When the Seahawks released Richard Sherman last weekend, the two parties seemed to share mutual respect and gratitude in his parting.
That has seemingly all gone out the window on Sherman's part as the week as unfolded.
After signing with the 49ers earlier this week, Sherman has unloaded a series of verbal assaults on his former team. He continued the rather one sided war of words on newly retired former Browns LT Joe Thomas' podcast on Uninterrupted on Thursday.
Sherman took shots at the Seahawks' front office and coach Pete Carroll in a revealing interview that won't sit well within the Seattle hierarchy but maybe speaks volumes about the locker room culture under Carroll.
The four-time All Pro said that the former USC head coach's philosophy and methodology had waned in its effectiveness over the years, particular amongst the veterans in the locker room:
“A lot of us have been there six, seven, eight years, and his philosophy is more built for college,” Sherman said. “Four years, guys rotate in, rotate out, and so we had kind of heard all his stories, we had kind of heard every story, every funny anecdote that he had.
“And honestly because he just recycles them. And they’re cool stories, they’re great for team chemistry and building, etcetera, etcetera. But we had literally heard them all. We could recite them before he even started to say them.”
Sherman went on to attack the way the staff evaluated talent and valued veteran players over the past couple of seasons. The 'hawks endured a disappointing 9-7 year in 2017, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
"I think they've kind of lost their way a little bit in terms of how they see players and how they evaluate players...at the end of the day it just became an issue of devaluing core players, players that are playing at a high level and really being curious about younger players and curious about the unknown,” he said.
“They say, ‘Maybe this guy’s going to be the next guy,’ instead of saying, ‘Hey, you have Hall of Fame talents in your secondary. How about you ride this out.’ It’d be like Pittsburgh saying, ‘Troy Polamalu is great, but let’s figure out what this guy behind him has,'”.
Seattle seems to be rebuilding this offseason. Purging the elder statesmen in the locker room even if they can still produce at a high level.
The list of players who are out the door or could still be going include; Sherman who turns 30 this month and was cut, Michael Bennett (32) was traded, and the futures of Kam Chancellor (29) and Cliff Avril (31) are shrouded in ambiguity.
Additionally, safety Earl Thomas (28) is reportedly on the trade block and has been heard saying multiple times that he'd play elsewhere.
The Legion of Boom is no more, and to rub salt into the wounds of faithful 12's, its iconic leader is taking hurtful shots at the organisation and its key members. Sherman even suggested that Carroll could leave if there isn't an improvement on last year's showing:
"...if things don’t go as planned and they don’t get to the playoffs and they have a rough year, then I think that’ll weigh into his decision. The legacy begins to get tainted at that point,” he said.
The matchups between the niners and Seahawks next season are now officially grudge matches between Sherman and his former employers.
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