San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been chatting with a variety of media sources this week, and naturally, Richard Sherman has been one topic of conversation. Kap has had some fairly pointed comments about Richard Sherman, and naturally the national media is eating it up.
Kap spoke with Deadspin Wednesday night, and New York Post columnist Bart Hubbuch today. I normally wouldn't want to give Hubbuch's twitter column a link, but if you want to see a national media member making an ass of himself with his whining and complaining, he's your guy. He's been especially pissy about Marshawn Lynch not providing enough media access, and anybody who challenges him on that clearly does not understand anything. It's a good time for the whole family!
Kap also went on KNBR later Thursday morning. He told KNBR that Richard Sherman's comments about a "mediocre" Michael Crabtree were ridiculous. In all of his comments this week, it's clear he is looking forward to the next time these two teams meet up.
None of this is really surprising. Both Kap and Sherman are very confident individuals. Kap is not one to provide a whole lot of fodder for the media, so I can see how this might surprise some people out there. But should it really matter? Some people want their athletes to keep quiet and keep it on the field, and I think that's certainly reasonable. But I don't think that it's necessarily the end of the world for an athlete to make this kind of thing clear. Of course, when the media use phrases like, "unloads on Richard Sherman with both barrels" (unloads was used quite frequently), of course it will get the masses into a "rabble rabble" frenzy
The 49ers lost, so obviously there is something to be said for that, but Kap was asked about Sherman. He was asked about this issue. He could have given a much more non-descript answer, but in reality he was in a no-win situation. If he continues to say nothing, columnists will complain about it. If he says something with a little extra added on to it, columnists will jump on it as a huge story.
All I care about is what he gets done on the field on Sunday. I do like a quarterback with a certain swagger to him. He needs to back it up on the field, but I have confidence that he can. And this only adds to what is already a fierce rivalry between the 49ers and Seahawks. This story will die down in the coming weeks, but when the 2014 season approaches and we reach the first 49ers-Seahawks game, this will be re-hashed over and over again.
Is there any doubt that at least one of the two 49ers-Seahawks games will be on prime time next year?