For those watching the aftermath of the NFC Championship game you saw a very interesting interview of Richard Sherman. Sherman seemed to have a personal issue with Michael Crabtree as you will see below in the video:
Sherman seemed to be concerned on how he was viewed so he posted an article today on Monday Morning Quarterback. In that article Sherman showed the level of respect that players around the league have for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, comparing him to Crabtree:
Erin Andrews interviewed me after the game and I yelled what was obvious: If you put a subpar player across from a great one, most of the time you’re going to get one result. As far as Crabtree being a top-20 NFL receiver, you’d have a hard time making that argument to me. There are a lot of receivers playing good ball out there, and Josh Gordon needed 14 games to produce almost double what Crabtree can do in a full season. And Gordon had Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell playing quarterback.
For a great cornerback to take time in a national article, following the biggest game of his career, to compliment Gordon is a sign of the respect he has around the league. This means Gordon should expect more attention on defense, should get “superstar” calls and has a big resume after only completing his second season.
Can the Browns build around Gordon as the centerpiece of the offense or could his off the field issues keep him from being relied upon? Does Gordon rest on his new laurels or continue to put the work in to improve? As Sherman mentioned, will he gets a solid QB to throw him the ball? What do you think of Sherman’s talk about Gordon?