Sherman on Kaepernick’s INT in NFC title game: ‘You would think he would learn’
Heading into the 2014 NFL season, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman clearly has no intention to stop ratcheting up the antipathy that exists between his squad and divisional rival San Francisco 49ers.
The latest inflammatory comments to emanate from Sherman’s smack-talking mouth came to light in advance of the premiere of NFL Films’ “America’s Game,” an annual documentary that chronicles the previous season’s Super Bowl winner’s ascension to championship glory.
The documentary, set to premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 8 ET on NFL Network, features commentary from head coach Pete Carroll, quarterback Russell Wilson, among others, as various luminaries discuss Seattle’s 2013 championship season.
Of course and not surprisingly, the most attention-grabbing commentary came from Sherman.
The brash and outspoken cornerback saved his most pointed comments for Colin Kaepernick, in particular the 49ers quarterback’s critical interception in crunch time during last season’s NFC Championship Game.
Sherman’s tip in the end zone on an attempted touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree was ultimately intercepted by Malcolm Smith, a play that sealed Seattle’s win and punched the team’s ticket to Super Bowl XLVIII.
“(Kaepernick) thought that was gonna be a touchdown, too,” Sherman says in the doc, as quoted in a USA Today report. “That would have been his third touchdown in three years against the Seattle Seahawks. So that would have been a feat.”
But Sherman wasn’t finished, not only making a comment about Kaepernick’s struggles when playing the Seahawks, but also how the Niners quarterback couldn’t convert on a similar play on an ever bigger stage the previous season.
“But it was his seventh interception against the Seattle Seahawks. And once again, at the end of the game — trying to throw a fade to Crabtree — it’s like, two years in a row, your season ends the same way. You would think he would learn.”
Sherman is referencing how the 49ers tried and failed to convert from the 5-yard line three times in Super Bowl XLVII on fade routes to Crabtree. Kaepernick overthrew Crabtree on 4th down with less than two minutes remaining in the game. The Ravens took over on downs, took an intentional safety and held on to win 34-31.
Ouch. That’s some serious smack talk. In essence, Sherman is telling Kaepernick to stop throwing it to Crabtree in crunch time, again taking yet another shot at the Niners wideout, a person he says he still doesn’t like very much.
Sherman was quoted recently saying that he laments how he now suffers from a severe lack of privacy in his personal life as a result of his rapid rise to fame and notoriety. It seems that his willingness to draw even more attention to himself makes things in that regard that much more difficult.
Still, Sherman’s comments certainly provide for interesting fodder heading into at least two games between the team’s this coming season. And really, isn’t that what fans crave in the first place?