Richard Sherman is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL right now. In my opinion, he is second only to the Patriots very own Darrelle Revis. Sherman’s off the field antics have become legendary (“I’m the best corner in the game!”), but after all of that, we have to remember that he can actually play some damn good football.
Yesterday Sherman spoke with Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, and they touched on the Pats secondary, and where it ranks among the best in the league.
“Man, I think they improved tremendously,” Sherman said. “They knew what they wanted to do and went out and got the best players available, and some of the best players in the football league to do what they need them to do. I think they’re going to have specific roles for each one of them, specific role for Darrelle and specific role for Brandon that is going to allow their talent to shine. I think they’ll definitely be a top 2, top-3 secondary in football.”
I agree with Sherman, although I think New England easily has the the second best secondary in the NFL, behind his Seahawks. The only reason I have Seattle ahead of them is because of the safeties.
Devin McCourty and Earl Thomas are both great players, so they cancel each other out. However the second safety is where the Seahawks separate themselves from the Patriots. Kam Chancellor is much better than Duron Harmon, so until Bill Belichick can upgrade that second safety position, Seattle will hold the edge over New England.
But as Sherman said, the Pats made a huge upgrade in the back end this year, as they have gone from worst in the league, to best in the league almost overnight. It will be fun to watch our team play with an actual defense this year, as that has been something missing from this squad for a long time.