Buccaneers: Be patient with Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Richard Sherman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /

Richard Sherman, the newest member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will make his debut on Sunday Night Football against the New England Patriots. Buccaneers fans should temper expectations on their new cornerback though, at least for this first week.

When it was announced that the Bucs signed Sherman, fans rejoiced from sea to shining sea. The Buccaneers’ secondary has been a big problem so far in 2021, and a new veteran presence in the room like Sherman should provide a much needed jolt for the unit. The thing is, we need to temper expectations just a bit.

This isn’t saying that Sherman won’t be good, or even helpful, all it’s saying is that we simply need to be patient. When it comes to in-season front office moves, it’s naturally easy to get excited, and perhaps even overreact a bit. That’s what being a fan is.

Sherman himself knows that he has to be patient, and that his impact more likely than not won’t be felt overnight, or possibly even this Sunday night. Sherman stated that he won’t really have a big role in the defense until week five. Five coincidentally will be his new jersey number, honoring the fact that his son was born on February 5th.

Sherman knows to be patient, especially with learning a new system, but he also knows that he’s going to bring leadership and accountability, to also match his talent. Mike Evans says that Sherman is an all-time great, and one of the smartest players ever. There’s also a reason that Tom Brady himself reached out to Sherman. Sherman says that if Brady calls about joining him, you’ll regret turning him down.

All that being said, Richard Sherman and his new team seem just as excited as Buccaneers fans at what lies ahead. All we have to do is just be patient, and watch how everything unfolds.

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