“Hopefully He Gets More Comfortable”

October 7th, 2021

Richard Sherman

Joe was confused a bit by defensive coordinator Todd Bowles today.

Bowles was talking about new Bucs cornerback Richard Sherman and how the Bucs “don’t want to overwork him.”

That sure sounded a odd considering the Bucs ran Sherman out onto field for a full game in New England after just a few days of practice with healthy cornerback Dee Delaney on the bench watching through the raindrops.

You remember Delaney, he’s the guy Bucco Bruce Arians praised for his play against the Rams when Jamel Dean was lost with an injury. Delaney got 53 snaps — fifty-three — in Los Angeles against a much better receiving corps than New England has. But it was a true disappearing act for Delaney on Sunday night; he only played on special teams.

And this is why Joe is always skeptical of what coaches have to say.

Sherman talked multiple times this week about how his legs were mush in the fourth quarter against New England.

Bowles said of Sherman today, “hopefully he gets more comfortable” and the Bucs will monitor his workload.

Bowles praised Sherman for his fast adjustment and noted Sherman, like all great players, has a high standard for himself and expects to play better soon.

Joe can only imagine how Sherman’s body must have felt in the days since Sunday night’s game. It’ll be quite a testament to him if he can roll for another full game on Sunday afternoon in the Florida swelter.

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22 Responses to ““Hopefully He Gets More Comfortable””

  1. PassingThru Says:

    Sherman probably spent all day Monday in a hot tub. It’s tough getting back into football shape without the benefit of any games or practices for 10 months.

    My hope is that his lack of quickness and speed were attributable to conditioning only, but we’ll know more in the weeks ahead.

  2. SlyPirate Says:

    MIA, PHI, CHI. Sherman will be fine for the next 3 games. Saints?

    The starters will be back after the bye and DB depth will have some experience. All good things in the big picture.

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    So….we can also discount what Bowles just said about Sherman.

    Sherman has probably lost some speed…..but it really hasn’t been speed that has hurt the Bucs pass defense…..coverage way too soft……hard to use speed to recover when you’re 5 yards off the receiver when the ball arrives.

  4. mark2001 Says:

    Where is the confusion Joe? I think Bowles is saying that Richard is still getting his football legs, and we don’t want to overwork him. He isn’t 23 years old anymore, and we desperately need him the next three or four games, at least. Regarding the comfort, Sherman admitted he wasn’t always comfortable in the game…he usually reads and reacts almost instantaneously subconsciously. It wasn’t that way in the game last Sunday. The more he settles into the playbook, the more that should happen.

  5. David Smythe Says:

    Hit the Cryogenics machine and that will help with his body adjusting and healing faster

  6. Beeej Says:

    Is Slant-boy gonna be back by the time we play the Saints?

  7. Defense Rules Says:

    BA might’ve praised Delaney for his play when he filled in for Dean, but his stats for the game tell a little different story. Delaney was targeted 5 times & allowed 5 completions for 72 yards & 1 TD. Interesting though, very little YAC (only 11 yards) & 4 solo tackles, seemingly indicating that Delaney was in good position but didn’t get any PDs.

    Maybe Arians & Bowles had a different opinion of how well Delaney would do against the Pats? Or maybe they felt that Sherman, even with limited practice, would do a better job of keeping everything in front of him & not getting burned? Who knows.

  8. MadMax Says:

    Man he looks good in our gear….I have to admit, I hated his mouth when he was younger, but he wised up. And after watching his interviews, dude has seriousness going on…works as his own agent…thats just spectacular…i never understood why agents are needed anyway when you can man up and take care of it yourself….Sherman the Alpha!!!

  9. Jason Says:

    Joe was confused a bit by defensive coordinator Todd Bowles today.

    Hopefully he confuses a couple of Dolphins on Sunday!
    Just saying. LoL.

  10. orlbucfan Says:

    Sherman is a graduate of Stanford University. He is no dummy. Even though our secondary is beat to h3ll, I’m looking forward to his play on Sunday.

  11. August 1976 Buc Says:

    BA always speaks in the moment about a player the way he thinks he needs to speak. He is the Head Coach, and goes about it that way. Whether to build one up or be very direct about another with a challenge.
    If you want BA’s actual opinion, go talk to him lakeside with a case of beer after the he finishes Coaching.

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  12. Sparky Says:

    @August 1976 Buc

    I don’t know how much it has to do with BA lying, as it does with some fans thinking they know more than he does. When he doesn’t say things that agree with whatever BS narrative they built up in their head, they assume HE is lying. Its never because they just don’t know what they are talking about.

