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Patrick Peterson says he’s the best cornerback in the game

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Cardinals coach Bruce Arians recently has dubbed Patrick Peterson the best cornerback in the NFL.  (Then again, Arians also said that Levi Brown is an “elite” left tackle.)

Peterson isn’t inclined to disagree with his coach on that point.  (The first one, not the second.)

“That fires me up, Coach Arians has that type of motivation to give to his players,” Peterson told Erik Kuselias in an interview that aired on Wednesday’s Pro Football Talk on NBCSN.  “I definitely feel like I am the best corner in the game.  I just want to continue getting better every week.  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.  I’m pleased to have that opportunity each and every week to go against the offense’s best receiver.  I believe that if you can do that week in and week out then there’s no question that you are the number one defensive back in the league.”

Peterson gets his next chance to to do that on Sunday, against the Panthers and their No. 1 receiver.

“I have to do my part by slowing down Steve Smith and not letting him get off any big plays because he’s the Energizer bunny, you can’t let him get big plays early,” Peterson said.  “If you do that, that’s something that gets him going.  So I have to pretty much take him out of the game early, I know that’s a tough task, but I’m definitely ready for it.”

The Cardinals need to be ready to get the win at home, because in their next two games the team and Arians will get to “see the dominance” of the 49ers and the Seahawks.

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116 Responses to “Patrick Peterson says he’s the best cornerback in the game”
  1. seatownballers says: Oct 2, 2013 9:21 PM

    Peterson is the best kick returner
    Sherman is the best corner
    Revis has the history, but he’s not 100%

  2. cardsfann1 says: Oct 2, 2013 9:22 PM

    He is tough. Really tough. As much as I can’t stand Sherman up in Seattle, he might have an edge up on my man Peterson…

  3. david10654 says: Oct 2, 2013 9:22 PM

    Too late. Richard Sherman already claimed that spot :)

  4. chawk12thman says: Oct 2, 2013 9:26 PM

    Right Mindset; Not sure he isn’t number 3, though.

  5. bender4700 says: Oct 2, 2013 9:26 PM

    And he’s probably right.

  6. bugorfeature says: Oct 2, 2013 9:27 PM

    Better than Sherman and Revis? Hard sell.

  7. thegonz13 says: Oct 2, 2013 9:28 PM

    Yeah, about the “best cornerback” thing, wait until your peers tell you that, OK bro? Just sayin’ because there’s this guy in Seattle who also says he’s the best corner…

  8. jake13r says: Oct 2, 2013 9:28 PM

    I thought that Calvin

  9. samapoc says: Oct 2, 2013 9:28 PM

    He is 100% correct.

  10. themagicman1223 says: Oct 2, 2013 9:28 PM

    Patrick Peterson meet Richard Sherman, the actual best corner in the league. Sure he runs his mouth, you can’t deny his skill though.

  11. trbowman says: Oct 2, 2013 9:30 PM

    He’s not, but that’s the right attitude to have.

  12. rbell2123 says: Oct 2, 2013 9:35 PM

    ” Best cornerback” got killed by Calvin Johnson….Good player not the best.

  13. gumbogumbo says: Oct 2, 2013 9:36 PM

    Revis, Sherman, and Peterson tie!

  14. hardythekraken says: Oct 2, 2013 9:37 PM

    ha

  15. hendeeze says: Oct 2, 2013 9:39 PM

    Paging Patrick Peterson, Michael Crabtree has some game film to show you.

  16. vicktator says: Oct 2, 2013 9:39 PM

    Peterson isn’t on the same level as Sherman, Revis or Haden.

  17. itsunclepauley says: Oct 2, 2013 9:40 PM

    Funny how a certain CB in Tampa doesn’t seem to be part of this conversation anymore, even after it took a top 15 pick and a ridiculous contract to get him.

    We hear lots about him “erasing an opponent’s #1 receiver,” but he’s never made the kind of game changing plays we saw from Peterson and (as much as I hate him), Richard Sherman this week.

