Richard Sherman no longer thinks A.J. Green is overrated

Richard Sherman has a vastly different opinion of A.J. Green than he did when they first crossed paths in the NFL. Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY

RENTON, Wash. -- Apparently, Richard Sherman's opinion of A.J. Green has changed over the past four years.

In 2011, after Sherman made his first NFL start against the Bengals, he told Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR-AM that the Bengals wide receiver was overrated.

"I would say he's probably one of the most overrated receivers out there," Sherman said at the time. "He wasn't anything special. [Andy] Dalton was a good quarterback. He makes good decisions, but A.J. Green is just a lot of noise talking and bad routes."

Sherman laughed Wednesday when reminded of his comments.

"I remember that," he said. "I remember that. That was my first game, wasn’t it? I have a ton of respect for him. Obviously, I was hyped up that day, I’m always hyped up after the game. We’ve had conversations, and his resume speaks for itself. He’s had a fantastic four or five years since we’ve played him, so you have to give him all the respect."

In that meeting four years ago, Green was held to four catches for 63 yards. This year, Green is fourth in the NFL with 417 receiving yards and is averaging 16.7 yards per reception.

The Seahawks' defense, meanwhile, has allowed one field goal and no touchdowns in the past two games. Seattle has forced punts on 18 of its last 20 possessions.

Sherman and cornerback Cary Williams generally play the left side and right side, respectively, so Green figures to get matched up with both cornerbacks throughout Sunday's game.