How Denver will attack Sherman

A look at the Seattle CB's strengths, weaknesses and a game plan for Sunday

Updated: January 29, 2014, 9:20 AM ET
By Gary Horton | ESPN Insider

Seattle SeahawksLui Kit Wong/Tacoma News Tribune/Getty ImagesRichard Sherman is a tough cornerback to beat in man coverage.
The cornerback position is very difficult to play in today's NFL, particularly with so many rules favoring offenses. And although the Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman is more popular this week as an interview subject than anything else, he's undoubtedly one of the best cornerbacks playing the game today, and it's his play on the field that is more interesting and applicable to the outcome of Super Bowl XLVIII. At least to me.

I went back to the film room to dissect what makes Sherman so good, what weaknesses he has and how the Denver Broncos should attack him on Sunday.

What makes Sherman special

Sherman has every physical trait that you look for in an elite NFL corner. He has great size (6-foot-3), good speed, length and the ability to elevate and he changes direction with fluidity. He seems to be most comfortable when he is playing aggressive man schemes where he can get in the receiver's face and use his excellent hands (and length) to disrupt the receiver's route. Sherman has a strong punch and he really works to guide receivers where he wants them to go by taking away other route options. 

For example, if he wants to funnel the receiver inside

Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.