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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