Seahawk Richard Sherman says it'll be fun to play against former teammate Golden Tate on Monday.
The Seattle Seahawks are one of just three NFL teams without an interception, which might seem a surprising stat given the reputation of the Legion of Boom.
That could end Monday night, though, when the Seahawks face a Detroit team that likes to throw it around and has a quarterback in Matthew Stafford who has thrown five picks this season — at least one in each of the team’s three games.
Whatever the case, none of it is a concern to Richard Sherman.
“No, they never are,” he said this week when asked if the interception numbers are a concern. “Just like people talk about the record all the time. Last year, oh Seattle’s doomed again, and then we’re in the Super Bowl. It’s like where were those same people saying we were doomed when we were at the Super Bowl again. So things like that, you don’t worry about those things, they fall into place eventually. They work how they’re supposed to work.”
And how they tend to work, he said, is in bunches. Sherman figures once they get one pick, a lot more will follow.
“I think it’s kind of a rhythm thing,” he said. “Just like the fumbles, we got three in one game. I think when the ball comes out, it’s just one of those things. It’s hard to explain, I don’t think there’s a logical explanation to it, but they come in bunches usually.”
What’s also played a role so far are the opponents. Aaron Rodgers rarely throws interceptions anywhere and the Bears hardly threw it and rarely went downfield. The Rams’ game had its own uniqueness as the first without Kam Chancellor.
What will also be different this week is Sherman and the LOB facing off against former teammate Golden Tate.
“Oh, it’ll be fun,” Sherman said. “It’s always fun to play against Tate. Obviously we had our battles in practice for years. We’re happy for all of his success, it’ll be another fun battle.”
Asked if it matters that they went against each other in practice for years, Sherman said probably not.
“It’s been years since we practiced against each other, too,” he said. “But I don’t think it gives anybody the advantage. I think it’s going to be fun, it makes it more fun, it makes it more like a chess match. You understand the moves that are coming. You understand the strengths, the weaknesses, and how they’re going to try to attack you, and you try to counter it, and then they counter it, it’s going to be a lot of fun.”