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Richard Sherman feels most would love having the Seahawks' 2015 defense

Richard Sherman and the Seahawks were near the top of the defensive charts again last season. Elaine Thompson/AP

RENTON, Wash. -- Earlier this offseason, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and his fiancee became parents for the second time, welcoming daughter Avery to the world in April.

Sherman has been as energetic as ever during OTAs but acknowledged Wednesday that he's been running on fumes at times.

"Three hours of sleep last night," Sherman said. "Two kids of your own. One’s kicking you in the back of the head, the other’s screaming. It’s one-on-one coverage, I’ll tell you what. If they say I don’t play man-to-man, c’mon now. Let ‘em say I don’t play man-to-man now.

"When you have two kids, you’ve got to give them equal love. Sometimes you have two, two on one when the mom has to go to the bathroom. But that’s about the only time I’m taking both."

Sherman is entering his sixth NFL season, and last year was the first time since 2011 that he didn't earn first-team All-Pro honors. Sherman's interceptions were down, but he was asked to shadow opposing No. 1 wide receivers more than ever before and did an excellent job.

"I thought I had a pretty good year," Sherman said. "Obviously dropped three or four picks, so gotta clean that up. But yeah, I felt like I had a good year."

Overall, the Seahawks finished fourth in defensive efficiency and third against the pass, according to Football Outsiders' rankings.

There were letdowns and instability at times. Kam Chancellor held out the first two weeks. Cary Williams started 10 games at right cornerback before being released. Despite all that, the Seahawks still ended up allowing the fewest points in the league for the fourth straight season.

"An off year for us is being what, No. 2 in pass defense and No. 2 in total yards? That’s a bad year for us," Sherman said. "For most people, they’d give their left arm to have our defense. But for our standard and what we do, being the No. 2 pass defense and being the No. 1 scoring defense, being No. 1 in total yards, that’s an off year."

The Seahawks return nine of 11 starters from the group that finished last season, having lost nose tackle Brandon Mebane and linebacker Bruce Irvin in free agency.

After two consecutive trips to the Super Bowl, the Seahawks fell to the Carolina Panthers in the divisional round, but Sherman was upbeat when asked about his feelings going into 2016.

"Guys just come back renewed," he said. "We had two years of going to the wire, and you beat your body up to a certain degree playing that long. This year, we got two, three extra weeks off. That does a lot for the mentality and the body and just let your body rest. You always want to make it to the Super Bowl and win it and do all that. But there was a silver lining of sorts in not making it last year and letting guys rest their bodies and their minds. Because there’s a lot of football on your body after awhile, so guys got to heal."