  18. itsunclepauley says: Oct 2, 2013 9:40 PM

    Funny how a certain CB in Tampa doesn’t seem to be part of this conversation anymore, even after it took a top 15 pick and a ridiculous contract to get him.

    We hear lots about him “erasing an opponent’s #1 receiver,” but he’s never made the kind of game changing plays we saw from Peterson and (as much as I hate him), Richard Sherman this week.

  19. hawksfanallday says: Oct 2, 2013 9:40 PM

    Didn’t calvin own him a couple of weeks ago when he said he would shut him down?

  20. circuscivics says: Oct 2, 2013 9:42 PM

    Doesn’t Crabtree kill this guy every time they face off? I’d give the beat CB now to Richard Sherman

  21. classyjacklambert says: Oct 2, 2013 9:42 PM

    Richard Sherman is probably better… but he’ll never admit it.

  22. sjoyner59 says: Oct 2, 2013 9:43 PM

    he certainly is a top 5 corner in the game in my opinion

  23. haventwonsince69 says: Oct 2, 2013 9:43 PM

    What happened to people just letting their play do the talking? I feel like ever since Revis started getting major exposure there’s been a severe drive for corners to claim they’re the best.

  24. easyrider1903 says: Oct 2, 2013 9:44 PM

    Just ask him

  25. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Oct 2, 2013 9:45 PM

    He’ll get his chance to prove it a week from Sunday against Boldin. Since Sherman won his matchup with Anquan, if Boldin wins against Peterson it means Sherman is better than Peterson. Follow?

  26. jzone954 says: Oct 2, 2013 9:46 PM

    Lesson of the day: 

    Richard Sherman is the best corner in the league

    Peterson though isn’t far off and is a more versatile player because he can do it up on the offensive side of the ball

  27. wearethesteelers says: Oct 2, 2013 9:47 PM

    Peterson, meet Ike Taylor.

  28. stabbymike says: Oct 2, 2013 9:48 PM

    uh, no

  29. dirtysouthniner says: Oct 2, 2013 9:48 PM

    He’s definitely top two!! Gotta give Dick sherman the nod though

  30. dirtysouthniner says: Oct 2, 2013 9:49 PM

    I mean Richard

  31. jonevans83 says: Oct 2, 2013 9:53 PM

    Who doesn’t feel like the best cb in the league?

  32. maxkingpin says: Oct 2, 2013 9:54 PM

    Well okay then.
    Arians & Peterson say it is so then it must be true.

  33. stunzeed5 says: Oct 2, 2013 9:56 PM

    Darrell Green > everybody else….ever

  34. woodrree7 says: Oct 2, 2013 9:57 PM

    Just because he says it doesn’t make it true. There’s a guy in Seattle, Tampa, Denver, and Cleveland who would argue that point. on second thought. the ones in Denver and Cleveland have too much class to even spout that they’re the best in the game. they just let their playing do the talking.

  35. afrancis55 says: Oct 2, 2013 9:58 PM

    Richard Sherman says hello

  36. packfntk says: Oct 2, 2013 10:01 PM

    He is one of the best in the game today, but when did DB’s become bigger diva’s than WR’s?

  37. crapdrawers says: Oct 2, 2013 10:03 PM

    He was lined up against Crabtree in both niner games last year. Crab had 13 catches for 244 yards and 4 TD’s.

    December 29th they meet again, if Crabtree’s achilles is healthy, we’ll see how good Peterson is…He better hope Kaepernick keeps up the poor play…

  38. moerawn says: Oct 2, 2013 10:04 PM

    Well, then, that settles it.

  39. jvseahawk says: Oct 2, 2013 10:06 PM

    He looked great last year when the Seahawks crushed the Cards 58-0.

  40. captaineagles says: Oct 2, 2013 10:08 PM

    I believe that Patrick Peterson isn’t just the best cornerback, but the best defensive back in the NFL. He’s loaded with talent all around, has great hands, very physical, elite speed and instincts that set him apart from others.

