Darrell Revis suffered a season-ending injury early in the 2012 season. Shortly after that season’s Super Bowl, Richard Sherman declared himself to be the best cornerback, and Revis shot back “Sit down young pup & wait your turn”. Just as the 2013 season was about to start, Revis further said, “You’ve got to earn it.”
Well…Sherman didn’t sit and wait his turn as advised. And he earned it.
Of course, some people have a problem with Sherman being regarded as the best cornerback. For example, they like to say that Sherman doesn’t play man-to-man, and doesn’t cover the #1 wide-receiver…like he did during Week 2, limiting Anquan Boldin to just one reception for 7 yards (right after a Week 1 performance of 13 receptions for 208 yards and a touchdown). Sherman plays in a system, and it’s a system designed to completely shut down…ok, humiliate…a historic NFL offense.
As the quiet period of the NFL drags on, writers gotta write about something. So Bucky Brooks at NFL.com listed his best cornerbacks, placing Sherman in the (rightful) spot of #1. But then his list quickly falls apart…in my suckable opinion, of course.
He listed Patrick Peterson as #2. A guy who had his worst season last year, allowing a Passer Rating of 91.3. A guy who got burned for seven touchdowns, and only had two interceptions. A guy whose best year isn’t as good as Sherman’s worst year.
Of course, some people have a problem with Peterson being ranked below Sherman. For example, they like to say that Peterson is an athletic freak, he’s “asked” to follow the #1 wide-receiver in every game, and he’s got a lot of future potential to be one of the best ever. He should be ranked #1.
But c’mon…”future potential”? This is the “show me now” league, the “what have you done for me lately” league. And so far, there are at least three unmentioned cornerbacks besides Sherman *cough* Joe Haden *cough* who had superior numbers to Peterson over the last three years.
So sit down Bucky, and ice up, son. Peterson hasn’t earned it.
Hmmm…not sure if Crabtree is reciting “I’m a Little Teapot” or insisting that Sherman put a ring on it…