Do the Seattle Seahawks Need to Tone Down Richard Sherman?

Zach KruseSenior Analyst IMarch 8, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 06:   Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates their 24 to 14 win over the Washington Redskins in the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at FedExField on January 6, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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As long as Richard Sherman continues to be an All-Pro on the field, the Seattle Seahawks should have no reason to tone down the multitude of things he's grown famous for saying off it. 

The always-confident Sherman certainly added to his polarizing reputation Thursday. 

Appearing as a guest on ESPN's much-maligned debate show First Take, Sherman used the stage to embark on an abusive takedown of host Skip Bayless.

Via USA Today:

Whenever you refer to me, whenever you speak to me, whenever you address me, address me as All-Pro Stanford graduate beacuse those are some accomplishments you will aspire to but never accomplish. You have never accomplished anything.

Bayless attempted to defend his own (non-existant) credibility, but Sherman wasn't done with the attack. 

I am intelligent enough and capable enough to understand that you are ignorant, pompous, egotistical cretin, and that's what it comes down to...I'm at the top of my field...In my 24 years old life, I'm better at life than you.

The rant was impressive in idea but lacking in execution. While most in the sporting world would love to get the kind of shot at Bayless Sherman was granted, the entire episode came off as forced, sloppy and, for lack of a better phrase, utterly rude. 

That said, Sherman is no stranger to this kind of public display. 

Following a Seahawks win in October, Sherman was clearly unafraid of taking aim at New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The resulting aftershocks finally introduced the cornerback to the world outside the NFL

At the Super Bowl in New Orleans, Sherman took to Bourbon Street to find out who NFL fans really thought was the better player between himself and Darrelle Revis. It was a playful and charismatic prank that Sherman did very well with. 

Even recently, the growing feud between Sherman and Revis has spilled out to social media, where the top All-Pros waged a Twitter war over who was the better player. As you'd expect, it was Sherman who was mostly the aggressor.  

The brash and dauntless Sherman continues to rub some people the wrong way, and he's quickly become one of the game's more polarizing players because of it. 

Still, the Seahawks shouldn't care as long as Sherman continues playing at the elite level he has over the last two seasons. Minor distractions off the field are an easy trade-off for Sherman's worth on it. 

Since 2011, there simply hasn't been a better cornerback in the NFL.

Over the last two seasons, Sherman has intercepted 12 passes, defended 41 more and forced four fumbles—numbers he'll tell you make him the game's best. 

But even more advanced metrics point to Sherman's stranglehold over the position. 

According to Pro Football Focus, no cornerback graded out higher in 2012 (including postseason games) than Sherman, and his coverage grade of plus-29.3 represented a mark over 10 points higher than the next best cornerback. 

The Seahawks will only have a problem with Sherman's off-field antics if his play on the field doesn't walk the walk.

Given the product he's produced over the last two seasons and his confidence in those performances, the Seahawks likely don't have anything to worry about.