    Richard Sherman is not far behind, and Aquib Talib is making his case why he should be named.

  41. jvseahawk says: Oct 2, 2013 10:08 PM

    He was great last year when the Seahawks crushed the Cards 58-0.

  42. turkjones says: Oct 2, 2013 10:10 PM

    PatPete’s the most physically gifted CB in football but I’d still take Revis, Sherman and Haden right now.

  43. eaglesfan036 says: Oct 2, 2013 10:11 PM

    I’m not sure if he’s the best, but definitely a top 5 corner who any team would love to have.

  44. therealraider says: Oct 2, 2013 10:12 PM

    You know who isn’t the best Cornerback in the league .. D.J Hayden.

  45. beavertonsteve says: Oct 2, 2013 10:15 PM

    Yes, Peterson is one of the best CBs in the NFL, but Steve Smith is no longer a measuring stick for ability to cover a premier receiver.

  46. johngaltwho says: Oct 2, 2013 10:19 PM

    It is always amusing when a professional athlete tells people “im the best …………. In the game”.

    First of all – it is rare to find a professional athlete who objectively is the best at what they do and second – those rare athletes that really are that good, rarely feel the need to verbally declare it.

  47. kuranda84 says: Oct 2, 2013 10:21 PM

    Someday maybe, but first you need to upstage Sherman.

  48. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 2, 2013 10:23 PM

    Second best. But not far behind. QBs aren’t scared to throw his side yet. They already shy away from throwing at Sherman (except the blind throws that Kaepernick and Schaub have thrown, with predictable outcomes).

  49. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 2, 2013 10:23 PM

    Only because Calvin Johnson isn’t interested in also playing CB.

  50. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 2, 2013 10:23 PM

    Revis gets sonned by Larry, so he’s not best NOR second best.

  51. xsherr says: Oct 2, 2013 10:30 PM

    He’s damn good. I’ll give him that.

  52. wwwfella says: Oct 2, 2013 10:31 PM

    was he supposed to say he’s the worst?

  53. eightandeightlions says: Oct 2, 2013 10:31 PM

    Why are there so many self-proclaimed “Greatest Cornerback in the NFL”‘s?

    Peterson, Sherman, and Skip Bayless are the same person.

  54. stephenolszewski says: Oct 2, 2013 10:38 PM

    Mr. Sherman disagrees

  55. negaduck says: Oct 2, 2013 10:39 PM

    and I am the best commenter in the game.

  56. footballgod87 says: Oct 2, 2013 10:43 PM

    Calvin Johnson thinks otherwise. So do Revis and Sherman

  57. slammincamnewton says: Oct 2, 2013 10:46 PM

    Well, Smitty will help you rethink this comment after Sunday.

  58. playgroundlgnd says: Oct 2, 2013 10:48 PM

    Sorry bro.. Joe Haden has been a complete shut down corner for his last 18 games… I think he has you beat

  59. e5tolife says: Oct 2, 2013 10:49 PM

    Cue the sound bite from Richard Sherman in 5 4 3…

  60. beastmode5150 says: Oct 2, 2013 10:53 PM

    Richard Sherman just laughed. Hard.

  61. waldoampere says: Oct 2, 2013 10:57 PM

    Revis.

  62. gilvick1 says: Oct 2, 2013 10:58 PM

    Easily top 5. In 3-4 years he could very well be the best.

  63. fuchdahbears says: Oct 2, 2013 10:58 PM

    Calvin Johnson scorched him for six catches 116 yards and two touchdowns. yeah he’s the best lol.

  64. jasonfinfan says: Oct 2, 2013 11:14 PM

    Talentwise yes he may be, Production wise and Mentally he is not as good as Sherman or Revis at diagnosing what recievers are going to do.

    Great players don’t need to proclaim their greatness they just do it.. I don’t hear megatron telling reporters he is the best WR in the league.

