Jun 17, 2014; Renton, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) rests on the sideline during a minicamp scrimmage at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Seahawks News: Richard Sherman Versus Andre Reed


Andre Reed does not believe that Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman could have covered him. So now we have old-time veterans trying to chip away at Sherman’s reputation.

Nice.

Look, I get it. These theoretical discussions can be fun, particularly when you are sitting around with your boys, solving all the problems of the world while sitting in your garage.

Here’s the problem with these comparisons. There are no winners. None.

Do you know whether Sherman could have covered Reed? Neither do I. In fact, no one does.

How would you compare? Stats? Speed? Physicality? Good luck with that.

The game has changed. The rules have changed. The players have changed. End of story. The only way these two will ever line up is in Madden.

Was Andre Reed a great receiver? Yes. Is Richard Sherman a great corner? Yes. Congratulations, we agree on something.

Now, some are going to suggest that Reed just gave an honest answer to a question. Fair enough. However, it might have been better to say, “I don’t know.” I suppose that football players always have to maintain the swagger, even when their playing days are done. Like fish stories, the accomplishments on the field get more legendary as the years go by.

Some of this is about the media’s current fascination with Sherman. His every comment and action are being analyzed this summer, as he basks in the afterglow of the Super Bowl victory.

Sherman has been critiqued for playing in a “system,” and some believe that he benefits from a talented supporting cast. Of course he does…and? Just because his teammates are good does not mean that he is not.

Is he brash? Of course. Is he obnoxious? To some, probably. However, he also seems to be a pretty upstanding citizen. Which would you rather have when it comes to sports stars? A mild-mannered guy who can’t stay out of jail? Or a big-talking personality that actually contributes to his community?

How about we leave Mr. Sherman alone and let him get back to work. The season is coming soon…mercifully.

Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure Kenny Easley would have destroyed Michael Crabtree….sorry, got caught up in the moment.

Tags: Andre Reed Richard Sherman Seattle Seahawks

  • Hatehatehate

    You’re a pretty Kenny Easley? Don’t flatter yourself… Does anyone proof read anymore? Read it in reverse if it helps… Goodness.

    Personally, and as a hawks fan, I think homer defense of Sherman is more annoying than anything Sherman says. You’re only adding fuel to the fire. The dude speaks the truth, stop defending him, he doesn’t need it.

    “Fair enough. However, it might have been better to say, “I don’t know.” I suppose that football players always have to maintain the swagger, even when their playing days are done. Like fish stories, the accomplishments on the field get more legendary as the years go by.”

    Is this that paragraph a joke? Just stop… What’s your point? Everything everyone ever said could be said better in hindsight? Thanks for the insight Socrates.

    Go Hawks.

    • Todd Pheifer

      Thank you for your comments, Hatehatehate. I wouldn’t call this a homer defense of Richard Sherman, but if that is how it came across, you are certainly entitled to your perspective.

      As for my point in the paragraph that you quoted, my argument is that in sports it seems that history is often seen as superior to the current day in certain areas. For example, football players have suggested that the game was tougher in the past and that certain modern conveniences and rule changes have made it a softer game.

      In addition, I don’t think it is unusual for people to romanticize certain elements of their past, particularly their accomplishments. Reed can very safely make this assertion about Sherman because there is no way to prove othewise.

      I appreciate the dialogue, Hatehatehate. I hope that you comment in the future.

  • Hatehatehate

    In all fairness I really liked your thoughts on the Mariners potentially standing pat a the trade deadline. All good points, Ackley aside. Only half kidding. Great read nonetheless. I should have posted positive comments there before hating on this.

    Imagine what Bavasi would have done in this position. Our top prospects would have been traded for an aging, expensive rental righty bat 2 weeks ago.

    Great day to be at the ballpark today. Jones was out signing autographs early. He made a couple of rounds during warm ups. Gave away more than a few sets of batting gloves to some kids in the front. Class-act dude.

  • http://seattleteamgear.com/ K Brown

    I agree with everything you said, good read.