Richard Sherman Changes Twitter Handle to Optimus Prime, and More NFC West News

Tyson Langland@TysonNFLNFC West Lead WriterOctober 25, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 18:  Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks looks for directions against the San Francisco 49ers in the first quarter on October 18, 2012 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.  The 49ers won 13-6.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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It appears as if Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is up to his old tricks again. First, it was the Tom Brady "u mad bro" Twitter incident. And now Sherman has changed his name on Twitter to Optimus Prime in preparation for the Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson on Sunday.

Anyone who has watched Transformers knows that Optimus Prime is the leader of the good guys, and Megatron is his enemy. Of course, No. 25 insists the name change is all fun and games. Not to mention, he swears facing Johnson is no different than any other superstar receiver in the league.

Per the Detroit Free Press , he said:

I don’t care who’s out there. It’s the league, boy, they’re going to have a good receiver out there every week, (whether it’s Larry Fitzgerald), Steve Smith, you’ve got Brandon Lloyd. No different. It’s good receivers.

He does have a good point—the NFL has plenty of top-tier wideouts. As Seattle's top cornerback, it's expected that he will cover the opposing team's No. 1 wide receiver. Sherman hasn't yet met a receiver that has gotten the best of him this year.

Pro Football Focus currently has him rated as the fifth-best cornerback in the NFL. Not a bad position to be in considering he's a 24-year-old fifth-round corner out of Stanford.

Even though he was the only starting member of Seattle's secondary not to make it to the Pro Bowl last year, it appears he already has his ticket punched for this year's celebration.

Let's swing around the rest of the NFC West and check out links from other fresh news stories.


Arizona Cardinals

Bob Young of says head coach Ken Whisenhunt is out to conjure up some good voodoo.  

Alvin Cadman of Bleacher Report gives us the Cardinals' four keys to victory on Monday night.  


San Francisco 49ers

Dylan DeSimone of reflects on Eddie DeBartolo's documentary on NFL Network.  

Vincent Frank of Bleacher Report examines the 49ers fans and tells us why they are the best in the NFL. 


St. Louis Rams

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch knows the Rams are enjoying the sights London has to offer, but more than anything, they are focused on business.  

Timothy Rapp of Bleacher Report suggests that Daryl Richardson is slowly stealing Steven Jackson's fantasy value.  


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