The media though rarely forgets. And thus, Revis was asked, during the Pro Bowl festivities in Hawaii, his thoughts on Sherman’s post NFC Championship comments. His answer, via NFL.com, was simple.
“I feel like I’m the best.”
“(Sherman is) saying he’s the best,” Revis continued. “I’m saying I’m the best, Joe Haden thinks he’s the best. …You can go by numbers, you can go by the ball not being thrown to your side so many times, there are so many variables in it. But at the same time, we are all talented players.”
A humble response from a confident player. But if we do go by the numbers, is it even a question who is the best? According to Pro Football Focus, Revis was the best cornerback in football during the 2013 season. As for Sherman, he ranked fifth.
Sherman did top Revis in terms of interceptions, snagging eight compared to just two. However, when you factor in defense within the run game, and a myriad of other factors, Revis far surpassed the output of his rival. The most interesting part of this all may be a cumulative statistic from the five seasons prior to 2013 where Revis ranked clearly as the best cornerback in the NFL. In fact, he was twice as good as any other corner in the league while missing nearly all of 2012.
While Sherman is a young, hungry, and undeniably talented if we go simply by body of work he has yet to take the throne from his counterpart. Perhaps a strong performance against Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl will go a long way in helping his case. But looking ahead, it is hard to envision Revis not returning to an even better than 2013 version of himself under one of the best defensive football minds in Lovie Smith.
Sports fans love a good rivalry, and it is good to see one blossoming between two dynamic talents. However simple logic and film study tells you Revis may in fact be on to something.