Richard Sherman vs Darrelle Revis: Who is in the Right in Twitter Battle?

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Richard Sherman vs Darrelle Revis: Who is in the Right in Twitter Battle?
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There's a Twitter battle brewing between a pair of the National Football League's best cornerbacks, and the first shot was fired right here at Bleacher Report.

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, who is widely considered the best player at his position in the NFL, apparently wasn't amused when he saw the Bleacher Report video in which Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks walked the streets of New Orleans during Super Bowl week.

While doing so Sherman asked fans whether he or Revis is the NFL's top cornerback, and Revis apparently feels that it isn't a question that needed to be asked.

Not surprisingly Sherman, who may be the NFL's most outspoken player, wasn't shy about firing back.

The battle carried over into Thursday, when Sherman appeared on "NFL AM" and kept right on talking according to Khalil Garriott of NFL.com.

"He took it the wrong way," Sherman said of Revis' reaction to his comments. "It seemed like he had something else going on over there. I couldn't tell you what it was. He didn't play this year, so you know, it was just a truthful statement."

"I'm not gonna let (Revis) ... call me a little girl. People can say what they want to say," Sherman added. "At the end of the day, I'm an All-Pro, and that's gonna be what it's gonna be. My play does speak for itself."

The Revis side of this spat has gone quiet at least for the time being, and that's probably a wise course of action. You're not going to win a war of words with Richard Sherman. No player in the league talks more smack than Sherman does.

The thing is, he usually backs that smack talk up on the field, and this is another instance where Sherman's comments aren't without merit.

Granted, we can't really compare the two players based on their 2012 performance, as Revis played in only two games before tearing his ACL.

So, for the sake of this little exercise, let's look at Revis' numbers from his last full season (2011), and compare them with Sherman's numbers from a season ago.

Player

Tackles

Sacks

INT

FF

PD

Revis

52

0

4

0

21

Sherman

64

1

8

3

24

This round would appear to go to Sherman. His numbers are better across the board, and his "big play" production is significantly higher.

However, these sorts of stats can sometimes be misleading with cornerbacks.

Often times, the truly elite cornerbacks don't post huge raw numbers. It's hard to amass tackles or intercept passes if opposing quarterbacks just avoid throwing at you altogether.

Let's assume for the sake of argument that that is the case here and that these numbers don't tell the whole story.

The comparison continues with some more advanced statistics courtesy of Pro Football Focus.

Player

Targets

Receptions

Comp. Pct.

YAC

TD Allowed

PFF Rank

Revis

85

35

41.2

117

1

1

Sherman

87

41

47.1

135

2

2

It's a close call here, but the edge goes to Revis. The two players were targeted a nearly identical number of times, with opponents having marginally more success throwing at Sherman in 2012 than they did at Revis in 2011.

Basically, the numbers don't really do much to settle this argument. Both players performed at an exceptional level in their last full season. It's like debating the merits of a Ferrari versus a Lamborghini where driving fast is concerned.

At this point Revis' supporters would likely claim that Revis has been playing at this level for a much longer period of time, and that's the tiebreaker that puts him over the top.

I would argue the opposite.

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In the NFL it's all about "what have you done for me lately?", and the fact is that Revis spent most of the 2012 season watching from the sidelines. Sure, Revis will more likely than not return to the field in 2013 and pick up right where he left off, but we can't be sure of that.

Not coming off an ACL tear and facing a very uncertain future in New York.

It's sort of like what happened with Alex Smith in San Francisco. Revis didn't do anything to lose his "spot" as the NFL's best cornerback besides getting hurt.

However, when Revis went down a door of sorts opened. Much like Colin Kaepernick, Sherman stepped through that door and had a fantastic season, and just like that the king was dethroned.

At the end of the day this is a very subjective argument, and if Revis returns to his 2011 form in 2013 then it's an argument that will certainly merit revisiting at this time next year.

With that said though if Darelle Revis wants the title of the NFL's best cornerback back all to himself he's going to have to prove it on the field.

Because he's not going to beat Richard Sherman at talking.

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