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Darrelle Revis believes he’s still league’s best cornerback

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Despite Richard Sherman’s best efforts to assert he’s the best cornerback in the NFL, Darrelle Revis believes he still holds that title.

Revis said in an interview with Sherman’s Seattle Seahawks teammate Michael Robinson that, when healthy, he still believes he’s the best the league has to offer.

“I believe, a healthy Darrelle Revis, I think I’ll still be at the top of that food chain,” Revis said.

Sherman and Revis exchanged barbs on Twitter as Sherman has said he believes he’s a better cornerback than Revis. Revis fired back saying Sherman “run his mouth so much like a girl” and to “sit down, young pup, and wait your turn.”

Revis said ultimately he believes his body of work and the respect he’s received from receivers he’s played against speaks to why he should still be considered the league’s best cornerback. In fact, Revis doesn’t think Sherman was even the best corner in the league this season.

“If you want to say who was the best this year, he would be in the talks of this year being the best, but my pick would be Charles Tillman,” Revis said. “It’s nothing that (Richard) did. He had eight picks. He had an unbelievable year but I would pick Charles Tillman because of the impact that he made on the game. The dude was up for the MVP at one point earlier in the season.”

Sherman recorded eight interceptions and three forced fumbles this season for the Seahawks while Revis missed most of the season due to a torn ACL. Revis said he does respect Sherman’s game but that he needs to do it over a longer period of time in order to truly enter the conversation of the league’s best.

“Is he on his way? Yes, definitely. He’s on his way and much success to him,” Revis said. I like his game. He’s a tall, athletic corner. He can press you. He can run. He can do a lot of things. …It’s great. It’s only going to make him compete more and it’s going to make me compete more. It’s always good.”

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53 Responses to “Darrelle Revis believes he’s still league’s best cornerback”
  1. phaktor333 says: Mar 5, 2013 12:57 AM

    Sounds like a guy that is settling into the reality that he will not be a part of the team in 2013…um…uh…um…uh…um…uh…and uh.

  2. romospersonalsnuggie says: Mar 5, 2013 1:12 AM

    Brandon Carr will take the place of best corner next season

  3. chawk12thman says: Mar 5, 2013 1:14 AM

    Okay; Conversation was more civil and acknowledges skills and accomplishments of Sherman while still holding himself at a higher level in his mind’s eye. Now, lets hope that Sherman does something similar soon……..I think he will. End of story if he does.

  4. geraldthecat says: Mar 5, 2013 1:15 AM

    You only get interceptions when the ball is thrown toward your side.

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 5, 2013 1:17 AM

    no longer merely an island, he is The Great Barrier Revis.

  6. jessethegreat says: Mar 5, 2013 1:18 AM

    Sounds like Revis is backtracking a little here, but in all seriousness… A healthy Revis is still the best CB in the league. Anyone that argues the fact is a Seahawks homer (if there are any), is a Jets hater (many of them out there), or is just hating on Revis because of the contract demands.

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 5, 2013 1:20 AM

    Darrelle wants to get Sherman to do a lighthearted reality show with him. The Revis and Butthead Show.

  8. arrogantnation says: Mar 5, 2013 1:23 AM

    Rightfully so.

  9. warewolf94 says: Mar 5, 2013 1:25 AM

    Used to think Asomugha was on an equal level with Revis, but he’s been a disaster in Philly. Revis is the best in the game right now

  10. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 5, 2013 1:35 AM

    Sorry Darrelle, “top of the food chain” and “best” are not the same thing. To me the “top of the food chain” would be the most valuable player, not necessarily the best overall player. The more money you make, the less chance you have of being the top value. You are only going to be getting older, and soon you will be looking for a massive contract.

    Great player, but not on top of that food chain. You’ll never get there again in fact. So congrats for being so great, but I’m impressed by those players that are the most desirable to possess on one’s team. That’s who I get excited about.

