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Sherman: "Guys Must be Accountable for Their Actions"

On Turnover Thursday:

Its intense. We go really hard at practice. The defense has won most of the time in getting the turnover, and I think that, like you said, manifested itself in the games. But its going to be competitive. The offense isnt going to try and give us a chance. They dont give us very many opportunities, but when they do, I think the last three have been ended by Akeem Auguste. Hes been playing great, so Im sure hell have some impact on it. Well go out there and compete like always, but Turnover Thursday is really the embodiment of our program and what we do because its all about the ball. Thats the central theme in the program, and we go after it at all times. I think thats why our offense is one of the best at keeping it, and were one of the best at getting it.

On Denver QB Peyton Mannings rebuttal to Shermans comments about Mannings arm strength:

I agree. Thats exactly what I said. Thats what I said.

On embracing the media:

I dont know. I guess Im comfortable with my words. Im comfortable in front of a crowd public speaking. Obviously, not everybody in the world is comfortable. Sometimes people get anxiety. Some people are uncomfortable with it, and I really dont think everybody should be forced to do it because its not for everyone. Just because youre a great football player doesnt mean youre going to be great in front of crowds and great in front of a large amount of people, a large audience. So I think he (Marshawn Lynch) shouldnt have to do everything that he doesnt feel comfortable with. But myself, Im fine with it. I enjoy it. I enjoy getting the message out that I want to get out, and I enjoy supporting my teammates. The great Marshawn Lynch, I think his game speaks for itself. It says enough for everybody to talk about for weeks and weeks. And I enjoy talking about Doug Baldwin, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, so I think its fun for me.

On how he knows the team is on track for Sunday:

The intensity at practice is the same as its been. Im sure today will be another intense day going hard, guys going after it. You dont see nervousness in guys eyes. You dont see guys acting any different than they would on any other day or any other week of the season. Theyre going out there and following the same routine as they have all season long. You just get the sense that guys are comfortable in the situation and comfortable in the moment because you dont really think about the moment.

On this games impact on the defenses legacy:

I think well take it as a challenge, obviously. We want to go out there and perform just like he (Manning) wants to go out there and perform, and I think these are the two best teams in the NFL and the best quarterback in maybe NFL history. Its going to be a tremendous challenge for both sides, and I think thats what makes the game so big. Thats what makes the game so fun. Its going to be great for the fans, great for the NFL because you do have the best teams and some of the best players in the world going after each other. At the end of the day, somebody has to win, somebody has to lose.

On if he aims to cement this defenses legacy as one of the best in NFL history:

At all times but its not something you consciously think about going into a game like this. Its one of those things that after its all said and done, once all the chips have fallen, then maybe we will think about what this game meant to our legacy or what this game meant to his (Manning) legacy or this, that and the other. But I dont think, going into the game, its something that we consciously think about.

On the Seahawks' 24/7 mantra:

Its just a saying. Guys are accountable 24/7. Guys have to be accountable for their actions. Guys have to always abide by the rules, which we only have three: take care of the team, no whining/no complaining, and be early. Those are the simplest rules ever. But guys have really embraced it this year and really taken care of one another, made sure that we kept one another out of trouble and made good decisions all year long. Thats what it came out to. It came out in a meeting earlier in the season with all the nonsense that was going on, and guys really made a point to correct the mistakes that other guys had made and make sure theyre accountable for their actions.



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