Richard Sherman Talks Coaching

October 30th, 2021

Temp job.

It was way cool for Joe to see Bucs veteran cornerback and former All-Pro Richard Sherman, while sidelined with a hamstring, pinch-hitting as the Bucs secondary coach on the sidelines during the curb-stomping of the Bears last week.

On his podcast, Sherman explained it was only a one-time thing (he hopes) and that former NFL defensive back and current Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles just needed a break.

Sherman said that after Bucs defensive backs coach Kevin Ross came down with The Sickness last week, Bowles attempted to take over the defensive back room but Sherman saw quickly that Bowles had so many other duties and bigger fish to fry.

So Sherman offered to step up.

“During practice, he’s got a million other things to worry about,” Sherman said of Bowles. “I just stepped up and handled the rotations of the corners, getting in and out because he has other stuff to deal with, you know? He’s the coordinator.”

Sherman tried to minimize his impact and responsibility but raved about his teammates/pupils.

“All the young guys did a great job,” Sherman said. “They had a ton of respect for me and just listened. We talked things through and made sure we had everything buttoned up by the end of the week.

“On game day, it was just about making adjustments on the sideline once things happened. But they really played well.”

Then Sherman had a brief breakdown of some of his players teammates against the Bears.

“Dee Delaney had an interception, first game starting,” Sherman began. “That was unbelievable. [Jamel] Dean has been playing very high-level football. He didn’t get an interception this week because [the Bears] didn’t really try him. He had two targets.”

Sherman was especially effusive about Bucs safety Jordan Whitehead.

“J. Whitehead continuing to look like an All-Pro and continuing to make huge plays,” Sherman said.

In short, Sherman said it was much more fun than being stuck on the sideline waiting for his hamstring to heal.

“It was really cool,” Sherman said. “It was exciting to see when guys work really hard and get the opportunity they deserve and take off with it.”

Sherman quickly added while it was fun for a game, he will not coach when his playing days are done, college or NFL.

“Nope, you are going to see me in a booth calling games or in front of a desk talking about the game,” Sherman said. “It was a one-off. You step up when you need it. It was fun.”

25 Responses to “Richard Sherman Talks Coaching”

  1. Long John Says:

    Great story.

  2. Rod Munch Says:

    That’s a really great story, and proves his signing was the right thing to do. I wasn’t sure if we signed him if he still had the speed to play corner, but great players like him are always motivated by fear of failure, so you knew you’d get a great effort. But this is above and beyond, and to step up on his own, assuming that’s the full story and not a self promoting podcast version, is really great.

  3. ModHairKen Says:

    Is it a coincidence that these guys played better? I don’t think so. Sure, rookie QB. But Richard Sherman is the TomBrady of DBs to these guys.

    Richard Sherman, like Suh, is a natural leader and future head coach — if he wants it.

    Keep on keeping, Coach Sherm.

  4. Tbtb12 Says:

    Sherman’s IQ is near genius and that includes his football acumen. He clearly merged those with his communication skills; such an asset to the Bucs last Sunday.
    Now we know he’d like to be an analyst or broadcaster when he takes his cleats off. Something to look forward to

  5. Swampbuc Says:

    What a high level force of nature Sherm is. And he’s so darn smart, he’ll be a rare awesome dude behind the microphone.

  6. Buczilla Says:

    I know the dude messed up recently, but he sure as hell seems like a class act to me.

  7. Weston Says:

    Glad we can grab a pewter with Sherman on it, if even he plays for us for a moment. Pinch me

  8. CalBucsFan Says:

    Good story, what better way for the youngins’ to grow then learn from one of the best they undoubtedly watched growing up over the past decade. Hope the same can also be said of Trask waiting in the wings.

    Between TB with the offense and RS and Suh with the defense, this team’s fountian of youth is overflowing and should be well-built for the next 10 yrs. too.

