For someone who got schooled by Richard Sherman in the NFC championship, Colin Kaepernick sure does have a lot to say about his NFC West rival. Bart Hubbuch of The New York Post had an exclusive talk with the San Francisco 49ers quarterback in which Kaepernick unloaded on Sherman, almost as if the QB forgot what happened 11 days ago in Seattle.
Colin Kaepernick on Sherman: "His comments were ridiculous. If you have to tell people how good you are, then how good are you really?"— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) January 30, 2014
This is a perfect critique of Sherman. It serves as both a backhanded insult of his skills and a tacit diss of his ego. If Kaepernick had just said this, he’d have come out looking great. It’d show he’s not cowed by an interception or loss and that he’s a confident player who’s going to come back strong next year. Unfortunately, Kaepernick continued, talking about the choke sign Sherman made in his direction after the game.
“Did that make you feel better about yourself? Then go ahead. Because I’m not worried about you.”
It’s cool that you’re not worried, Colin, but maybe you should be. The 49ers went 1-2 against Seattle this year. In the championship game, Kaepernick spent all game avoiding Sherman and then when he tried to beat the Seahawks corner to the end zone, Sherman made a great play to seal the game for his Seahawks. There’s a fine line between bravery and delusion. Kaepernick chooses to view that glass as half-full, however.
“If I throw that ball one foot farther, it’s a TD and now you’re the goat, Richard Sherman.”
And if my grandmother had wheels, she’d be a bicycle. What’s your point, Colin? It’s always game of inches. If teams were allowed to play the “if” game, they’d have to make a half-dozen Lombardi trophies every year. You made a bad play, Sherman made a great one. He won, you lost. Period. Any other interpretation of that play comes off like sour grapes.
“He’s afraid of our receivers, and that’s something I’m looking forward to [exploiting] next year.”
Here we go. Kaepernick says something that’s possibly true, can’t be fully rebutted and sets the stage for two epic games next season. For now, accept that Richard Sherman beat you.