SANTA CLARA — I asked Richard Sherman a couple questions about Robert Saleh Monday in the locker room. Here’s what Sherman said.
ME: Does Robert Saleh strike you as a future head coach?
SHERMAN: “He 100-percent does. I don’t get to call those shots but, if people are being smart, they will understand how prepared he is. If he ever gets a shot to interview for a head-coaching job, he’ll blow them away.”
ME: In that interview, what impression would he create?
SHERMAN: “That he’s a football genius. He understands the ins and outs and the nuances not only of coverage, but of friggin’ the play of the front seven, the offensive line, friggin’ their protections, which whey they slide, whether it’s 2-Jet, 3-Jet, 200-Jet, 300-Jet, quarterback drops, what they mean, third-down defense, whether it’s third and two to three, four to six, etc., etc. His preparation is so meticulous, it’s ridiculous.”
Q: You don’t have to be a football genius to be a head coach. You have to be a people genius.
SHERMAN: “Right. And that’s what I think he has been better at. Everybody has their different strengths and weaknesses. He’s much better at relating to people and relating to his team and having a feel for a team, because he has been around so many great coaches in Kyle and Pete Carrroll and Ken Norton and friggin’ Gus Bradley, Kris Richard – he has been around guys who have been great at dealing with players and people, and I think he has taken snippets from each of them.”