Richard Sherman on Seahawks defense: ‘It’s on us’ for success
The Seattle Seahawks sit at 1-1 and Sunday’s 12-9 victory over the San Francisco 49ers is almost entirely thanks to the outstanding play of the defense. The offense, on the other hand, has continued the struggles in 2017 that plagued last year’s campaign. And Richard Sherman put it plainly by suggesting the prospects for team success lies with the defense.
The fiery cornerback did not entirely throw the Seahawks offense under the bus, however. Instead, he argued the Seahawks dominant defense should feel an obligation to perform at a high level and win games.
“We’ve got a lot of highly paid guys on our side of the ball, a lot of guys who played the game at a high level. And there’s a certain standard that’s expected,” Sherman said, via the Tacoma News Tribune. “We expect it from ourselves. We expect that, regardless of what happens on the other side of the ball. At the end of the day, it’s really on us.”
The Seahawks offense continues to be a work in progress, and that’s putting it nicely. Seattle ranks 26th in total offense (268.5 yards/game) and 29th in passing (158.0 yards/game) as Russell Wilson continues to run for his life behind a ramshackle offensive line.
The much-maligned O-line unit is faring a bit better in the running game, ranking 13th overall (110.5 yards/game). But the team needs Wilson to have time behind the line of scrimmage to work his magic in the passing game if there’s any hope for the the unit to return to form of their Super Bowl years.
Sherman has never been afraid to make his opinions known about Seattle’s offense, going back to Wilson’s ill-fated goal-line pick in Super Bowl XLIX that sealed the team’s loss to the New England Patriots and continuing into last season. It would seem Sherman is at least pulling his punches somewhat early on this season.
But for now, Sherman is arguably correct in his assessment that defense is going to have to win games while the offense figures things it out. Although it’s uncertain if that eventuality will ever come to fruition.