"They're the guys who find themselves covering Michael Crabtree or Anquan Boldin in the NFC Championship Game, and sometimes they make the difference between winning and losing," Sherman wrote. "For the Seahawks, Byron Maxwell is that guy. And he's one of the many reasons I believe we'll not only survive, but also dominate on our way to the Super Bowl."
Just because Sherman won't request to shadow Crabtree or Boldin doesn't mean that Seattle won't decide it's the best course of action.
We've already pointed out that Maxwell can be an X-factor for the Seahawks. His physical play, coupled with the fact that the 49ers could target him often, will put the corner in a position to make plays.
Reading Sherman's breakdown of Maxwell, the Seahawks clearly have faith that the third-year pro, with just six starts under his belt, will hold up just fine under the pressures of the NFC Championship Game.
We have little reason to disagree with that assessment.