We all remember the post game interview by Richard Sherman after the NFC Championship game that echoed throughout the sport's world. Sherman made a spectacular deflection on a throw by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick that led to the game clinching interception.
Kaepernick decided to come out and not only criticize Sherman, but also challenge him. In an interview with the New York Times Kaepernick stated: “Did that make you feel better about yourself? Then go ahead because I’m not worried about you.”
Not worrying about Sherman is the reason the 49ers lost the NFC championship. There is a direct contradiction to being worried about a player and scared, no one can play the game of football being afraid, but you must be aware if your opponent is Sherman.
Sherman is an elite cornerback in the NFL and not “worrying” can get Kaepernick in trouble as it previously has.
“He’s afraid of our receivers, and that’s something I’m looking forward to exploiting next year.”
To say that Sherman is afraid of the 49ers receivers is preposterous. None of the 49ers receivers are top 10 receivers, and Sherman is arguably the best cornerback in the league. No two-time NFL all-pro player is going to be afraid of any of the 49ers receivers.
Kaepernick was also in denial when he said, “If I throw that ball one foot farther, it’s a TD and now you’re not the goat, Richard Sherman”.
Sherman would have won the battle against Crabtree regardless of where Kaepernick threw the ball, because his size and physicality is too much for a player like Crabtree to exploit in such a small space like the corner of the end zone.
Sherman is a player that feeds off of criticism and that’s exactly what Kaepernick is doing. Matching Sherman in trash talk is not intelligent because that is exactly what he wants.
Kaepernick is helping Seattle more than he is helping the 49ers, and he better back up his talk because Sherman has consistently done so.
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