Peterson and the “best” talk

Posted by Darren Urban on October 4, 2013 – 9:58 am

After Patrick Peterson made a pair of interceptions last week in Tampa, coach Bruce Arians called Peterson the best cornerback in the game. That shouldn’t come as a surprise.

It’s certainly a topic that has come up before. Peterson certainly has a lot of confidence in himself. Sometimes, he’s a little more vague about his place in the pecking order than others. Sometimes, he talks about being the best cornerback in the game or wanting to be the best cornerback in the game. It never sounds over-the-top. Most of the time, he sounds matter of fact. He said it on a recent appearance on’s daily video show.

“I definitely feel like I am the best corner in the game.  I just want to continue getting better every week,” Peterson said. “I believe if I do my job to the best of my ability, which is going out there and not letting the opponent’s number one receiver to get off and have a big game, I believe we have a big opportunity of winning the ball game.”

Peterson added that if can compete going against the opponent’s best receiver every game, “then there’s no question that you are the number one defensive back in the league.”

Of course, that’s debatable. There are plenty of backers of Darrelle Revis in Tampa and Richard Sherman in Seattle. Certainly, Sherman is excellent — although it would be interesting to swap these guys around into the different defenses for which they play and see if that impacts the play. Nevertheless, it doesn’t change the fact Peterson is one of the biggest keys on the defense. Nor the fact he aches to improve so that he can take some of the doubt out of such debates.

“He’s getting better and better, not that he wasn’t any good,” said Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith, against whom Peterson will most likely match up Sunday. “He has confidence in himself and his abilities, and why would he not? His play shows it.”


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15 Responses to “Peterson and the “best” talk”

  1. By John The Draft Guy on Oct 4, 2013 | Reply

    We all want to be the best at what we do.

    Wanting to be the best is a great thing. Every player on the team should have that attitude.

    Working at being the best is where some of us fall off. Peterson works to be the best. He doesn’t just want it. He does something about it. No exceptions for hard work. Going against Fitz everyday helps too.

    Believing your the best is great also. Deep inside, you have to feel you are better than your competition.

    I guess the last part is the issue I hate with many athletes today. Let others say you are the best. When you are, you dont need to say it. Everyone knows it by your play.

    So, my advise to PP is want to be the best, work hard at being the best, believe you are the best and then let others say you are the best.

  2. By John A. on Oct 4, 2013 | Reply

    Darren, do you believe the best shutdown corner debate in two man race with Peterson and Sherman or is it a three man with Revis in the competition?

  3. By Darren Urban on Oct 4, 2013 | Reply

    John A —

    RE: Shutdown

    I think Revis is pretty good. Sherman definitely is. I think it’s up for debate. And there might be others around the league. I’ll admit, I don’t know enough about some guys.

  4. By ored on Oct 4, 2013 | Reply


  5. By beardinals on Oct 4, 2013 | Reply

    He just needs to watch the line between confident and cocky. He’s in good company and any one of those three guys can be #1 at any given time.

  6. By clssylssy on Oct 4, 2013 | Reply

    Wonder if the bEST corner in the league is going to find the Arizona Cardinals the BEST place to advance his career come extention time or if the Saints will be the BEST place for him to get a SB ring? Bet he is having some interesting conversations with himselves as he’s seen how that has worked out for Larry Fitz! Love Patrick P but it’s hard to compete with home and family and the people you grew up with especially when that “home” team is the Saints and looks to be on it’s way to more Superbowls.

  7. By Darren Urban on Oct 4, 2013 | Reply

    Clssy —

    RE: Peterson

    I won’t get into specifics here but that’s simply not a concern.

    Peterson isn’t going anywhere for while.

  8. By John The Draft Guy on Oct 4, 2013 | Reply


    To add to it,
    Joe Haden is pretty good also. Being lost up in Cleveland, is forgotten a lot in these talks.

    Tilman in Chicago is another guy you have to like. All he does is cause take-a-ways. The amount of fumbles he caused last year (10) was more than future HOFer Champ Bailey has done in his career (9).

    Revis is still the best though, which makes Fitz move and TD catch even more impressive.

  9. By Dynosoar on Oct 4, 2013 | Reply


    You raise some interesting points. Here’s one I thought of for the other side. Patrick wanted Tyrann to come to the Cardinals and he’s here. That has to speak loudly that he wanted his friend here. I don’t think he’d want his friend here if he was thinking of leaving.

    Does this give you hope he’ll stay?

    John A,

    Has Deon Sanders made a list of his shutdown corners? I’m with Darren, I don’t know a lot of players beyond my Cardinals this year, but Deon would. He’d probably have himself as #1 on the list, but I’ll give him that one.

  10. By Jason on Oct 4, 2013 | Reply

    Patrick Peterson is from Florida, not Louisiana. He just went to college at LSU.

  11. By clssylssy on Oct 4, 2013 | Reply

    Thanks Darren…That’s good to know. This IS the NFL and with rosters being so unpredictable these days, those southern guys with ties to LSU certainly are a proud bunch, most of them growing up as WhoDats…ties that bind and all. I remember what he said it was like when the Saints won the SB when he was at LSU…”Christmas everyday?” so naturally it would make a person wonder:)

  12. By Dre on Oct 4, 2013 | Reply

    I think he good but Sherman is better over all as a db. stats alone but better over all for a team with all the other stuff he brings to the table pp .

  13. By Sunday on Oct 5, 2013 | Reply

    PP is better than Sherman .Sherman talks too much thus the only inch he got on PP if it helps him in game days .

  14. By ored on Oct 5, 2013 | Reply

    i think if we found a standout db across from him we would be awesome,don’t always have to have the very best,but if both sides are represented…ala KCs backfield then you have much flexibility defensively,come on o-line and solidify already so we can move onto our future qb,another top tier db,olb,and somebody to take over for dd when he’s gone,another safety,te,and center would also be welcome.

    MR.KEIM,since you no longer have anybody overriding your decisions,feel free to draft the next adrian,either wilson or peterson would be good,our very own suggs,a facsomile of Luck or somebody in that vein,and lebron james as TE(or contact the suns since they are real athletic this year maybe they have a forward willing to catch oblong balls instead of round ones.i think that would go far in our quest back to the SB,and would probably earn you exec.of the year,if not the might also keep an open channel to your home state(NC)since they are big on round ball and the wave of the future seems to be forwards as TEs,this may be a door #3 option.

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