Last week, Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson had what seemed to be a bit of a throwaway line to a question when he answered a question by saying he deserved to make more than Seattle's Richard Sherman. Sherman responded by tweeting some of his stats compared to Peterson. It didn't seem very serious.
Now that the battle went to Round 2 this week, it seems like there really might be a legitimate feud forming between the two great cornerbacks.
Peterson, the athletic freak who was the fifth overall pick of the 2011 draft, brought up the one knock on Sherman that his few detractors have: He plays in mostly a zone system in Seattle and doesn't often move around to match up with the opponent's best receiver. Peterson does. And Peterson said about Sherman, "Obviously his job is much easier than mine."
"If you look at their scheme and you look at our scheme, he's a Cover-3 corner, period," Peterson said on “The Bickley Show with Vince Marotta” on KMVP-FM, via Bickley's column for the Arizona Republic. "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."
There's a memorable quote in the movie "Casino" about Joe Pesci's character Nicky Santoro that says, "You beat Nicky with fists, he comes back with a bat. You beat him with a knife, he comes back with a gun. And if you beat him with a gun you better kill him, because he'll keep coming back and back until one of you is dead." That seems to apply very well to Richard Sherman in a verbal war.
So after Peterson's comments, Sherman retweeted a few things that stated his case as a better corner than Peterson added had a couple thoughts of his own:
Never confuse Potential with Production! In the game of Life winners win. Loser say what if. #Levels— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) May 23, 2014
Lockdown everywhere but the field pic.twitter.com/5vUyyhNIvn— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) May 23, 2014
And then some back and forth on Twitter between the two:
That's what I always see someone helping. Last I check a lockdown corner is when it's him and WR. pic.twitter.com/ytHQcJsZCH— Patrick Peterson (@RealPeterson21) May 23, 2014
@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
Peterson also tweeted a simple #coverspace to get his point across. Sherman retweeted a YouTube video of himself being compared to "Anonymous" CB (Peterson, who is hilariously blurred out during his plays) in a Cardinals-Seahawks game from 2012 that puts down Peterson:
Maybe this is all somewhat playful between two fellow Pro Bowl corners, but some nerves seem to have been touched here. Whatever is going on, it's certainly entertaining for the rest of us.
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