  11. bennyb82 says: Mar 5, 2013 1:42 AM

    I think those who are actually the best at their position never say they are the best…but ir is hard to argue for someone else topping him.

  12. illadelphiasphinest says: Mar 5, 2013 1:48 AM

    You cant be the best if you cant stay healthy and play a full season year after year. So shut you yap you little chiuahua, get healthy, stop being selfish with all the holdouts and play the game.

  13. nfl4days says: Mar 5, 2013 1:55 AM

    Darrell MEvis cant get it through his thick skull that it doesnt matter how good you are, if you constatly hold out WHILE UNDER CONTRACT right after you got that contract, your greedy and selfish. If the Jets have any sense they’ll trade him and begin building up a TEAM. Santonio Holmes isnt getting any younger, Keller will probably be gone, stephen hill is unproven, shonn greene is gone, McKnight is a joke, half the defense got cut and the other half is average other than Cromartie, MEvis and Laron”Achilles”Landry, Dont even wanna talk about Tebow & Sanchez, even their freaking kicker is sorry. If Rex thinks keepin MEvis is gonna help this team get back to the way it was, he might as well resign cause the jets have nothing redeemable right now. Cant take another year of this joke of a franchise. STEP IT UP!

  14. mec693 says: Mar 5, 2013 2:03 AM

    you guys can all hate on Revis call him “Mevis” or selfish but Darrelle is a class act and only wants what he feels is accurate compensation. He’s in talks for DoPY when he’s healthy almost every year and is a perennial all-pro. You can argue that Revis is the best corner of all time and all he wants is money to support that

  15. bigblu73 says: Mar 5, 2013 2:05 AM

    Gotta love the fact that Revis isn’t all stuck on himself and gave both Tillman and Sherman the just due respect they both deserve for having a magnificent season!

  16. daknight93 says: Mar 5, 2013 2:18 AM

    The Jets need help on both sides of the ball and Darrelle is right about one thing..Jets are in rebuilding mode and their 1st pick should be a quarterback for the future as a start cause Sanchez stinks as a quarterback

  17. boogerhut says: Mar 5, 2013 2:37 AM

    Let’s see how long it takes Sherman to start referring to himself in the first person.

  18. donny1rodriguez says: Mar 5, 2013 2:47 AM

    Darrelle Revis
    Ladarius Webb
    Richard Sherman
    Charles Woodson

  19. jeff65340 says: Mar 5, 2013 3:01 AM

    If only KC could get him for a decent price…..Flowers on one side and Revis on the other…..scary

  20. nathan702nelson says: Mar 5, 2013 3:27 AM

    I have to agree.
    Just a year ago people were doubting another player with a severe knee injury, we all know how that turned out.

  21. favresweiner says: Mar 5, 2013 3:38 AM

    Every NFL player thinks they are the best in the league at their position…..

  22. zclorz says: Mar 5, 2013 4:11 AM

    Revis is class… The only Jet that doesn’t run his mouth constantly like a clown.

  23. seahawks80 says: Mar 5, 2013 4:49 AM

    When healthy? Does he really think he is going to come back like AP did? Very doubtful.

  24. tjacks7 says: Mar 5, 2013 4:59 AM

    This is a pretty big guy for what appears to be a little girl emotionally. I’d be celebrating if I were traded from the Jets. People get traded every year. The Jets are rebuilding. You’re making a ton of loot. You’re never satisfied with your contract. I don’t see why you’re so shocked/upset they’re considering trading you.

  25. cooklynn17 says: Mar 5, 2013 5:27 AM

    Not even close…

  26. j4man1 says: Mar 5, 2013 5:43 AM

    Yeah, the “best” corners always get shopped. You SUCK, get over that.

  27. pabrownsfan says: Mar 5, 2013 6:35 AM

    Very interesting about the hgh testing. It shed a new light.

  28. titansbro says: Mar 5, 2013 6:35 AM

    Sounds like someone is back pedaling in case he ends up a teammate of Mr Sherman’s.

