Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman went on NFL Total Access last night, where he was asked about the man who served as head coach when Sherman played for the Stanford Cardinal.
On his current relationship with his former college coach and current San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh:
“I don’t have a relationship with him. I don’t try to go any route with him. I don’t deal with him; he is not my coach. So I deal with what is going on in Seattle and I keep it there. I think his comments are what they are. We are going to be the bigger team, the bigger players.”
We could take this one of two ways. Seahawks fans would probably want us to believe that Sherman is using the word “bigger” to mean “classier.” However, 49ers fans are likely to take Sherman’s quote literally. As in, if an NFL team gets caught for using performance-enhancing drugs as often as the Seahawks do, there are probably several players in Seattle with testosterone and anabolic steroids coursing their their veins like Class 5 rapids who haven’t been caught.
In all seriousness, the Sherman/Harbaugh story is an interesting one. Sherman was a Pac-10 All-Freshman receiver for the Cardinal in 2006, the year before Harbaugh came to The Farm. Sherman remained at receiver in his sophomore year, and caught 73 passes for 1,232 yards and seven touchdowns in his first two seasons. Harbaugh also suspended Sherman for a game in 2007 for yelling at teammates during a loss to the Washington Huskies. After taking a medical redshirt in 2008 due to a knee injury, Sherman was transitioned to cornerback. Both Sherman and Harbaugh jumped from Stanford to the NFL in 2011, with Sherman going in the fifth round to Pete Carroll’s Seahawks.
That Sherman so easily transitioned from one side of the ball to the other might explain his confident nature, which probably does more than merely border on arrogance. When the positional switch occurred during spring practice in 2009, Harbaugh said, “We have done some experimentation. Sherman had a bunch of tackles tonight and played well on both sides of the ball. We are trying to get our best players on the field as much as possible and add depth as well.”
Sherman may have refused to say anything about Harbaugh or his comments relating to Seattle’s recent run of PED suspensions, but last year he responded to Harbaugh’s assertion that Sherman and teammate Brandon Browner were too physical with 49ers receivers during San Francisco’s 13-6 win at Candlestick Park. “Sometimes, man, when the bully gets bullied, that’s how that happens,” Sherman said.