    Way to turn this franchise around Leicht, and thank you Arians and all the coaches too for a job well done. Now let’s get a couple more SB trophies so the memories of the past 40+ years of suffering can truly fade away!

    Let’s go Bucs!

  9. Crickett Baker Says:

    Well said CalBucs and really interesting tale, Joe.

  10. Hodad Says:

    We win the S.B. this year I could see Sherman retire to a gig on NFL net, or ESPN.

  11. DaBux Says:

    If the rest of the league gets to watch Sherman on a boat parade, we will officially become the most hated team in history. Even more than the Cowgirls.

  12. Jason Says:

    “Nope, you are going to see me in a booth calling games or in front of a desk talking about the game,”
    Pretty sure that pays more than assistant db coach. Smart man that Richard Sherman.

  13. Listnfrmafar Says:

    That’s too bad it would be great to have two player coaches one on each side of the ball. I sure like Brady, Sherman see’s things in the DB field Ross doesn’t. Great pick up.

  14. D-Rome Says:

    Great story Joe. I enjoy all of your articles but sometimes you put together gems like this. Articles like these keep me coming back.

  15. Listen Linda! Says:

    Awesome to see him step in like that

  16. SOEbuc Says:

    Is he kidding…I could do that.

  17. SB~LV Says:

    Maybe, I certainly hope he can make the transition from millionaire football player with money burning a hole in his pockets, care free and living a life of football and fun. Coaching is a complete dedication of your TIME for 10 1/2 months out of the year and those are long days and early mornings dealing with knuckleheads like himself!
    But he is a football genius.
    I hope he does because he’ll probably never find much of a job in the private sector.

  18. RC Says:

    The couple of press conferences I’ve seen him with Tampa Bay he sure seems to have the personality to be on a sportshow when he hangs up the cleats.

  19. Swampbuc Says:

    SB-LV, your comment is ignorant. Sherman’s personal life is a totally separate issue, related to mental health, not intelligence or drive. He’s off the charts on the latter two and provided that he takes care of his mental well being, the future is limitless for a guy like him.

  20. SB~LV Says:

    Swamp…you sound like a naïve idealist that voted for the drooler in the WH.
    My post is backed up the 99% of former NFL players broke 10 years later….

  21. Swampbuc Says:

    SB, you just sound like an ignorant moron. Do a little research on the guy. But that would require you to actually, like, think. Sorry. I forgot.

  22. SB~LV Says:

    Swamp … too bad you didn’t think before you voted yourself into less money at the end of each month for pie in the sky unicorns and rainbows.
    Nothing in Shepherds off field past indicates a successful future in the private sector, of every elite player envisions themselves as a successful TV talking head. They come and go like NFL players of rosters.
    I wish if the best but other than the football field he has nothing to bet on in the real world. Just another pampered football player since PeeWee league with NO understanding of adult life in the real world. Not my opinion, it is his other record.

  23. Ron says Says:

    I believe they did this to acclimate him more to our defensive scheme at a game pace. When he gets back and at full strength he will show why we picked him up, as a viable option for us to use.

  24. Sparky Says:

    Yeah! Nothing in his past indicates he will have a successful future! Graduated HS with 2nd highest GPA, not first, and only a two sport athlete. College degree from someplace called “Stanford”? Dunno, never heard of it. He also has a foundation, and he produces content for The Players Tribune as well as his own podcast. Which, if you’d seen any of that you’d know he’ll be fantastic in any role with sports media. He’s already accomplished more outside of football than you ever will.
    and for (Medicated) Pete’s sake, can you please try to act like an adult and stop trying to inject politics into everything? No one gives a squat who you voted for.

  25. Swampbuc Says:

    Spot on, Sparky. That bozo SB-LV spouts all kinds of nonsense. Sad. Do ya think he stereotypes much? And a supportive theme on the brilliant Richard Sherman suddenly makes the daqueed assume things about political leanings.

    So I guess my image of him sitting around in a cape and pointy hood asking his family to call him “grand wizard” might not be far off.