Richard Sherman, in the midst of his post-game trashing of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, called out pundits at the NFL Network.
It was a good week for the Seattle Seahawks second-year cornerback to make waves, as his team is set to face off against the San Francisco 49ers in an NFC West showdown on “Thursday Night Football.”
On Tuesday’s edition of “NFL AM,” Sherman clarified just what motivated his comments against NFL Network.
“It was the guys in the ‘Contenders and Pretenders’ segment that called us pretenders,” Sherman said. “Anytime you’re a team that works hard and tries to show up every week and plays hard and battle you never want to be called a pretender. That kind of frustrated us.”
It’s understandable for a defense that now has beaten four of the most ballyhooed quarterbacks in the NFL — Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo, Cam Newton and Brady — would be frustrated with being questioned.
However, pundits are paid for their opinions, regardless of how inflammatory or incorrect.
There shouldn’t be any question the Seahawks possess one of the most physically dominant defenses in NFL. The Seattle secondary, led by Earl Thomas, Brandon Browner, Kam Chancellor and Sherman, is long, athletic and physical at the point of attack.
From Sherman’s perspective the Seahawks are being disregarded not because of how they play, but where they play.
“I think we have a great team out here in Seattle and I think we play some good football,” he said. “We play a physical brand of football. And I think it goes ignored and we never get any notoriety because they say we’re in the Pacific Northwest and who cares about Seattle, but I mean if you are playing good football I don’t think it should matters where you play it.”