Seattle Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman had his way with Colin Kaepernick and Michael Crabtree when the Seahawks were stepping over the San Francisco 49ers into the Super Bowl.
One record-setting Bears wide receiver doesn’t think Sherman will fare anywhere near as well with Peyton Manning when Sherman faces the Denver Broncos on Feb. 2. The reason is that Manning doesn’t make the kind of mistake – a pass without proper arc – that Kaepernick made that resulted in a game-defining interception for Sherman.
“[Sherman] plays the ball well,” said Marcus Robinson, who set the Bears franchise record in 1999 with 1,400 receiving yards despite starting just 11 games.
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“But when he turns his back, when he’s watching the football, who’s behind him? Me. So in a jump-ball situation, I’m going to shove him in the back a little and go up and push him forward.
“And I think in the Super Bowl, he’s going to have a time with Peyton Manning putting big arcs on the ball… . [Sherman] is going to be looking back and that ball is going over your head and that receiver’s right there. We’ll see how that’s going to pan out for him.”
Robinson, who operates an Elgin-based training facility and program for high school athletes as well as adults working on getting back to their own active roots, was not taken with Sherman’s post-game interview outburst. But he understood some of its roots.
“He’s a fifth-round pick so he’s got a chip on his shoulder already, something to prove, and he got over-emotional,” said Robinson, himself a fourth-round pick in the 1997 draft.
“But let’s think about this: What if that was Chad Johnson and he had scored that game-winning touchdown? What would he have done? He’d have done something crazy, out of control. But that’s what happens sometimes.
“I think [Sherman] took it a little too far, especially after he just beat Crabtree… . [Patting Crabtree on the butt} That was rubbing it in his face. No matter what he says, that was rubbing it in [Crabtree’s] face.”
Robinson, playing at 6-3, 220 pounds, was the Bears’ Alshon Jeffery/Brandon Marshall before Jeffery or Marshall had even started high school. Like Jeffrey, Robinson was out of the University of South Carolina and the franchise receiving-yardage mark until 2012 when Brandon Marshall posted 1,508, followed by Alshon Jeffery’s 1,421 this season.
“As far as the record is concerned, it’s an up-and-down feeling,” Robinson said. “You would want the record to stay, but you’re happy for that guy to break it. It’s a little in-between.”
“They started the whole season; I started 11 games. So it’s a little different.”
“Every day, every Sunday you watch football, you think you can do it,” Robinson said, laughing. “Now, going through practice, that’s a different question. But can I go out there and give them two plays on the goal line? Absolutely.”
So if Bears GM Phil Emery was on the line, would you take the call?
“I would take his call.”