Sherman boasts with no class or sportsmanship. He has a loud mouth and ego from attending Stanford. Being halfway well spoken and properly educated means nothing when you act like such an idiot on national TV and there are much smarter players in the NFL but his intelligence is a big part of his game. He's studying the game constantly. He's "passionate", I'll give him that but he's fitting right into the 'heel' role, like the old WWF/WWE wrestling cliche. Or Bill Romanowski! I'm sure Bill could back up his tacky trash talk though. More players need to punch him in the mouth and QB's need to target him non stop until he's exposed. I'm hoping he's exposed this season as teams figure out speed is his weakness and also WR's like Stevie Johnson who have leeway to improvise routes making it hard for Sherman/Revis like backs to prepare for. They're so good because they have natural ability but they also spend an absurd/above average amount of time watching tape preparing for games. Take that preparation edge away and they become average or slightly above average cornerbacks. Still good but not shutdown corners.
The league will basically try to replicate Ty Hilton and Stevie Johnson's success. Combine the two, above average speed and improvised routes and I think we'll see Sherman's glory days fade away. Speed shouldn't be too hard to come by but route running skills such as Johnson's may be a more rare commodity. I mean, look what Pete is doing with his WR core. He knows smaller speedy guys have success against his secondary so he went out and picked up Harvin and drafted Richardson as the NFL is copying Seattle's secondary formula. Arizona just rafted John Brown and brought in Ginn (not sure how speedy Ginn is these days). The Rams have Tavon Austin who should be better this season after more experience. The Niners, as we know brought Stevie in...if the NFC west has success against Seattle's secondary this season Sherman's mouth will stop moving so much. I look forward to seeing him quiet and despondent on the sideline.
[ Edited by Phil on Jul 10, 2014 at 9:41 AM ]