Richard Sherman was in a talkative mood Wednesday at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center, and he was asked what kind of boxer the Seahawks would be.
“Ali,” Sherman responded with no hesitation, referring to heavyweight great Muhammad Ali.
“Because even when you though Ali was down and out, you thought he was washed up, you thought he was done, he’d come back and knock somebody out that you didn’t expect him to knock out and then get the belt right back,” Sherman continued. “Man, every time you think he’s washed up he comes back, and he never really stopped being confident the entire time. Ali.”
One of Ali’s most famous fights was the Rope-A-Dope championship bout against George Foreman in 1974, in which Ali waited for Foreman to punch himself out. Sherman addressed whether the Seahawks, who are now 7-5 after starting the season 2-4, employed that technique.
“You know what, a little bit of rope a dope, a littler bit of getting your legs under you,” Sherman said.
“You would think people would learn after a while to not count us out,” Sherman added “But fool you once, fool you twice, fool you thrice.”
Meanwhile, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll further addressed the rumors of Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell being a candidate for the vacant head-coaching position at Brigham Young University. Carroll said that wasn’t going to happen.
“I did talk to Tom Holmoe (BYU’s athletic director), who’s an old friend of mine, we worked together with the Niners,” Carroll said. “So we have talked and just to understand, we have a long season going on. They have to go do their job, get ahead and get their decisions made, so Tommy’s going to keep working at it. Darrell would be an awesome choice for them, but he’s not available. He’s going to run with us and do what we’re doing. They have recruiting and all kinds of stuff, so the timing isn’t going to fit for them.”
Carroll went on to say lots of positive things about Bevell, whose offense has been on fire the past three weeks. Bevell has often been a target of fan criticism, including an infamous Facebook rant by Marshawn Lynch’s mom, Delisa, earlier this season.
“Darrell has done a great job,” Carroll said. “With Tom [Cable], as those guys work with their staff to put the plans together, they continue to come up with stuff that’s fitting us now and putting us in position to have really good outputs. I love Darrell as a play caller. He knows how to allow us to be a physical running football team and still be explosive in the passing game. Look at the percentage of explosive passes that we have. Check out what that is (Seattle is tied for sixth in the NFL in pass plays of 20 yards or more, despite having the fewest pass attempts in the league). That’s an indication that when we decide to throw we’re making things happen. He’s been consistently that. Talk otherwise and all the stuff and all that, I think he’s a terrific caller. I love the way he calls games.”