Appearing on 106.7 The Fan’s Grant & Danny Show, Hall concedes that Sherman is a great cornerback, but Hall continues to disagree with the idea that Sherman is the best cornerback in the NFL.
“I don’t think he does crack that top three,” Hall said, putting Aqib Talib, Patrick Peterson, and Darrelle Revis at the top of the list. “I’ll take those three guys against A.J. Green, Dez Bryant and Calvin Johnson, who [are] probably the top three receivers in the game right now,” Hall said. “I’ll take those three corners on those three receivers.”
Hall’s case arises from the fact that Sherman stays in one place on the left side of the defense, not following the opponents’ best receiver wherever he goes. Hall also points out that Sherman has two of the best safeties in the game behind him (Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas) and that the overall system makes so-so cornerbacks into great players, with Hall mentioning Byron Maxwell becoming regarded as a great corner despite being a “practice-squad player” and Brandon Browner’s career resurrecting after a stint in the CFL.
Hall bases his case in part on the fact that Sherman has racked up 20 interceptions in three seasons.
“This kid seems to always get the ball when it’s thrown his way, but teams always seem to throw his way,” Hall said. “When you’re at the top of your game, guys don’t throw your way. . . . When I was that guy, I went to Pro Bowls with three picks and four picks, because teams knew, ‘Heck, we don’t want to throw it his way. When we do, he picks it off.’ I mean I rarely got targeted in those days, but I still made the Pro Bowl. So for this kid to be at eight picks, and [eight] picks and [four], it just kind of blows my mind.”
Still, Hall explained that the recent Twitter exchange wasn’t personal, and that there will be no “fisticuffs” between Hall and Sherman when they see each other.
That’ll happen, if not earlier, at Larry Fitzgerald’s offseason charity softball game. Hall said that he’s been invited, that Sherman has been invited, and that Fitzgerald has told Hall that Fitzgerald doesn’t want any trouble.