Richard Sherman responds to Patrick Peterson
Arizona Cardinals’ cornerback Patrick Peterson raised eyebrows during a recent interview, when he said Richard Sherman isn’t a true shutdown corner that wouldn’t last if he were asked to do what Peterson does in the Cardinals’ scheme:
“A lot of guys say he’s a shutdown corner. But if you look at film and guys who understand the game, go back and look at film and see how his defense is. I believe that if you put him in our system, I don’t believe he’ll be able to last, honestly. Because I actually do much more than he is (doing).”
“I guess that’s what the fans — and everything like that — they see he’s got tons and tons of interceptions,” Peterson said. “And that’s all fine and dandy, but he’s only covering space. He’s not really covering a guy.
“So at the end of the day, he has great stats. 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 think he’s that.”
Sherman, who has never been one to back down from a battle when talking about who the best in the league is, fired back at Peterson on Twitter by pulling out the stat book:
Lockdown everywhere but the field pic.twitter.com/5vUyyhNIvn
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) May 23, 2014
Numbers don’t tell the whole story, however. Sherman plays on a defense where there’s elite players at every position. Seattle’s front seven wreaks havoc. They get sacks, stop the run, and make Sherman’s job easier with consistent third and longs. Peterson is 100% right when he says his job is tougher, but I don’t think that means Sherman isn’t a shutdown corner either.
If you had to pick Peterson or Sherman for your defense, who would you take?