  65. wearethesteelers says: Oct 2, 2013 11:16 PM

    Ike Taylor is hands down the most complete cornerback in the NFL. Anyone who disagrees, doesn’t study the tape.

  66. vbe2 says: Oct 2, 2013 11:17 PM

    If you have to declare yourself the best, chances are, you aren’t.

  67. edelmanfanclub says: Oct 2, 2013 11:22 PM

    The argument could be made for him but I do think guys like Tillman, Sherman, and Haden are better.

  68. 1oldpro says: Oct 2, 2013 11:36 PM

    He still can’t carry his team on his back. They’re 1-3 and could be 1-5 in two weeks.
    I’d prefer to hear his peers call him the best.

  69. nflcommissioner says: Oct 2, 2013 11:37 PM

    Wow 2011 100 plus yards Smitty demands an explanation.

  70. bhagos2 says: Oct 3, 2013 12:04 AM

    Has a big game against a mediocre backup QB and thinks he’s God.

    I’ll put him in the high top 10’s, arguably #4 or #5 but no way is he better than Revis.

    He’s up there with Tillman, Haden and Webb

  71. 2016olympics says: Oct 3, 2013 12:06 AM

    No question about it…he absolutely is.

  72. btowngetsdown says: Oct 3, 2013 12:07 AM

    Didn’t Calvin Johnson have like 180 yards and 2 touchdowns in one half against him this season. Sounds elite to me?

  73. gopats23 says: Oct 3, 2013 12:12 AM

    What is it about Cornerbacks that makes them all have to put themselves on a pedestal? It’s a team game fellas, get over yourselves.

  74. serkeljerks says: Oct 3, 2013 12:17 AM

    ……yeah, when Sherman isn’t playing.

  75. serkeljerks says: Oct 3, 2013 12:17 AM

    He’s lucky Crabtree is hurt…..Crab’s has straight owned him in back to back meetings.

  76. kingpel says: Oct 3, 2013 12:24 AM

    I agree with him. I know Richard Sherman wont but I bet he shows Peterson more respect than he did Darrelle Revis.

  77. norcalmafia says: Oct 3, 2013 12:26 AM

    Uhm…..no your not..Richard Sherman is hands down…and Im a Niner fan.

  78. doe22us says: Oct 3, 2013 12:26 AM

    I thought Calvin Johnson skull drugged u all over the place a couple of weeks ago, he is good but not Joe Haden, Revis, Sherman type good. He does get beat a lot.

  79. oldbrowndawg says: Oct 3, 2013 12:27 AM

    Wouldn’t it be nice if big mouth coaches like Rex Ryan and Bruce Arians would just shut up and let the play of their “elite” guys speak for itself? This really becomes tedious after a while.

  80. dino2997 says: Oct 3, 2013 12:28 AM

    Not even Top ten. Sorry

  81. jamesundeee says: Oct 3, 2013 12:35 AM

    I would take Richard Sherman over him though.

  82. favresweiner says: Oct 3, 2013 1:02 AM

    As a 9er fan, it pains me to say it, but Richard Sherman is the best corner in the league.

  83. mitchlt3ski says: Oct 3, 2013 1:03 AM

    im sure richard sherman disagrees with this but we all know that he never ever speaks his mind.

  84. paulcanavati says: Oct 3, 2013 1:12 AM

    Vikings fan here. Patrick Peterson is probably the best corner in the league as far as I’ve seen. Joe Haden of the Browns, Vontae Davis of the Colts and (ugh) Richard Sherman are probably the others that are in that elite class, but if I was rebuilding a secondary, I’d take PP

  85. thebirdofprey2 says: Oct 3, 2013 1:19 AM

    Peterson is a talented player. But he picked off a rookie QB making his first start twice. I remember the last time he was posted about elite match up it was against Calvin Johnson – 116 and 2 TD’s. Including a 72 yard TD where Patrick thought Calvin had koodies.

