With less and less to write about, people are re-hashing that Richard Sherman has said bad words to the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson. Training camp cannot start soon enough.
In an interview with ESPN’s Josina Anderson that aired on Sunday, Sherman confirmed he has used harsh words towards Wilson on the Seattle Seahawks practice field. Sherman said in a 2014 practice that he told Wilson, “You (expletive) suck!” This is not news. Sherman was just repeating what he has said previously.
Sherman also said he thought Wilson was “professional.” Clearly, the cornerback does not dislike the quarterback. Also, does it matter if he did?
This is really the issue for the Seahawks news over the last few months: there is a lot of talk about what is said in the Seattle locker room and, in essence, who cares? Lots of successful teams have not gotten along. Some have outwardly disdained one another. This does not seem to be the case with the Seahawks. Simply because one important player has said not-family-friendly words to another on the practice field does not mean that the team suddenly goes from ten wins to five.
The current group of Seahawks is an outspoken bunch. First of all, this is a good thing. At least when the Seattle players talk about how they feel you know what they are thinking. Secondly, at no point has a current Seahawks player said, “I don’t like this other guy.” That is what many articles about the Seahawks would make one think, though; that the Seahawks do not care for one another.
Real life Sherman
Sherman may prefer to have dinner with friend and fellow Stanford graduate Doug Baldwin. Because he likes Baldwin does not mean he dislikes Wilson.
Professional athletes say many things on the practice field and even in games. These people are young and competitive and do physically demanding things. Many times what is said while playing their sport is not meant to be a personal critique but to motivate.
Is it not time to move on to football matters and less the he-said-he-said nonsense? The Seahawks will be just as good if no one talks versus if everyone speaks.