They played nice for a while. But then the money upped the stakes as did the success of both teams, and it was probably inevitable Patrick Peterson and Richard Sherman would go back and forth about who was a better cornerback. Certainly it is always true for Sherman, who has made it clear he is willing to talk — and often — about everything. Much of the time it is to pound his chest about how good he is. For a while, Peterson decided to be much more low key about things, although it didn’t take long talking to him that he was supremely confident in his own abilities.
Then Sherman got his huge contract extension and Peterson is in line for one himself and naturally, that has led to talk about who is better because it stands to reason Peterson wants more than Sherman got and shouldn’t that only happen if he is better?
The latest back-and-forth came when Peterson talked about Sherman and the Seahawks’ scheme compared to the Cardinals, all on Arizona Sports 98.7 during the Bickley and Marotta show.
“If you look at their scheme and you look at our scheme, he’s a Cover-3 corner, period,” Peterson told the station. “A lot of guys say he’s a shutdown corner, but if you look at film and guys who understand the game, go back and look at film and see how his defense is. 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.”
That, not surprisingly, got national attention. And Sherman’s attention.
@PFF_Pete this kid gave up as many Tds this year as I have in my career. He wouldn’t last in our system bcuz he gives up too many Tds
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) May 22, 2014
(I do enjoy Sherman calling Peterson “this kid.” They were both in the 2011 draft.)
Look, Peterson is going to believe he is the best. He does anyway but does it make sense for him to defer to Sherman when that could be a factor in contract talks? Obviously, there are things Sherman has that Peterson wants, like a Super Bowl title and, in many eyes, that top CB title.
Certainly, Sherman is going to believe he is the best. He does anyway and he doesn’t want anyone infringing on that piece of real estate he has so loudly tried to conquer. Peterson has some things Sherman is trying hard to make up for, like a top-five pick status (Sherman was a fifth-rounder in 2011) and some serious popularity. Sherman has made big inroads there, but the way he has gone about announcing his presence with authority has gotten him plenty of critics. Peterson, meanwhile, has taken more of the Larry Fitzgerald road to Q rating.
If nothing else, it adds another layer to the NFC West. Like the powerhouse division needs another subplot.
Never forget though, this is about raising each of their profiles as much as anything. I can’t see why they wouldn’t still trade jerseys or hug it out if they saw each other. Right?
UPDATE: But wait, there’s more:
@RealPeterson21 wideouts regularly have career days on u. They ask u to stop them. Not let them score at will.
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) May 23, 2014
Tags: Patrick Peterson, Richard Sherman
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