Oct 6, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) looks on during the first half against the Carolina Panthers at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Peterson: ‘I don’t believe’ Sherman is a shutdown corner


Arizona Cardinals corner Patrick Peterson hasn’t been shy discussing his doubt in Richard Sherman‘s ability to be a shutdown corner.

On Thursday, while speaking with Arizona Sports 98.7 FMhe continued to take jabs at the All-Pro Seahawk who has already asked America not to ever talk about him.

“I don’t want to get into a debate as far as getting the stats that he has and things like that,” Peterson said. “Obviously his job is much easier than mine.”

Peterson said he believes that since Arizona’s defensive scheme focuses on man-to-man coverage and Seattle’s doesn’t, Peterson’s job is more complicated than Sherman’s.

“[H]e’s only covering space, he’s not really covering a guy,” he said. “At the end of the day he has great stats, he has great playmaking ability — I’m 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.”

Last week, Peterson made more comments about Sherman (this time about his contract extension) and Sherman didn’t take long to respond on Twitter:

Peterson was obviously still not impressed.

“I believe if you put him in our system, I don’t think he’d be able to last, honestly, because I’m asked to do much more than he is,” he said.

Both Peterson and Sherman entered the league in 2011 and in head-to-head comparisons, the two have had very similar statistics.

Player
Games
Tackles
Assisted Tackles
Interceptions
Forced Fumbles
Richard Sherman4814135204
Patrick Peterson4815110120

Sherman does have at least one thing Peterson doesn’t have — a ring.

As was predicted, Sherman didn’t take long to respond to Peterson’s comments:

The saga of the “rivalry” between these two continues. We’ll see if Peterson can continue to back up his talk next season.


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  • Ron Grummer

    Patrick who?

  • Mechguy

    Talk to the hand . The one with the Superbowl ring on it.

  • 12th Man

    Let’s halt the Twitter duel. The real competition is on 11/23 @ Seattle and 12/21 @ Phoenix. The results will be available immediately.

  • Peter Smith

    So many thoughts…

    The first one, how come the stats don’t matter?? Isn’t that representative of what happens on the field? Tackles, interceptions, receptions, and targets? Aren’t those the things we see in passing plays? If they don’t matter, then what really does? I know Peterson is jockeying for a big contract, but give me something palatable to use for a comparison of who deserves to be paid the most.

    And maybe this is a subconscious element to Peterson, but am I the only reading into this that… Peterson thinks he would do better, look better, with the Seahawks defensive schemes?? Hmmm, “Sherman’s job is easier than mine”, and he has better stats because of it, and the Seahawks pass defense was one for the history books…. but I prefer this “complex” scheme that doesn’t work as well, and makes me look worse… no really, I prefer it. Because… because… I’m a better man-to-man cover corner, or so I say. For a new contract.

    There’s no question Peterson is an elite CB, and that he’s reaching for the stars in a new contract, so he’ll say anything to get what he wants, but come on… you’re building a bridge that you’re burning at the same time, at least in the eyes of anyone intelligent enough to read between the lines and see what’s really going on (i.e. he’s playing for an inferior defensive schematic that therefore makes him look bad, by comparison to Sherman; or, he’s simply not as good as Sherman – either way he wishes he was Sherman, but he’s not willing to say it).

    And don’t get me wrong, the Cardinals defense is top notch overall… so maybe the schemes aren’t the problem. So why do Peterson’s stat lines not make him look like the best then? I mean is it the schemes, or is it the player?