The Richard Sherman experiment with the Buccaneers could’ve gone better. It seems like even he acknowledges this with his recent comments.
Last season was a train-wreck at times for the Buccaneers due to an unsustainable level of injuries that decimated the secondary from the start of the season.
Going after a guy like Richard Sherman on the free agent market looked like the best way to stem the bleeding, but the end result of his play only showed that injuries were a greater concern in his game than we originally thought.
It is obvious that part of his struggles on the field stemmed from little training or time to get in shape once the rubber met the road.
While many people thought that Sherman would have a few weeks to acclimate to his new role on the team, the veteran corner was instead thrust into a substantial role from the onset of his joining the team.
This type of wear would be hard for anyone to handle in Sherman’s position, and the future Hall of Famer acknowledged this in a recent announcement regarding his future in broadcasting and his ability to still play in the league if he isn’t in the same situation he was in with the Bucs.
Probably not what Bucs fans want to hear from such a prominent member of the league, but there is truth to what Sherman said. He was thrust into an impossible position where the likelihood of failure or injury was extremely high.
Had the Buccaneers eased Sherman into his role and taken their time with developing him, perhaps his play and luck with injuries would’ve been better. But it does also make sense that Sherman would try to explain away a down season to keep potential suitors interested in him as an addition.
One way or another, the fit didn’t end up working out in the end with the hopes of a Super Bowl win, but to be fair to both sides; it isn’t the first time that a player of Sherman’s caliber will be in a tough situation, and it certainly won’t be the last.
There is obviously a great fit with Sherman in the booth as one of the smartest players in the history of the league, but if he still wants to play, the veteran CB showed that the heart is still there if a team wants to use him in the right way.
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