  13. Rod Munch Says:

    Sherman said his legs were jello by the end of the game. Also said when he was told he was going to be playing the whole game, he had to start reserving some energy or he wouldn’t make it through the entire game.

    Personally I was really impressed with him. He wasn’t very good, but he was better than I thought he’d be considering he was sitting at home on the couch the Sunday before. To come into an NFL game, play every snap except one on defense, at his age, it’ just really impressive he made it through the game. He can only improve from here, although he obviously needs to improve quite a bit. Miami has some good WRs, but their QB stinks, but no one is going to bother to run on the Bucs, so he had better expect to play a ton of minutes once again.

  14. Christopher fava Says:

    Richard sherman old and washed dude gets burned like a oven roasted turkey 😂

  15. webster Says:

    Madmax, sherman i believe majored in business from stanford. I could be wrong but he did go to stanford so he is super smart. Not many athletes have the knowledge or the capacity to negotiate their contracts. It would be foolish for about 85% percent of athletes across all sports to negotiate their contracts. Thats why you have agents and lawyers to go over the fine print. Suh negotiate his contracts but as you know, warren buffet is one of his mentors and suh has entered into many contracts outside of football. As it relates to his mouth, i wish fans like you stop judging these players as cancers or idiots based of 20 second sound bites or one bad play ie suh stomping someone. A lot of these players are so much more than their narrative. The fact you just realised how smart and together sherman is proves my point. Btw athletes like ali, sherman etc need the loud bravado in order to perform at a high level. That does not make them bad people.

  16. SOEbuc Says:

    Sherman still a hitter if he’s there. I guess the Bucs didn’t want Gilmore and have their 1 and 2 CB having less than one week in the system. Sounds like none of these are season ending yet but Bruce won’t tell people that. Backup secondary getting some good reps with a Bucs offense against some lesser teams (one week at a time) going into the mid season bye.

  17. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Spot on post Sparky lol
    It could never be the fans not knowing what they are talking about lol lol

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  18. Mike Says:

    Bowles is a good fit to BA’ s no risk no biscuits. His high rate usage of blitz causes inconsistent results. He is a good DC in only half of the games.

  19. Defense Rules Says:

    Mike … Interesting perspective about Bowles’ blitzing & one I hadn’t really considered. Blitzing is obviously a gamble & that does fit right in with BA’s attack philosophy. And what we’re seeing so far this year is very inconsistent results just like you said.

    But Todd appears to have been adjusting considerably for & within each game, I’m guessing because of our Secondary injuries and DLine performance.

    o Game 1: 84 def snaps … 60 blitzes; 1 sack; 9 pressures
    o Game 2: 72 def snaps … 40 blitzes; 1 sack; 12 pressures
    o Game 3: 65 def snaps … 15 blitzes; 1 sack; 6 pressures
    o Game 4: 59 def snaps … 26 blitzes; 4 sacks; 14 pressures

    According to Pro Football Reference stats, Bucs still own the highest blitz percentage in the NFL (41.1% thru 4 games), but just barely (Panthers are second with 40.9%). And yet our results from blitzing are just middle-of-the-pack (41 total pressures puts us #16). And our Pressure Percentage (20.8%) puts us down near the bottom of the pack (at #27). Like you said Mike, the results of our blitzing have been inconsistent.

    Looks like those results improved considerably in the Patriots game; I’m guessing because our DLine play appeared to be much better. Hopefully that continues.

  20. JGhotier Says:

    “Hopefully he gets more comfortable” quote could be in relation to the AB mic’d up video showing Richard hanging his head and AB trying to keep his head up throughout the game; saying he needed to get a better “vibe”, “it’s gonna take just a little” time and “knowing you’re Richard Sherman, right”. I’m sure the Coaches were/are well aware of that and his body language in that game. As well as his uncomfortableness having only been here a week, w/ a very diverse defense to pick up and an All-Pro standard level of play thats he’s accustomed to.

    Quote doesn’t bother or confuse me, nor does it seem odd or alarming to me after only a week. The guy is also coming off a season ending injury and hasn’t played a lick since. This is an impromptu and premature (over)reaction at this current juncture of time. IMO

  21. Hodad Says:

    Joe was confused about what Bowles said. You’re not the only one Joe, the Bucs secondary looks confused half the time also. Sherman’s contract is filled with incentives so I would think Sherm wants to be on the field as much as possible. Add in the fact we’re missing so many DBs, I don’t see how you can give him rest during a game.

  22. Mike Says:

    I remember playing some two hand touch and the next day I had muscles hurting all over that I didn’t even know I had. Can’t imagine how Sherman must have felt after coming off the couch and playing a full game. Just brutal.