Who is the best cornerback in the NFL?
This question could stir up more discussion than who is the better quarterback nowadays, mainly because of off the field arguments from the players themselves. Richard Sherman and Patrick Peterson have gotten into it this offseason, which just continues a trend of words speaking more than actions a little bit.
Lost amid this conversation between these two players is Darrelle Revis, who at one time was considered to be the best in the game without a doubt. Revis underwent knee surgery after the 2012 season, and had a decent comeback campaign last year in Tampa Bay.
Some say that he must to use this time in New England as a chance to prove that he is the best once again, but he doesn’t feel that way.
When asked if he feels like he has to prove he is the best this year: (From Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe)
"“No, I don’t feel like I have to prove nothing to anybody. The only thing I have to prove is to my teammates, that I’m there for them and I’m there to win games and help us win,” he said. “All that other stuff, it really don’t matter. It really doesn’t. Anybody can say anything; it is what it is. I respect all those guys, I really do. I respect them all.”"
I don’t buy this for one second. Darrelle Revis is an extremely competitive guy, and I think he really wants to prove to the other corners in this league that he is still king.
But that is not what he said, and that speaks volumes to me. He knows that in New England, it is about the team, and not the individual. If Revis wants to show Richard Sherman that he is still better, that is fine, just do it on the field.
Revis has had plenty of time to get back to 100% after his knee surgery, and with the added motivation of playing on a winning squad (and a legendary coach), I think Revis will blow away the competition this year, and prove once again that he is number one.