  29. braven4evr says: Mar 5, 2013 6:51 AM

    I might agree with him if he had played last year!

  30. rodge1 says: Mar 5, 2013 7:13 AM

    Revis is still the best CB at talking about being the best.

  31. enochmh2 says: Mar 5, 2013 7:16 AM

    Sorry but one season of success will not overtake a guy who has done it for some years. Those who say stevie johnson ‘owns’ him;he has averaged 70 yards and one td in the last two match ups with revis. You know a guy is the best when thats considered been ‘owned’

  32. johnnyb216 says: Mar 5, 2013 7:17 AM

    Couldn’t tell.

  33. hardh3ad says: Mar 5, 2013 7:57 AM

    Honestly I’m not even a jets fan, buts it’s revis & it’s not even close. It’s funny how the only year that any other corner is considered better just so happens to be the one yr revis gets hurt. When dude(sherman) does things like shut an elite receiver down in a playoff gm & holds them to 1 catch for 1 yard then dude can talk. Most of you should try pro football focus before saying Sherman is even in the same lg as revis.

  34. pmp300300 says: Mar 5, 2013 7:59 AM

    Don’t you have to play to be the best?

  35. Shinnbone says: Mar 5, 2013 8:00 AM

    Can’t wait to see how these overpaid fools react when they’re out of Football and the media and lights go away.

  36. grogansheroes says: Mar 5, 2013 8:01 AM

    Of course he thinks he’s the best. He will still think that in twenty years also. Just ask Deion.

  37. bigpappagreek says: Mar 5, 2013 8:01 AM

    Dude still is the best corner in the league

  38. reasonableperson1 says: Mar 5, 2013 8:22 AM

    What else would you expect him to say? That is the type of attitude I would want from any player, sign of a competitor. (not a jets fan)

  39. themagicman1223 says: Mar 5, 2013 8:24 AM

    I like what Revis said, Sherman had a great year but you need to do it over a long period of time. Alot of players have had one great season and never did anything after that.

  40. FinFan68 says: Mar 5, 2013 8:34 AM

    He is good. Whether or not he is the best is debatable. He gets away with a ton of holds and illegal contact. His injury should knock him down the ladder a bit until he proves himself capable again. Regardless, he is not worth the money he thinks he is.

  41. lionsdraftguy says: Mar 5, 2013 8:36 AM

    Id take Revis ANY day over Sherman.

  42. dirtydrew says: Mar 5, 2013 8:53 AM

    Too bad Sherman is a drug cheat. That will always follow him.

  43. themackstrong says: Mar 5, 2013 9:10 AM

    People talking like Sherman has only done this a year- he came in and had a great rookie year- 4 ints and 17 passes defensed which was solid. His height-speed-ball hawking-coverage ability & the fact he is getting better I know Seattle fans wouldn’t trade him for any CB playing today. Revis was without a doubt the best at the position but not everybody AD’s back from an ACL injury. The talk of Tillman having the best year- the dude is not even the best cover corner on his team. I can name 5 CB’s in NFC that are better including his teammate.

  44. raiders85 says: Mar 5, 2013 9:27 AM

    he has to tell everybody everyday how good he is because nobody believes it this dude and his look at me act is beyond played out if this was TO saying how he wanted more money everyday and how good he is people would be furious but this one hit wonder got so much hype people still believe this trash but don’t worry real football fans this trend is dying quickly the media can only make someone average seem good for so long

  45. allidoiswin55 says: Mar 5, 2013 9:46 AM

    They avg a difference of 4 targets per season..AGAIN Poor argument for Sherman having a major statistical advantage, simply an ignorant comment

    To anyone saying Revis isn’t thrown at, look at those targets before you say that because it simply not true in comparing these two. AVG 1 more pass attempt every 4 games is essentially perfectly equal!

    Sherman was respectful of Revis until he randomly called him a girl. Facts first please! then Sherman threw the stats comment out their not before or to justify himself at the time.

