There are two different types of corners in the NFL. There are elite cover corners such as Darrelle Revis. Then there are elite playmaking corners such as Charles Woodson.
These two types of corners do two very different things to an offense. If you have Darrelle Revis half of the field is off-limits to any offense whether its run by Peyton Manning or Byron Leftwich. However if you have Charles Woodson a QB always must know where he is on the field because he can and will be anywhere on the field and wherever he is you better believe he will be making a big play driving fear into opposing QB's.
So here I go im going to do the impossible. Choose between two of the best Corners we have ever seen.
The Case for:
The 2009 DPOY. Woodson is a future Hall of Famer and is an elite corner. One thing that Charles Woodson does better then any corner maybe any defender in the NFL is reek havok and make plays. He was all over the place this season. He was 2nd on the Packers in tackles with 66, he forced 13 Turnovers(thats right 13), he scored 3 TD's, and had 2 sacks. Now thats what I call filling out a stat sheet and making a difference on a defense. He's an elite talent, a game changer and a leader on a young defense. If the Packers cant get the offense started count on him to make a play. He turns defense into offense, and can change any game with one play. He's a ballhawk, a pass-rusher and a cover corner all in one athlete and that is a special talent that you rarley see and maybe never will see again in the NFL.
A football field is 160 ft from sideline to sideline. Now cut that in half for a second. Lets say a football field was only 80 ft from sideline to sideline would QB's like Peyton Manning and Drew Brees be sucsessful? The answer is no and when you have Darrelle Revis its just like cutting those 160 ft in half because the half of the field where Darrelle Revis lives is absoloutley off limits. Which can stop any offense when you cant use your best Wide Receiver and your QB is afraid to throw the ball at one half of the field. If you dont believe any player could be that dominant think again. Im going to give you a list of receivers here: Andre Johnson, Randy Moss, Marques Colston, Terell Owens, Steve Smith(Panthers), Roddie White and Chad Ochocinco. No I was not naming the NFL's best Wide Receivers thats the list of Wide Receivers that Revis has held under 35 yards this season. Including Randy Moss and Terell Owens twice. So how many CB's do you know in the NFL that could do that. Well lets see theres Darrelle Revis, ummm oh yea that it.
So as you can see these are clearly the two best Corners in the NFL. But which one is better? The top playmaker or the top Shutdown? This is a debate that could go on for days so im going to get it started right here. Im saying Charles Woodson. My reason is because you could gameplan away from Darelle Revis, you could always keep the ball away from a guy like that(although its still very hard with a guy like Revis). Meanwhile its impossible to gameplan away from Woodson because you dont know where he'll be on the play. he could start lined up in what looks like man coverege then he can blitz or he can drop back into zone or he could even stay in man. Thats it though you dont know what he'll end up doing on the play. Also he is more of a playmaker and a game changer.
So I chose Woodson but that shouldnt stop you from giving your opion this is a great debate and I would love to hear your opion through comments whether you agree or disagree and why.