Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is lobbying for his teammates -- middle linebacker Bobby Wagner and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane -- in the Pro Bowl.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is lobbying for two teammates to be in the 2015 Pro Bowl.
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Sherman wants middle linebacker Bobby Wagner and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane in next year's Pro Bowl, per ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter Terry Blount:
"Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said two of his defensive teammates -- middle linebacker Bobby Wagner and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane -- don't get the recognition they deserve.
"'Bobby is having an incredible year,' Sherman said. 'So voters, everybody out there, Bobby Wagner is a Pro-Bowl player. He should be in the Defensive Player of the Year race as well.'
"Sherman also made a case for Mebane.
"'C'mon, this is probably a three-years running Pro-Bowl snub,' Sherman said of Mebane. 'He's like the engine that helps our defense go. Brandon does not move. He's an immovable object out there and he does a fantastic job with his hands.
"'He's an incredibly technical player in his movements and everything he does. He's rarely out of position and he's rarely out of the play. You rarely see a defensive tackle running making tackles on the sideline, or (making) tackles on screen plays. He does all that. But once again, he's overlooked because I guess he's not a big sack-total guy. He's just a guy that does his job incredibly well week in and week out.'
"Seahawks coach Pete Carrolll seconded the motion.
"'Brandon may be playing the best he's played,' Carroll said Wednesday. 'He may be at the top of his game right now.'
"Mebane chuckled when he heard Sherman said he was a Pro Bowler.
"'Well, that's his opinion, but if you look at Wikipedia it's not on there,' Mebane said, smiling. 'I don't care. I just want to stay healthy and put my kids through private schools. At the end of the day, we win. That's all that matters to me. I don't do nothing but come to work. I don't care about the publicity.'
"Wagner said he doesn't care, either.
"'As long as these guys in this locker room respect me, that's all I need,' Wagner said.
"Wagner, who leads the team in tackles with 43 and had a sack Monday night, was more interested in praising Mebane.
"'He's the reason why I make plays,' Wagner said. 'I'm surprised no one noticed how well he's playing. It's crazy he doesn't get the recognition.'"
In another development, there is mutual respect between Sherman and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, notes ESPN's Tim MacMahon. The Seahawks and Cowboys will square off in Seattle on Sunday:
"The competition between Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and Dallas Cowboys receiver won't start until after kickoff.
"Sherman, arguably the best cornerback in the NFL and the undisputed trash-talking champion, had nothing but praise for Bryant this week, calling him an 'incredible talent' and detailing his strengths to Seattle reporters. Bryant offered similar verbal bouquets for Sherman.
"'It's the same respect over here,' Bryant said. 'We don't have issues with one another. We respect each other very highly. We both love this game, and we know Sunday we have to go out there and try our best to help each team get a 'W.' I know that's his mindset. That's my mindset.'
"Bryant and Sherman struck up a friendship after interacting at the ESPYS this summer. They exchanged phone numbers and text each other occasionally.
"That doesn't mean there won't be some trash talking exchanged on Sunday in Seattle. The odds are it will be initiated by Sherman, who uses his sharp wit to try to rattle the receivers he covers.
"'That's just the nature of the game,' Bryant said. 'I'm pretty sure he's going to say something to me. I'm pretty sure I'm going to say something to him. But at the end of the day, when it's all said and done, we're going to congratulate one another and talk and take pictures and get back on the plane and go our separate ways.'
"Assuming that the Seahawks stick with the strategy that helped them win the Super Bowl last season, Sherman won't Shadow Bryant, as the All-Pro corner lines up almost solely on the defense's left side. However, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett made it clear that Dallas won't shy away from going after Sherman with Bryant."
The 26-year-old Sherman has amassed 177 tackles, 1.0 sack, four forced fumbles and 20 interceptions in 52 career regular-season games with the Seahawks through Oct. 9, per ESPN stats.
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