  86. randywhite54 says: Oct 3, 2013 1:41 AM

    Did it ever occur to PP and that twat-waffle in Seattle, that nobody cares what they think? Call me when your team wins something that matters you douche.

  87. sportnorcal says: Oct 3, 2013 2:02 AM

    A DB talking smack and self-promoting?
    NO WAY!?

  88. umadbro2587 says: Oct 3, 2013 2:05 AM

    Yes Peterson is the best CB in the game in which Richard Sherman isn’t playing in otherwise he is 2 maybe even 3 (Revis) and no i am not hating on him just speaking the truth here

  89. rayala3 says: Oct 3, 2013 2:07 AM

    And Arians also thinks thinks the Cardinals are elite and the best in the league.

  90. anygivensundayfan says: Oct 3, 2013 2:25 AM

    Twitter feud with Richard Sherman coming up in 3….2….1…..

  91. jaggedmark says: Oct 3, 2013 3:03 AM

    Dude, Richard Sherman is laughing at you.

  92. wryly1 says: Oct 3, 2013 3:25 AM

    When you’re truly the best at something – anything – you don’t have to go around telling people. They’ll tell you.

  93. whatwhat2013 says: Oct 3, 2013 4:37 AM

    LOL

  94. anygivenwednesday13 says: Oct 3, 2013 5:24 AM

    *off

  95. itsmammoth says: Oct 3, 2013 7:23 AM

    “I’m going to shutdown Calvin Johnson in Week 2!”

    Calvin Johnson
    8 rec
    116 yards
    2 TDs

  96. ccjcsr says: Oct 3, 2013 7:49 AM

    I wish your skill set would have rubbed off on Morris Claiborne…What a Bust in my opinion!

    #CowboyzNation

  97. tv426 says: Oct 3, 2013 7:59 AM

    I’m the best of the best of the best. So there!

    Self proclamations are not only idiotic, they are highly embarrassing.

    People need to learn to keep their mouth’s shut, play the game, and let other people sing your praises.

  98. vikescry1 says: Oct 3, 2013 8:35 AM

    he’s scary good, not sure if he’s the best just yet though. top 3 definitely!

  99. swaggyy says: Oct 3, 2013 8:58 AM

    Really dude? You gave up like 6TDs last season. Calvin Johnson absolutely torched you. When you can shut down the big boys like CJ then you can be in consideration. Until then, its Revis, Sherman, and Tillman. Why are the Cardinals even talking? They’re bottom feeders of the division. Shut up.

  100. motownmatt says: Oct 3, 2013 9:07 AM

    The best corner in the league doesn’t let Megatron rack up 6 catches, 118 yards, and 2 TD’s on them. He got owned in that game, Calvin was his daddy.

  101. ott2win says: Oct 3, 2013 9:22 AM

    Peterson is very good no doubt…but he is not the best corner…Richard Sherman is the best corner, Joe Haden is a close second, then Revis, then Peterson.

  102. bennyb82 says: Oct 3, 2013 9:31 AM

    If only Goodell would start fining every player that says they are the best…

  103. towniesman says: Oct 3, 2013 9:33 AM

    Talib is playing better an the team is 4-9 peterson

  104. classyjacklambert says: Oct 3, 2013 9:58 AM

    Richard Sherman is probably better… but he’ll never admit it.

  105. beedubyatoo says: Oct 3, 2013 10:10 AM

    Get in line, Patrick. About 10 of your colleagues feel the same way.

  106. ratdogs says: Oct 3, 2013 10:57 AM

    I am Spartacus!!

  107. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 3, 2013 11:31 AM

    Peterson may have gotten killed by Calvin, but Sherman got killed by Andre….

  108. itelldatrutht says: Oct 3, 2013 11:31 AM

    I still think Revis is the best. Even though Sherman got the intereception return this past week he still got abused. So I have Peterson and Haden tied for third

  109. scott64836 says: Oct 3, 2013 12:13 PM

    Sorry Patrick, Richard Sherman already said he is the best cornerback. Just ask him.

