"Richard Sherman is not the best cornerback in the NFL because he isn't forced to cover the opposing team's best wide receiver week in and week out."
That's an argument that has been made time and time again over the last couple seasons. Sherman has tried to assume the role of the best cover corner in the league. But every time he does, someone comes along and brings up the fact that he can't have that title since he doesn't always cover the other team's best player.
Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie is the latest person to do it. Earlier today, he was asked who the best corner in the league is. He said his teammate Darrelle Revis. And then, he listed all the reasons why Sherman shouldn't be mentioned in the same sentence as Revis.
"Go play in a defense where you don't have two All-Pro safeties," Cromartie said during an interview on SiriusXM. "Go follow the No. 1 receiver. Follow him around for a whole entire game and see what you can do. Darrelle Revis has done it his whole career. I've done it, Patrick Peterson has done it, Joe Haden has done it. He's the only defensive back that hasn't. There's no point in critiquing him. If you want to label yourself as the best corner in the NFL, follow the best guy on every single team. His whole thing will be, 'We don't have to do that, I have my trust in the other corner on the other side.' That's not the point. If you want to consider yourself the best, the best do what the best do and they follow around the best. And that's what we're all getting to."
So far, Sherman hasn't responded to Cromartie. But we wouldn't expect that to last for long. In the meantime, you can listen to Cromartie's comments below:
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[via Pro Football Talk]