on within the ballgame. If other people look at it differently, then so be it, but it doesn’t matter who we play. The opponent never matters in these situations.”
Coach Pete Carroll has instilled that philosophy in his players, but Carroll realizes some people will view this game with more emotion than they would your average preseason opener.
“It’s a great opportunity to play an incredible football team,” Carroll said about the Broncos. “They are a tremendous football team that has added some great additions to their team. We’re anxious to see what they look like knowing we’re going to see them in the [regular] season. It’s a really cool matchup and I’m sure a lot of people will have a lot of interest in this game.’’
The Seahawks play the Broncos in Seattle on Sept. 21 in the third regular-season game, so getting a look at Denver now could have some benefit a few weeks later.