Patrick Peterson: ‘Richard Sherman is no shutdown cornerback’

  • Marcus Burnan

Earlier this month, Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson was involved in a mini-war of words withe Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.  Said Peterson on a radio interview with a Phoenix sports station on May 12th.

“I believe if you put him in our system I don’t think he’d be able to last, honestly,” Peterson said on “The Bickley Show with Vince Marotta” on Arizona Sports 98.7 in Phoenix. “I actually do much more than he is.”

Sherman responded with a tweet showing that he was the least targeted cornerback with more interceptions.

On Thursday, Peterson added some weight to his comments in another interview, saying Sherman was a ‘space filler’ and not a real shutdown cornerback.

“I don’t want to get into that debate as far as the stats that he has and things he has,” Peterson said. “Obviously, his job is definitely much easier than mine. If you look at their scheme and look at our scheme, he’s a Cover 3 corner. Period.”

“He’s only covering space. He’s not really covering a guy,” Peterson said. “At the end of the day, he has great stats and he has great playmaking ability, not taking that away from him because he is a good corner.

“But as far as being a shutdown corner, man-to-man guy, in my eyes, I don’t believe he’s that.”

And Peterson is right.  I’m not being biased but he is.  Peterson plays both sides of the field against the number one wide receiver – be it Andre Johnson, Calvin Johnson, Julio Jones, or Steve Smith.  Sherman only plays his side of the field which means he lining up against the number two and three wide receivers.

It’s a little similar to the debate a few years ago as to whether Darrelle Revis (then of the New York Jets) was a better cornerback than Nnamdi Asomugha (then of the Oakland Raiders).  Revis was locking horns with the number one wide out while Asomugha was holding down his side of the field.

In Sherman’s defense though, he does have the interceptions.  WInning the turnover battle could be the difference between a loss and a win.  The Seahawks won the Super Bowl on the back of a great defense, and Sherman made a key interception against Michael Crabtree and the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game, so he must be doing something right.

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