MIAMI – Patrick Mahomes is aware of the danger lurking in Richard Sherman's neighborhood. But he won't shy away from throwing his way.
"No, I mean, obviously I'll know where he is," said Mahomes. "You have to. But with the guys I have, I will still do what we do, I will go through our progress and try to play games and then try not to let him play big games that make the game could influence. "
Sherman has a break in each of the 49er playoff wins and his chess game with Mahomes will be a critical game in the game.
"Obviously he's extremely gifted physically," said Mahomes. “It has a lot of size and speed. He has a great technique. But I think the most important thing is how smart he is and how he can really understand the whole scheme and not just his position. You could see that in this scheme he played a lot with Seattle and now with the 49ers, obviously it's a little different.
“But he understands it and understands when he can jump routes when he has to be in certain positions. And I think sometimes he's in a position where you don't expect him to be, and he takes most of your reading away from you. It's just about knowing where he is on the field because he can interfere with the game. "
49er's safety Jimmie Ward said he didn't expect Mahomes to be reluctant to attack Sherman at the right time.
"I have a feeling that he will throw the ball anywhere unless Richard Sherman catches a catch or two and may then shy away from him, but I think Patrick Mahomes plays as if he's the best player in the league . " So I don't feel like he's going to be shy, ”Ward told the Post. "I have a feeling he's going to throw it wherever he feels he needs to throw it."
Sherman was the defiant cornerback of the Legion of Boom when the Seahawks defeated Peyton Manning and the Broncos in the Super Bowl XLVIII. He has had a remarkable comeback when he broke the Achilles tendon in his 30-year season.
"It was so funny that a lot of people, critics, tried to count him," said Ward.
Sherman, two months younger than 32, remains an elite whether Darelle Revis belittles him as a cover corner or not.
"He can still run – most people think he can't," Jaquiski Tartt told the post. "He's slowed down a bit, but he can still run and do his job at the highest level." He can also show up like a security guard and strike in the running game, so you want that in a corner. "
Sherman is the undisputed leader of the 49ers Secondary.
"No. I think he has a great sense of the game," said corner player Emmanuel Moseley. "He has played this game long enough without being able to see formations and games. As soon as he sees these games, he just goes and gets the ball. "
Sherman is an invaluable resource for his young secondary friends.
"He is very cerebral, man," Nickel said back to K & Waun Williams. “He knows the game inside out. He's seen a lot of football, so he can only diagnose games before it happens. He always stays calm, always understands situations. "
And he keeps reminding his students to "do your job" in the heat of the fight.
"Just a great leader," said Williams. “Great mastery of space and only our defense. Whenever we need a message or when he sees something, he always points it out and always gives a hint to young people. It sends the right message at the right time. "
And Sherman, a former fifth round campaigner and tormentor of former 49ers WR Michael Crabtree, remains driven by the huge chip on his shoulders
"I think," said Tartt, "he had a chip on his shoulders when he was born."
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