Richard Sherman? Yeah, he talks a lot. (Getty Images)
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman's feud with New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis yesterday was all over the news, and Sherman went on the NFL Network's NFL AM program on Thursday morning to explain his side of things. After he compared his stats to Revis', and Revis balked at the prospect, things got a little heated.
"I never seen a man before run his mouth so much like girl," Revis Tweeted on Wednesday. "This dude just steady putting my name in his mouth to get notoriety @rsherman_25."
"Sometimes the truth needs to be told," Sherman responded. "Tired of the noise lol. Btw I am near the least targeted corner in the League. So keep the excuses."
Sherman expounded on the roots of the dispute the next day.
"He came off disrespectful, so words needed to be said," Sherman recalled of Revis' alleged Twitter smack. "Apparently, he is going to disrespect my game. I don't know what he has done - stats wise - to earn the right to talk down to people. He has never had more than six [interceptions] in a season, so let's quiet down."
Sherman, who walks the earth with a chip on his shoulder, wasn't going to let it slide.
"I am not going to let no dude talk like a little girl and just walk freely. I am going to quiet him down the best way I know how ... It is about respect. You are not going to let a guy run his mouth, I am not that kind of person [to] let a guy say bold statements and let them ride. It is not who I am and who I am not going to be."
Sherman said that he had "no ill will towards him at all" until Revis upped the ante. "We were having a casual conversation, I didn't say anything disrespectful. He didn't play this year, so it was a truthful statement, and he took it the wrong way and went there, so I had to shoot back."
When asked who the better cornerback is at this point in time, Sherman made his position clear -- he's the guy.
"Impact - in terms of making plays - force fumbles, picks, sacks, changing the game. Shutting down a side of the field changes the game to a point - I do it from time to time - but you don't make the same kind of impact that you do when you have [interceptions], forced fumbles, and create turnovers."
But what about the idea that Revis has fewer opportunities to do so because he doesn't have as many targets?
"If you really check the stats, there is nobody that quarterbacks don't throw at. When you get 17, 24, 29 pass defenses in a season, they have thrown at you, you just haven't picked the ball off."
And why would Sherman take the social media path, instead of waiting for an opportunity to discuss it on the field?
"That is where [Revis] put it. Wherever the forum was that he was going to play this little game, I was going to step into it. The play on the field does speak for itself but when there is a situation that is conflict then the forum is going to be what it is. It just happened to be Twitter this time."
Seattle general manager John Schneider. of course, stuck up for his guy in the argument when he was asked about Sherman's combative personality.
"Yeah, Richard was just on TV," Schneider said from one of the podiums at the scouting combine on Thursday. "We know Richard, and to us, it's not a really big deal. It's what makes him who he is. It's one of the things that made us fall in love with him, and it gives him the confidence to play the way he plays. He feels that he's the best cornerback in the league, and God bless him."
Revis doesn't seem to have that feeling.
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