Richard Sherman had a little bit of fun yesterday talking about the Raiders and rookie quarterback Derek Carr; they will be in Seattle for Sunday’s 1:25 p.m. game at CenturyLink Field.
Carr won Oakland’s starting job by shredding the Seahawks’ first- and second-team defenses Aug. 28 in the exhibition finale at the Oakland Coliseum. A backup to former Houston starter Matt Schaub at the time, the second-round draft choice from Fresno State completed 11 of 13 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns while playing the first quarter and one drive of the second period.
As Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said yesterday: “He tore us up. Came in boldly, and they didn’t just kind of dink it around; they showed that they had some belief that he could be a down-the-field guy.”
“He’s not afraid to take shots. He’s a gunslinger,” Sherman said.
I asked the All-Pro cornerback yesterday if he was surprised that Carr went right at him and the NFL’s top pass defense last season — Seattle’s 28 interceptions led the league — in what was his first pro start.
“I’m not really surprised, at all. I mean, he doesn’t know any better,” Sherman said with a smile you can see on the video above.
Sherman said he expects Carr and Oakland to throw the ball down the field at him and his defensive secondary again Sunday.
“They’ve got nothing to lose — obviously,” Sherman said of the winless Raiders.
He seemed to wait for another laugh on that one.
–Here is my story that ran in today’s News Tribune on how wowed the Seahawks players and coaches say they still are over the visit to team headquarters Tuesday of the Marysville-Pilchuck High School football team. The Tomahawks practiced at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Tuesday, four days after the shooting in that school’s cafeteria killed three students and seriously wounded two others.
“It brought me joy,” Sherman said. “It brings you joy to see yourself being able to change someone’s day like that, to bring a smile to somebody’s day who has obviously been frowning and crying and having a lot of sadness. Just to be able to change the momentum of their day for a little bit, to make them smile, to make them happy, to bring them a little bit of joy.”
“It was incredibly unique. You can never picture yourself in that position. You can sympathize with them to a degree, but you’ve never been in their shoes,” Sherman said. “So at that point, you just want to do anything you can to help them forget about that moment, to help them kind of live in the present, live in this moment and experience a little joy — whatever you can do to help them feel a little bit of joy and to just zone out for a minute. Because when you have a tragedy like that, you want to do anything to get your mind off of it.”
By Gregg Bell | thenewstribune.com | October 30, 2014