Since last NFL season, the feud between Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis has still not been put to rest after an exchange of words via twitter and the media. Sherman claimed to be the “best corner in the NFL” after Revis sat out most of last season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
Revis recently stated that “[Sherman] needs to quit attaching his career to my career”, according to Josh Alper of NBC Sports. It is hard to agree with Revis, though. The new Bucs corner has been one of the NFL’s best shutdown corners for the past three seasons, excluding last season due to injury. As the best, you set the standard as a player for every other player around you to reach. Revis should want a target on his back to help him stay on his game and maintain a high level of play. Revis should be somewhat flattered that Sherman is looking up to him and wanting to be a shutdown corner like him.
The ex-Stanford cornerback finished last season with a combined 64 tackles, 24 pass deflections, eight interceptions, three forced fumbles and one defensive touchdown. Revis has never had more than six interceptions, which was in 2009. The ex-New York Jet only had over 60 tackles his rookie season in 2007 with 87, but the lack of forcing turnovers in Revis’ case could contribute to the fact that a lot of teams intelligently throw away from him.
But all in all the competition between these two young superstars is healthy. Competition brings out the best in players and shows who will prevail and who will fall. Both corners have contributed to their team’s present and in Revis’ case past, defenses. But both players have something to prove.
For Sherman, he has to prove that he can be consistent for the Seahawks and continue to add swag and energy to that aggressive Seattle defense.
For Revis, he has to prove that he is still the player he used to be a couple of seasons ago after season ending knee surgery. He is also with a new team playing for the Buccaneers, which means he has to adjust to a new scheme and playing with new teammates. Revis also has not played a down in the 2013 preseason.