Sights, sounds and one last look at Richard Sherman

The Seattle Seahawks (7-5) took care of business on Sunday with 43 to 16 win over the San Francisco(2-10) 49ers. The Seahawks not only extended their win streak to a season best three games, the team kept its post season hopes alive and in the process closed welcomed an old friend and former temamate Richard  Sherman

Pete Carroll says goodbye to Malcom Smith. ( Cascadiasports.net)
Young  12 pets Seahawk. ( Cascadiasports.net)
Tyler Lockett and Richard Sherman await the snap of the ball. ( Cascadiasports.net)
Two fans marvel at Seahawks game . ( Cascadiasports.net)
Nazir Jones lays the wood on San Francisco quarterback Nick Mullens. (Cascadiasports.net)
Bradley McDougald and Tedric Thompson walk back to defensive huddle. ( Cascadiasports.net)
Bobby Wagner recovers the fumble. ( Cascadiasports.net)
Rick Dunston and friend  cheers on the Seahawks. ( Cascadiasports.net)
Richard Sherman walks with Rashaad Penny

PLAYER QUOTES

CB RICHARD SHERMAN

(On his emotions ahead of this game and his return to Seattle…) “It was just a regular game. It’s just unfortunate we didn’t play as well as we could have. Had too many turnovers, gave up too many plays. That’s football and that’s kind of the way things have gone this season.”

(On what he thought about Baldwin and others reenacting “The Tip” after a Seahawks touchdown…)

I didn’t even see it. I don’t think about it, honestly. They’ve done a bunch of fun celebrations.”

(On his conversations with Baldwin about during and after the game…) 

“They were about the same stuff; family, ‘how’s mom doing?’ his wife, and things like that. Normal conversations that we have throughout the week. How his body is feeling, things like that. Things that you ask a person when you talk all the time.”

(On having not seen Baldwin in some time and if there were any emotions around that…) 

I’m not that emotional of a person when it comes to stuff like that. It wasn’t like he died or anything like that. We’re good friends and you know, obviously we don’t see each other during the season. We’re going to see each other during the off-season, we both live here. So, it was good seeing him, good seeing his face and get to have a conversation.”

(On if it was difficult to prepare for this game like any other game…) 

“No, I’m a ball player. At the end of the day, the field is the same length and everything else is the same, you just go out there and play your game. Try to give your team the best chance to win and unfortunately we didn’t get the win today.”

(On how he thought Russell Wilson played…)

 “He played well. I think he threw for like 160 or 170, so… They’re running game is really effective and they let him get to his spots and kept the game plan simple.”

(On what happened on the play where Jaron Brown scored with Sherman in the area…) 

“He just scrambled around and got us into scramble drill. You know, you have to plaster to them – it’s just one of those plays where he gets out of the pocket and guys start running anywhere they want to.”

(On whether Baldwin said anything to him after he missed the tackle on Baldwin…)

 “No, no that was a fun play. He usually ducks in and ducked out that time. It was pretty funny.”

(On what he was thinking while the Seahawks got out to an early lead…)

 “No, you don’t play well and it doesn’t matter who you’re playing or where you’re playing. If you don’t play well teams are going to take advantage of you; turn the ball over, you drop punts, and things like that, give up special teams plays, the game’s not going to go the way you want it to. We didn’t get turnovers when we needed to, so that’s football.”

(On if he is seeing progress with his team and their performances…)

 “We’re just beat up. You think about the guys we have out there, you know. We lose our number-one receiver, number-two receiver, number-one quarterback, number-two quarterback, number-one running back, you know it just ends up adding up. You lose your starting safety, your lose your backup safety, you lose person after person.

You lose two of your will linebackers and then Malcolm (Smith) is kind of beat up and it’s just guys beat up. But, guys are playing hard and giving us the best chance, Kyle’s (Shanahan) coming up with great game plans and obviously Nick (Mullens) threw for 400 today, so guys are getting yards. We just have to execute in the red zone and on defense we have to find a way to get the ball.”

(On if he and other team veterans are stressing the importance or reps for younger players with so many injuries…) “One hundred percent. Kyle kind of beats it into their head every week, so that’s one of those things where, you know, these are grown men, so they have to be accountable for what they do.”

(On Seattle’s slow start and if their record indicates how good they really are…)

 “Honestly, I haven’t watched them outside of the film that we watched on them and this week they played well today. They played well against Carolina. Obviously, we will see how the rest of the season pans out for them.”

(On what the visitor’s locker room is like…) 

“It’s a little smaller, little smaller. They didn’t leave a lot of space over there for the visitors. Other than that at it feels the same. Standing on the other side didn’t really make a difference to me.”

(On if he bought into any of the media hype from the week…)

 “No, no that’s just for the media. That’s just to sell tickets and get people in the seats. I didn’t buy into any of that. It works! People are in the seats, so that’s the way to sell tickets, but it doesn’t bother me either way, honestly

Doug Baldwin and Malcom Smith  have a chat. ( Cascadiasports.net)

WR DOUG BALDWIN

(On imitating the Sherman tip for a touchdown celebration…)

“That was a tribute to my boy [Richard Sherman]. I know all you guys think that we’re robots and that we’re not humans and that we don’t have emotions, but when you spend so much time with guys and doing what we do, day in and day out, it’s hard.

You spend those hard days with guys that you love. Sherm is obviously one of those guys that has done so much for this organization that we thought it would be nice to give him a tribute and we had an opportunity to do so. I know it was kind of weird, we’re scoring, he’s on the other team, we’re doing the tribute, but that was in our hearts this week.”

(On Richard Sherman being well-received by the team and the fans…)

“It meant a lot to me. I think a lot of times, the relationship between players and fans can get distorted and sometimes I feel like they don’t look at us like human beings, and so in this situation I thought that was a step in the right direction as them seeing him as a human being with him having no control over the situation that happened and him just wanting to play football. And him still having brothers on this team that he cares about and that he loves and obviously vice versa. I was really proud of that. It made me happy and glad that our 12s represented the right way.”

(On building momentum towards the playoffs with a win tonight…)

“It’s huge, especially against this opponent because we knew coming in that this was not a game that we could just accept a win. We knew that they were going to come in and fight and they did that for the majority of the game. For us to get this win at home, knowing that we’re continuously keeping our playoff hopes alive and that we’re in the driver’s seat is a good feeling to have going towards the postseason.”

(On playing against Richard Sherman for the first time…)

“It was fun. It was fun. We got to talk and have a little bit of a conversation during the game, during the timeouts, during the breaks, so it was good to spend some time with him and see him in person again.”

(On the season that Tyler Lockett is having…)

“I told him on the field, I couldn’t be more proud of him. Everything that he’s battled through mentally, spiritually, emotionally and physically coming back from the broken leg, he’s one of a kind. I can’t say enough about him. I get emotional talking about it because I know the process that he went through and what he’s overcome. I love him to death, I’m so happy for him and his success. I told him today, we’ve got to get you 16 touchdowns this year.”

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