For us hardcore football fans we only have one game left for the 2014-15 season. How ironic is that the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots face off for a chance to be named the best NFL team this season?
Both teams got here different ways, the Patriots used a chameleon style offense and a strong defense to get to big game, while the Seahawks used a power run game and a strong defense to make it to Arizona. While everyone will talk about Russell Wilson, Tom Brady, Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski (rightfully so), I wanted to talk about arguably the best two cornerbacks in the game facing off Sunday.
The two corners I’m talking about, drumroll please, Darrelle Revis and Richard Sherman. These two are always the spearhead of a yearly question, who is the best corner in the NFL? We all have our opinions as I do mines, but what we can’t argue is these two are definitely elite corners no matter where you rank them. Will this game prove who the best is? I don’t think it will because of the receivers these two will be covering for their time on the field.
Revis will be matched up with either Doug Baldwin or Jermaine Kearse, which honestly will be easy work for Revis. The only way either of these two will make an explosive play on Revis is if Wilson finds a way to buy a lot of time with his scrambling ability and that still doesn’t mean either one of these two will make it happen against Revis. We saw the pedestrian numbers the Seahawks receivers put up against the Packers secondary and they can’t touch Revis and Browner, so unless Bevell has something up his sleeve I don’t see much happening on Revis Island.
As for Sherman, he has a slightly tougher task, but they don’t have anybody who will scare Sherman or the Seahawks cover 3 defense. They have Gronkowski, but that will be for Bobby Wagner and Kam Chancellor to take care of. Sherman will deal with Brandon LaFell, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola. These three are better than his counterparts, but that’s not saying much. LaFell is the big play receiver, while Edelman and Amedola are the short to intermediate guys. This bodes well for Sherman and the rest of the legion of boom.
We know Revis is at his best in man coverage, we know Sherman is a playmaker in Cover 3, but what Super Bowl XLIX won’t settle for us is who is the best corner why? Look at who they will be covering for that answer. Now if we want to look at their entire season that’s a different story and something we can cover another day.