  110. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 3, 2013 1:51 PM

    itsunclepauley says: Oct 2, 2013 9:40 PM

    Funny how a certain CB in Tampa doesn’t seem to be part of this conversation anymore, even after it took a top 15 pick and a ridiculous contract to get him.

    We hear lots about him “erasing an opponent’s #1 receiver,” but he’s never made the kind of game changing plays we saw from Peterson and (as much as I hate him), Richard Sherman this week.
    —————-

    After watching Larry make him look foolish Sunday, you should understand why he isn’t part of this conversation anymore.

  111. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 3, 2013 2:04 PM

    itelldatrutht says: Oct 3, 2013 11:31 AM

    I still think Revis is the best. Even though Sherman got the intereception return this past week he still got abused. So I have Peterson and Haden tied for third
    —————–
    What game were YOU watching?

  112. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 3, 2013 2:09 PM

    Browner and Maxwell were on him for 6 of those catches, two others were zone. Johnson only truly beat Sherman straight up once. Leave the stat lines alone and watch the actual defensive coverage.

  113. bearshaterseverywhere says: Oct 3, 2013 2:57 PM

    seatownballers says:
    Oct 2, 2013 9:21 PM
    Peterson is the best kick returner
    Sherman is the best corner
    Revis has the history, but he’s not 100%

    ——————————————–

    Devin Hester is the best Kick returner.
    Charles Tillman is better than Peterson and Sherman combined. When Peterson and Sherman get 10 Forced Fumbles in a single season then you can you talk. I would wager neither will ever get that many in their entire career.

    Rod Woodson is the best of all time.
    Darelle Revis
    Charles Tillman
    Deion Sanders
    Ed Reed

    Peterson and Sherman are big mouths and way overrated!

  114. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 3, 2013 3:17 PM

    Rod Woodson played longer and with better overall defenses than anyone. Deion Sanders is the best.

  115. shootermcgavin206 says: Oct 3, 2013 4:34 PM

    Richard Sherman has been locking WR’s down ever since he got the starting job. No doubt the best corner in the NFL (Right Now). Revis, what you’ve done is extraordinary, but that was THEN, this is now. 2008-2011 Revis was the best, but times change. Best corners in NFL (as of today):

    1) Richard Sherman (1st team all pro, having a phenomenal 2013 season)

    2) Charles Tillman (1st team all pro, also having a great year)

    3) Darrelle Revis (Sorry, he’s done nothing this year to put him above the top 2 + he just just got burned for the GW touchdown by Larry Fitzgerald last week)

    4) Tim Jennings (2nd team all pro)

    5) Patrick Peterson

    These could change, and you could argue your case, but in my opinion based on what I’ve seen this year, this is how it goes…

  116. shootermcgavin206 says: Oct 3, 2013 5:19 PM

    Devin Hester is the best Kick returner.
    Charles Tillman is better than Peterson and Sherman combined. When Peterson and Sherman get 10 Forced Fumbles in a single season then you can you talk. I would wager neither will ever get that many in their entire career.

    Rod Woodson is the best of all time.
    Darelle Revis
    Charles Tillman
    Deion Sanders
    Ed Reed

    Peterson and Sherman are big mouths and way overrated!

    ———————————————————-

    Bro, you’re CLEARLY a bears fan, so OF COURSE you’re gonna toot your own teams’ horn.

    News Flash: Just because someone can force fumbles DOES NOT mean they can play better man coverage, and in case you didn’t know: a major part of playing corner is how well you play man coverage. Look at the stats. Sherman was the best last year and already he’s the best this year. QB’s have the lowest QBR out of ANY corner in the league when throwing in Sherman’s direction.

    And as far as Rod Woodson, Prime, etc. We’re talking about the best in the game as of today. Another thing: what’s wrong with shutting down your opponent and letting them know about it? All great athletes do it.

    As far as kick returner: Devin Hester is the best I’ve ever seen. Prime was also amazing, Peterson is good, but Hester is on another stratosphere.

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