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Richard Sherman is……

Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman (25) talks with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 24-23. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman (25) talks with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 24-23. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

For me, the thirst for Seahawks victories consumed most of my late teens and have continued into my late 30’s.

I’ll be completely honest here, I’m a football purist. I loved Coach Holmgren’s approach because I always felt the best way to win was to have a team that was assembled with a few things in mind.

1. Talent
2. Character (Not Characters)
3. Competitive fire to be great

Matt Hasselbeck, Bobby Engram, and Walter Jones-to name a few-embodied that image and came painfully close to what would have been the most satisfying Superbowl victory I could have ever dreamed.

But they failed, and with that failure the Holmgren era slowly eroded into oblivion and the Seahawks fell back to earth..hard.

I know, this is old news, but I need to you to understand the lens I see “the perfect team” through.

Enter Pete Carroll and his strong sense of “why” that permeates the Seahawks organization at every level. Compete, Compete, Compete is paramount, and this approach has done amazing things for this franchise.

Players on this current Seahawks roster meet or exceed two of my personal prerequisites for team success, but there’s a sticking point.

Character vs characters..

I will never judge anyone without walking in their shoes first. But unwillingness to pass personal judgement does not mean that I’m blind to the distractions that this recent Seahawks team is experiencing and the player that brings the most of that to the forefront is Richard Sherman.

From his alleged and overturned PED issue, to the embarrassing ratings grabbing interview Skip Bayless suckered him into on national TV, to the consistent over the top trash talk, like it or not, Sherman has become the face of the Seattle Seahawks.

The big market media wouldn’t have it any other way.

Funny thing is, I’m a HUGE fan of Sherman. His abilities on the football field are – in my opinion – unmatched in the NFL. His play alters the sleeping patterns of opposing coaching staffs and his physicality demoralizes the majority of receivers.

However, the Seahawks need a lot less Richard Sherman bloviating on NFL network and ESPN, and waaaay more Russell Wilson being well…Russell Wilsonish.

We have one of the best leaders in the NFL who could be one of the best QBs in time that -next to Sherman- is completely overshadowed outside of Seattle. I have a big problem with that and also know how lucky we are to have a talent like Sherman on the roster.. Conflict much?

So I’m curious to hear what you think…Vote, and then I’d love to read your thoughts in the comment section below.

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About Will

Football fanatic, former coach, and obsessive blogger. Proud member of the Seahawks 12thManNation. Follow him on twitter @12thManScribe

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