Richard Sherman explains Seahawks' 'kick-step' technique

Here's a roundup of Seattle Seahawks-related links.

In a column for The Players' Tribune, Richard Sherman explains the technique Seahawks cornerbacks use:

The technique we use in Seattle is a little different. Ours is more of a true press. Some people call it a read-step, or a kick-step. The real difference is that it’s more aggressive than soft-shoeing. Instead of backpedaling and mirroring the receiver, we stand in there. We don’t give. We don’t take a step until the receiver’s first movement, and then we kick back in the direction the receiver releases. If you guess wrong, and you kick the wrong way, you’re kind of done. You’ll have a lot of ground to make up. So that instinctive first step at the line of scrimmage is crucial.

Jayson Jenks of The Seattle Times explores a theory on why Marshawn Lynch used to play specific songs in the locker room when the media walked in:

A theory emerged among his teammates: When the khaki-and-plaid media mob entered the locker room, Lynch would take notice and blast his dirtiest songs, thus creating a nice audio backdrop when reporters listened to their interview recordings later that day. (Full disclosure: I am, in fact, wearing khakis and plaid).

“As soon as he saw you,” [Bobby] Wagner said, “that’s when he turned it on.”

In a 710 ESPN Seattle column, John Clayton looks at the matchup between Seahawks CB Jeremy Lane and Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu:

Sanu was a nice free-agent pickup for the Falcons. He’s 6 foot 2, 210 pounds and works well out of the slot. This season he has 16 catches for 195 yards and a touchdown. Lane continues to evolve as a talented slot cornerback. This season, he’s only been thrown at 13 times, limited receivers to eight catches for 87 yards. It will be interesting to see what formations the Falcons call. When two receivers are on the field, the Seahawks tend to go with Sherman and DeShawn Shead. The Falcons only line up in three-receiver sets on average 23 times a game. They go with two-back sets 19 times and two tight end sets 18.4 times a game. The Falcons could scheme Lane off the field.