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Without Sherman, Seahawks Super Bowl hopes are done

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The Seattle Seahawks were dealt a devastating blow following their 22-16 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday Night Football. They learned that perennial Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman would miss the rest of the NFL season after rupturing his Achilles during the game. The Seahawks will now have to rely on recently traded and returned Jeremy Lane, rookie Shaquill Griffin, and other backup defensive backs to fill in for one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks. The loss of Sherman cannot be underestimated because Seattle now finds itself from a possible contender to win the Super Bowl to a team whose ceiling got markedly lower.

Although many people know Richard Sherman as one of the many vocal and outspoken personalities on a Seahawks team full of them, there is no question he is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. He has been named to four consecutive Pro Bowls and has been named a first team All-Pro three times in his seven year career. He has endured criticism from some of his peers that he doesn’t always matchup with the opposition’s top receiver as often as other top-flight cornerbacks but he takes away half the field every week, has better size, and is significantly more physical than most corners in the league. Much like when Seattle lost star safety Earl Thomas last year, losing Richard Sherman will be too much to overcome for the “Legion of Boom” and the Seahawks.

Darrelle Revis, Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr., Malcolm Butler, and Richard Sherman have multiple things in common. They were all star cornerbacks for Super Bowl winning teams of the past four NFL seasons since the Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII, the Broncos won Super Bowl 50, and the Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX and Super Bowl LI. In today’s NFL with ultra-talented receivers like Julio Jones and Antonio Brown, teams must try to matchup defensively against them with quality cornerbacks. This year’s best NFC teams have gifted receivers like the Cowboys’ Dez Bryant, Eagles’ Alshon Jeffery, and the Rams’ Sammy Watkins.

The Seahawks have lost one of the truly great cornerbacks in the NFL and are facing a challenge in the NFC West from a young and hungry Los Angeles Rams team. Seattle will likely still have enough to make it to the playoffs due to Russell Wilson and a defense that still has a number of playmakers but this season’s Super Bowl dreams are just a dream now.

 

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