By John Boyle
Earlier this week, Richard Sherman was asked what he wants to improve on in 2014. One area, he said, is “not getting bored in ball games.”
Asked if he expected that to be an issue this year, Sherman said, “No, I hope not. I hope I get a lot of action. Hopefully teams come at me all the time. It’s fun, it makes the game very fun for both teams. I don’t expect any of that though.”
Well, if Thursday’s game is any indication, Sherman might be bored more often this year. Despite the fact that Aaron Rodgers attempted 33 passes Thursday, not a single one went towards a receiver being covered by Sherman. In other words, receiver Doug Baldwin and tight end Zach Miller broke up more passes (OK, so technically that’s not a stat for offensive players) than Sherman when they prevented what looked like sure interceptions.
But don’t confuse Sherman’s quiet night for a wasted one. The All-Pro corner had an impact even if he didn’t show up on the stat sheet according to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.
“That’s obviously a real statement,” Carroll said of Sherman’s zero targets. “I talked to Richard in the locker room about it, and he was kind of disappointed he wasn’t able to helps us more, but he helped us immensely by the fact that he cut the field in half. That was their choice and that’s just the way they went with it. If that’s the way it is, that’s the way it is. I’ll help him through it. We talked about it, and he’ll be good about it, but they certainly did put the ball on the other side of the field.”