Super Bowl matchup: Browner’s a target, too

Browner and refRight after the
Patriots won the AFC title game, Brandon Browner told reporters he had envisioned meeting his former Seattle teammates in the Super Bowl.

Now he apparently wants to hurt them — or maybe not. Either way, he might want to be more concerned about what the Hawks are going to do against him.

Browner stirred the controversy pot a bit Monday when he exhorted his teammates to try to further injure former Legion of Boom teammates Richard Sherman (sprained elbow) and Earl Thomas (dislocated shoulder).

“I’m going to tell my teammates, ‘Go hit that elbow, go hit that shoulder,”‘ Browner said in an interview with ESPN. “Hit it, yeah. Try to break it if you can.”

Sounds a little Saintly, doesn’t it, Gregg Williams?

The Seahawks didn’t take Browner too seriously, though. As Bobby Wagner said, “If somebody knows you’re weak in an area, they’re going to try to exploit it. I don’t think he meant it in a malicious way. … It’s just all competing. It’s just a competitive nature.”

At Super Bowl Media Day, Browner said he did not mean the comment literally.

When you consider how Browner himself plays, the comment was not really that surprising. At 6 feet 4 and 221 pounds, he’s a physical corner who likes to maul opposing receivers. It’s what the Seahawks loved about him — and also what often was so galling about him.

Considering how many flags Browner draws, he really is named after the wrong color.

Not much has changed, either: He was called for a league-high 17 penalties this season (14 accepted) in just nine games. You can bet the Seahawks are fully aware of that and plan to exploit it.

As Doug Baldwin said, “I believe that you find whatever edge you can or whatever weakness your opponent has and you try to take advantage of it so you can take the upper hand.”

The Seahawks are going to run the ball — it’s what they do better than anyone — but you can bet they will go deep on Browner a couple of times.

Despite having Darrelle Revis on the other side of Browner, the Patriots have been burned through the air several times recently.

In their Week 13 loss at Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers threw for 368 yards as the Packers held the ball for 37 minutes and won 26-21.

In the Patriots’ 35-31 playoff win over Baltimore, Joe Flacco threw for 292 yards and four touchdowns as the Ravens twice led by 14 points.

So Browner can joke about targeting Sherman and Thomas, but he won’t think it’s so funny when the Seahawks use his weaknesses against him.


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