    Also Sherman was on TV when asked to list his top CB’s in the nfl today he said Hayden, Tillman, Browner, Morris and himself.
    Didn’t come straight out and proclaim he was the best and was asked where Revis was?

    He then said any other year Revis would have been on that list but because he was injured and didn’t play he couldn’t put him on it. Just wouldn’t make sense.

    That’s it, that’s all!! But Revis took it up the butt and sprained something and went after Sherman, to which Sherman threw the stats dagger which CAN NOT BE EXPLAINED by any logical person apparently. Lol

    Not sure or care whose better. They both are good, just one is far younger in CB years and makes Like 500k a year from a rookie deal.
    While the other constantly holds out and calls out coaches and Gms in the media all the while selfishly proclaiming to be the best player on the team throwing every one of his team mates under the bus.
    He took a step back in this interview after gaining a bit of perspective which should have tarnished his ego when he inexplicably went off but chose to do so on an player many fans and media dislike due to his demeanor!

  46. shortbus36 says: Mar 5, 2013 10:01 AM

    Revis is a GREAT DB, probably the best in the league and arguably the best shut down corner since Prime Time. However, I would not want this guy on my team. He holds out every 2 years demanding more money, he is a distraction and is selfish. All this guy cares about is Revis, I understand the shelf life of an NFL player is limited, so get paid when you can, but this guy thinks that he deserves to get a new contract every other year! Again, great player, but I would rather have guys that want to be a part of a team, not that think they are bigger than the team

  47. turdfurgerson68 says: Mar 5, 2013 10:35 AM

    Revis is league’s best cornerback…at holding WR’s and getting away with it.

    I’m stuck watching more NY Jet football than any non-Jet fan would. And Revis is a very good football player, to a point.

    He’s gotten burned quite a few times in the past few seasons. And he constantly holds receivers past the allowed 5 yd mark.

    Bottom line: If he’s the best, where is his DPOY award???

  48. iamapatsfan says: Mar 5, 2013 11:14 AM

    Why not. At the end of the day, he’s been the best shutdown corner for the last few years. Until we see where he is after his surgery, I’m not inclined to cede his title either.

    If Sherman can keep his skill up and maintain that level for the next several years (possibly without drugs?), then maybe we’ll have a discussion.

  49. rukkus1 says: Mar 5, 2013 11:15 AM

    You have to be on the field to be the best. Get on the field, and quit jumping up and down for a new contract every season. Its a distraction. Good skills but kindve a cancer in my opinion.

  50. contraisloosebuthole says: Mar 5, 2013 11:57 AM

    Both are poison.

  51. greenmtnboy31 says: Mar 5, 2013 12:13 PM

    Revis is correct about two things; he is no doubt still the best CB in the game today and Charles Tillman was the best CB in the game last season. Sherman is a drug cheat who got lucky and skated on that charge last season. He’ll be more careful in the future, but not so lucky the next time. If or when teams are afraid to throw in Sherman’s direction as they avoid doing with Revis & Tillman, then Sherman can start to consider himself an elite CB. If teams dared to throw to Revis or Tillman’s side of the field, then they would be racking up a dozen interceptions a year. Sherman is the best at the me first big mouth game though, no doubt on that one. If he were as good as he thinks then maybe he would have been a factor against the Falcons. FACT is the Seagulls didn’t even get by the Divisional Round and Sherman got burned in the process of getting sent home early.

  52. lrjets says: Mar 5, 2013 2:32 PM

    OK Darelle, you want the 49ers? Jets were 8th in the league in D last season without you.
    As Skip Bayless said, “take the 49ers entire draft for him”.

    After 2-3 seconds pondering that, I’d do it!!

  53. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Mar 5, 2013 2:37 PM

    I agree with him. Tillman was the best corner last season. I’ve said it here several times and every time crybaby Seahags fans like themackstrong get all angry and tell me I don’t know anything about football. Well, I believe Revis may know a little more about football than you guys think you do so I’m going to go with him on this one.

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