Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is the best in the game as he puts it. Hey, if you made the game-winning play that sent your team to Super Bowl XLVIII, you’d say the same.
However, Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall doesn’t think that’s completely accurate.
Talking with 106.7 The Fan Hall earlier this week, Hall gave credit where credit is due, admitting that Sherman’s numbers are “amazing”, but came up short on declaring him the best. Hall said:
“To say he’s the best corner in the game is a little bit, um … I guess screwed. But you can’t deny Richard Sherman’s numbers.”
Hall is right.
In fact, I’ll go even further to say that if you compare Hall’s numbers to Sherman’s it takes a lot of thunder out of Sherman’s current media storm of being the best. Yes, I know the Redskins didn’t make it to the postseason and had a horrible regular season. However, Sherman’s performance is just as absent on the postseason defensive stats. Sherman’s performance against the San Francisco 49ers consisted of two assisted tackles and one pass defended (the big one). While Sherman does reign at the top spot in the regular season, don’t be too impressed with that. Ranked No. 11, Hall’s numbers are just as close:
Hall finished the 2013 NFL season with 57 tackles, 19 more than Sherman.
Hall had more combined tackles (78) to Sherman’s 49.
Hall was only three off in the passes defended category compared to Sherman (18).
Sherman had 76 more yards intercepted, but Hall had two touchdowns to Sherman’s one and three forced fumbles to Sherman’s zero.
To be fair, Sherman has been in the top five the past two seasons, unlike Hall.
Sherman made one play that sent his team to the Super Bowl. He stepped up when he was needed, especially when 49ers quarterback Colin Kapernick had made wide receiver Michael Crabtree the target of the evening.
I may be a sideline hater for saying this, but it’s easy to say that Sherman was in the right place at the right time to make the right play. Statistically, he’s the best. Overall, he doesn’t dominate.
Ricky Allen is a Washington Redskins writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @UltimateRedskin