Friday, January 31, 2014

Rex: Sherman is great, but not vintage-Revis great


Within the last half-decade, Darrelle Revis was widely regarded as the best cornerback in the NFL for a two or three-year span during his time with the New York Jets.

That title has now been unofficially adopted by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, and Revis' former coach Rex Ryan agrees.

However, Ryan doesn't think Sherman's best -- or anyone's best, for that matter -- can match Revis at his peak.

"Sherman’s probably a guy who has played as well as any corner in the league this year," Ryan said Friday, via ESPN New York. "But, overall, the year that Revis had the first two years I was here, I don’t think Richard Sherman or anybody could compare to the years Revis had."

Ryan explained that the Jets' ability to regularly and successfully put Revis on pure man-to-man lockdown with the opposing team's top target while rolling the rest of the defense in another direction set the now-Tampa Bay Bucaneers defensive back apart from everyone else.

"I'm not sure that’s ever been duplicated," Ryan said.

Revis was traded to the Bucs last offseason. Prior to that, Sherman had baited him into a war of words on multiple occassions about which player was the better corner, with Sherman citing interceptions stats and Revis defending his low pick numbers with the fact that he was rarely thrown at.

Ryan isn't affiliated with either player at this point, but he's Team Revis in this particular debate.

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