Richard Sherman appears to mock Josh Norman over devastating stiff-arm


Bills cornerback Josh Norman's infamous stiff-arming at the hands of Titans bruiser Derrick Henry appears to have come to the attention of one of the NFL's preeminent trash talkers.

49ers cornerback Richard Sherman was recently asked about the daunting task of tackling the hulking Henry -- and he seemed to slip in a barb at Norman, a fellow veteran star defensive back with a penchant for taunting his opponents.

Sherman, during an appearance on Cris Collinsworth's podcast, appeared to reference the devastating stiff-arm Henry delivered to Norman during the Titans' Week 5 win over Buffalo.

"He didn't catch me with a stiff-arm," Sherman said of his past encounters with Henry. "He definitely didn't catch me with a stiff-arm that threw me across the field."

Collinsworth then suggested the easiest way to take down the 6-foot-3, 250-pound Henry would be with finesse and nuance -- a "rope-a-dope" strategy.

But Sherman disagreed.

"You've just got to commit," Sherman said. "You've got to do the opposite. You can't play the game with him. You can't line him up and say, 'I'm going to punch at the ball, knock his hand down.'

"Full speed, no hesitation. Hit him in his thigh board, and don't stop running your feet. And even then -- once you wrap up -- even then, he may run through it."

Henry is on his way to another big year for Tennessee, leading the league in rushing yards through Week 6 despite having played only five games. He also had six rushing scores, to go along with an average of 4.8 yards per carry.

As Sherman said, his straight-arm sent Norman airborne in what can only be characterized as a classic tackling mismatch. Henry enjoys at least a 50-pound advantage over Norman, who is measured at 200 pounds and made his chops first and foremost as a cover corner.

Though he's far from Henry's first victim, the unfortunate episode for Norman spurred all kinds of memes and reactions on social media that he'd probably rather forget about.

But there was Sherman, sure to remind him.

Sherman, meanwhile, was ruled out through Week 11, which is the 49ers' bye week. The 32-year-old veteran has been out since Week 1 with a calf strain.