The Arizona Cardinals went to Levi’s Stadium on Sunday and overturned the defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers 24-20. In response to the February Super Bowl loss, it was not the beginning for Richard Sherman and his team in what they hoped would be a bounce-back season.Sherman was asked after the game what the 49ers could extract from the loss, and what that might mean for the team going forward.
“It just comes down to executing the vibe,” Sherman replied. “Whenever you play, we get knocked over by some things, some communication things we have to do better, but I think we feel good where we are.
He said, “He played well. He made some plays in the end. [Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray] Made some plays with his legs that made it tough and compromised the defense. But I think it was a great learning experience for everyone, and it will help us in the future. ”
The 49ers head in a two-game road stretch against the New York Jets and Giants. The team will travel to the East Coast next weekend for the first road game, and then stay the week and practice at Greenbriar in West Virginia before the second consecutive game at MetLife Stadium.
For Arizona, it was not just the athletic Murray that the 49ers had to deal with. San Francisco had to figure out a way to stop new Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who guarded the No. 1 pass for 151 yards on 14 catches last year.
Despite the flamboyant stats, the 49ers veteran cornerback did not feel that Hopkins changed the Cardinals too much.
“Honestly, he didn’t bring much different than what was already going on,” Sherman told reporters. “He is more definitely handed over. He is a man who is going to make plays happening there, take part in the competition, but it was not like they put in new wrinkles for him, and said, ‘ Hey, we’re just going to tear him apart, and give him the ball. ‘”Even last year, when they had the same one for X, where they were going. So it didn’t matter whether it’s DeAndre Hopkins or Keyshawn Johnson or Larry FitzGerald or (Christian) Kirk, it’s kind of like that. The offense is there. The run. In that regard, he is just a big-time playwright whom they have on one occasion that they use often. ”
Despite stating that Sunday provided an opportunity to “knock out the war”, Sherman insisted that the lack of presidency did not contribute to the 49ers’ performance on Sunday.
“I don’t think coping today was the big issue,” Sherman said. “I think there was communication, there were some flaws in it, that we just got to clean up.”
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