The Seattle Seahawks should be proud of their win over the New England Patriots. They were not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but they never gave up and ultimately they won a huge game in front of an appreciative CenturyLink Field crowd.
Now, Richard Sherman is doing some talking on behalf of a defense that came up with some very big plays.
Specifically, Sherman has suggested that the Patriots run a “gimmick” offense, and apparently, he and Tom Brady had an ongoing dialogue throughout the game.
Careful, Richard. Wars of words rarely create a desirable outcome that can be applied to the field of play.
I do like the defense to have confidence, even to the point of playing with “swagger.” This defense definitely believes that it can shut down anyone in the league.
However, there is often a fine line between confidence and cockiness.
Talking is obviously part of the game, but there can be danger when people do more jawing than playing. The energy should be put into the play, not the comments.
Be confident, but be classy.
You do not want to create bulletin board material for another team, particularly when the Hawks are facing the San Francisco 49ers in just a few days. Sherman and the Seahawks do not want to inspire another team to come in and shut them up.
I suppose you could argue that talking is fine as long as you can back it up. The Seahawks did get the win. However, Tom Brady did pass for almost 400 yards. He was able to move up and down the field and keep his offense moving.
Without the late-game heroics of Russell Wilson, Brady and the Pats would be the ones talking about how they were able to carve up the Seattle defense.
Sherman is right when he talked about the inability of the Patriots to get touchdowns in the second half. The defense did step up.
Still, I do not think the Patriots are running a gimmick offense. New England has a ton of talent at the receiver position, and Brady is still a great quarterback.
The Seahawk defense is still young, so you would expect a certain amount of youthful brashness when it comes to playing (and beating) the longtime stars of the league.
All I'm going to say is, be careful when it comes to tweeting and celebrating. Let your play do the talking. There is no need to pile on and insult people.
The Seattle defense is very good, but they are not invincible.