Once a proud member of the Seattle Seahawks, Richard Sherman is now disgusted by how they have let their team fall apart.
It feels like it’s been ages since the Seattle Seahawks were revered for their ferocious “Legion of Boom” defense. It’s only been four seasons since they brutalized Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos for a 43-8 victory in Super Bowl XLVIII, and then came seconds away from repeating as champions the following year.
But last season, the Seahawks went just 9-7 and failed to qualify for the playoffs. Following that, the longtime face of the Legion of Boom, cornerback Richard Sherman, was released. In a plot twist, he decided to join one of Seattle’s most hated rivals, the San Francisco 49ers.
Sherman was once proud to play for the city of Seattle, and was never afraid to speak his mind about the dominance of the Legion of Boom. But now, Sherman is more or less disgusted with the way the Seahawks have allowed their juggernaut of a team to unravel.
“Mistakes and poor judgment on things ruined what could have been a really special deal,” Sherman said, according to Sports Illustrated. “You don’t have much left right now.”
The four-time Pro Bowler was referring to how the Seahawks parted ways both himself and defensive end Michael Bennett. In the meantime, All-Pro safety Early Thomas is vying for a new contract, but Seattle has yet to accommodate him.
There have been other departures as well, including tight end Jimmy Graham, defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson and cornerback Jeremy Lane.
Sherman’s frustration is understandable, seeing as how teams have to pay their players in order to keep a championship core together.
“They’ve lost their way,” he continued. “It’s as simple as that. They’ve just lost their way. When you make too many mistakes over a long period of time, you kind of dig yourself a hole. And then when you backtrack, you got to make a bunch of rash decisions to try and fill the hole and hope that it holds up.”
Sherman seems to be glad that he got out of Seattle just in time, and now having joined a young San Francisco team that is on the rise with new quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, it might not be long before Sherman is back on the Super Bowl scene.