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Focus on: Richard Sherman
Richard Sherman should be flagged for excessive fun. And it was only Thursday.
The Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback should be on edge this week because of all the things the San Francisco 49ers can throw at him and his defensive teammates in Sunday night’s nationally televised home opener at CenturyLink Field.
Instead, Sherman continues to look at the game – and life in general – from his cutting-edge perch.
After smiling, laughing and cajoling his way through a Q&A session with the media in the auditorium at Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Thursday, Sherman took his act to the Indoor Practice Facility – where he swatted away passes, danced while on the sideline and encouraged the backup defensive backs for their efforts against the Seahawks’ offense.
All in a day’s fun for Sherman.
Asked to compare and contrast the styles of Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, who he played for at Stanford, Sherman offered: “I think they are two different sides of the sphere. Pete is energetic, hyper, fun; positive, positive, positive, positive guy. And Jim is more of a stern it’s-going-to-be-this-way – he’s an old-school coach. The Bear Bryants and all those guys that teach discipline and hard-nose football, I think that’s more the mold he’s cut from. So they’re just cut from two different molds.”
Asked to rate the biceps-kissing touchdown celebration of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Sherman said: “It’s original. You’ve got to say that. But there’s not a lot of movement into it. Jerry Rice used to spike it and then do the Cabbage Patch; Victor Cruz has the salsa. I like the biceps kiss, though. If we were rating the Top 10, I’d put him maybe 10, the backend of Top 10. But if he put something with it, if he did the biceps kiss and then put some extra on it, then he’d move up.”
Asked about looking forward to making up Anquan Boldin, the 49ers’ physical wide receiver who caught 13 passes for 208 yards in San Francisco’s season-opening victory over the Green Bay Packers, Sherman said: “I look forward to every game, to tell you the truth. Every opportunity to get out there, to be physical and to play the game we love. But just a guy like that who’s had an illustrious career and is having a great year right now, it’s a fun matchup for us.”
In the Seahawks’ 42-13 victory over the 49ers at CenturyLink Field in December, Sherman returned a blocked field goal 90 yards for a touchdown and also intercepted a Kaepernick pass – on Harbaugh’s 49th birthday. Sunday is Carroll’s 62nd birthday.
Does he plan to score one for Carroll? “That’s always the plan. You always plan on getting a touchdown,” Sherman said. “But I can’t be disappointed if I don’t get one. I just have to not let them get one. That’ll be the better choice. That’s something I can try to work on.”