Everyone loves a great revenge game, the idea of a player or a team getting sweet vengeance after getting burned is so tantalizing to the fans that it can seem so much bigger than just a game. This Sunday Seattle fans will have to decide on how they will welcome their former star corner back, Richard Sherman, back to Century Link Field for the first time as a 49er. After Richard Sherman’s comments about Russell Wilson this week, fans are fired up to see the former teammate super stars battle it out. When asked what caliber of player he viewed Wilson as, Sherman referenced the single worst game of Russell’s career where he threw five interceptions against the Green Bay Packers. At first glance this just looks like sour grapes, but there has been one sided tension between these two for years. There have been reports popping up ever since Seattle’s devastating loss in Super Bowl Forty-Nine, that Sherman was never able to forgive Wilson for his game sealing interception on the goal line. It also isn’t surprising to hear the things Sherman is saying about Wilson because they were never close as teammates, with Richard being quoted saying he felt, Seahawks head coach, Pete Carroll favored Wilson and gave him special treatment compared to other players. Sherman is right, of course, because that is what coaches are supposed to do with quarterbacks, they live at the top of the food chain! There is no position more important that quarterback in the NFL, something that Sherman has obliviously never agreed with, especially in terms of pay scale. Despite all these comments coming from Sherman, with nothing but complements coming back from Seattle mind you, fans should not make their judgement on how to welcome Sherman based on these words, they should boo him for multiple things in addition to his pompous yammering.
When Sherman was in Seattle, he was an amazing corner with some of the best cover ability in the league to go along with a tremendous intellect, the guy did go to Stanford after all. But he was a fire cracker ready to fly off the wall and start verbally abusing teammates with ridiculous screaming fits on the sideline every time he or someone else on the defense missed an assignment. He talked trash on every play and in victory he rubbed it in the opposing team’s face with obvious instances being Crabtree after the NFC championship game, Brady in the ‘you mad bro’ incident, and multiple other post game altercations. He is a selfish player who thought he knew what was best for the entire team even on the offensive side of the ball. In December 2016, Richard decided he would confront Seattle’s then offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, and get into a screaming match during the game because he did not agree with Bevell’s play calling in the red zone. After that incident, when Sherman was asked by a reporter why he felt he had a better handle on offensive play calling than his coaches, Richard responded by belittling the reporter and threatened to ruin their career. Unfortunately for Richard though, that reporter was Jim Moore, a prominent ESPN reporter in the Seattle area and not a smaller character for him to bully and get out of taking responsibility for his behavior.
There was just one incident after another of Sherman blowing his top and being a divisive distraction in the locker room and it just became too much this past off season for Seattle to hold onto mine at his price tag. For those of you with a special place in your heart for Richard and wouldn’t dream of saying a word against the guy, you need to take a lesson from Baker Mayfield and Hue Jackson. Hue had the entire league to choose from when the Browns let him go and he picked a division rival who Cleveland plays twice a year, and Baker noticed that and took it to heart. Sherman was cut at at the beginning of free agency and had the most possible time to find a team and he had multiple offers, but he chose to go to San Francisco so he could play the hawks twice a year and try and get his revenge. At this moment he has no soft spot for Seattle and he should receive a welcome that matches the hostility that he displayed toward the Seahawks this week and while he was here.