Seven weeks into the NFL season the Seattle Seahawks, it is fair to say, have lost a little bit of the unbeatable persona they worked so hard to attain on their way to last season's Super Bowl.
Pete Carroll's team have suffered back to back defeats in weeks five and six of the 2014 season and have already lost as many regular-season games (three) as they did in the entirety of the 2013 campaign.
Their offense, now without the reportedly disruptive Percy Harvin, have struggled to find a rhythm and their previously suffocating defence has given up 58 points in two games.
In need of a crucial win this weekend the Seahawks face a tough test against the Cam Newton led Carolina Panthers. And Richard Sherman, speaking today via his blog on his official website, has outlined just how the franchise plans to combat their stumbling form and the former Auburn quarterback.
"We have stumbled a bit these past couple of weeks, but need to maintain an aggressive mind-set heading into this weekend in Carolina."
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Sherman is clearly under no illusions as to the test the Seahawks face as they bid to stop the rot and improve on a .500 record, but the elite corner isn't about to sit back and let Carolina take advantage of his team's current situation.
"We have stumbled a bit these past couple of weeks, but need to maintain an aggressive mind-set heading into this weekend in Carolina. Cam and the Panthers are coming off of a loss as well, and are going to come out eager for a win," Sherman explained via RichardSherman25.com.
After at first offering a rallying call not only to the 12th man of CenturyLink Field but his teammates too, Sherman went on to describe the past week's practice - reserving praise for the under fire offense led by Russell Wilson before focussing in on just how the 'Legion of Boom' plan to restrict Cam Newton and co.
"This group couldn't be more eager to get out on the field and make a statement this weekend!"
Outlining just what the Seahawks coaching staff have had the players working on since their agonizing 28-26 loss to the St. Louis Rams last Sunday, Sherman highlighted a number of areas they must get right if they are to come away from the Bank of America Stadium with a W:
"We have centered this week’s focus on defensive communication, and pressure coverage..Practice has been spent focusing on getting our pass rush and coverage to work in unison, in order to limit short pass opportunities."
There is certainly room for improvement in that area. The Seahawks are allowing on average 67 yards more per game to opposing team's passing game's and are well behind the pace if they wish to replicate the 44 sacks racked up last season with just 13 managed as we stand at the half way stage.
Newton will pose a difficult proposition for the Seahawks D as he continues to improve his game following early season injury worries. His dual threat status means Sherman and co will have to have their game spot on come Sunday.
But the Seahawks at present are like a wounded animal and judging by Richard Sherman's comments at least they will be looking to pounce given the chance this weekend against Carolina.
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