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Pete Carroll on Richard Sherman: ‘I think he’s a great corner’

Richard Sherman & Pete CarrollINDIANAPOLIS – Richard Sherman’s good-natured “feud” with Darrelle Revis over who is the best cornerback in the league has become can’t-avoid TV here at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider was distracted during his podium stint on Thursday by a graphic on the NFL Network comparing the stats of the team’s All-Pro corner to those of the Jets’ Revis. Friday, it was Pete Carroll’s turn, as the Seahawks’ coach was asked about Sherman taking his case to Twitter, TV and seemingly everywhere else.

“It’s obvious that Richard’s got a lot of free time on his hands,” Carroll cracked when asked about Sherman in the hallway at Lucas Oil Stadium after completing his Q&A session in the media center.

Asked if he agreed with Sherman’s contention, Carroll offered, “I haven’t read one word that he’s said. I just see the pictures with the mouth open and I know what’s going on.”

After the laughter subsided, Carroll added, “Richard knows what he’s doing. He’s having fun playing with the whole thing. He had a tremendous season. So he’s got something to stand on right now.”

Like his league-high 24 passes defensed and eight interceptions, which tied for second in the NFL. Then there’s that All-Pro berth.

“It’s better than when he used to talk when he didn’t,” Carroll said with a smile.

Asked again if he thought Sherman was the best corner in the league, Carroll said, “I think he’s a great corner. I think he’s playing tremendous football. I think not enough people know about him yet, although he’s working on that.”

Carroll then admitted he has never known how you gauge who is the “best corner” in the league, adding, “But he’s up there in consideration.”


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