New York Jets’ Antonio Cromartie Has Strong Words Regarding Richard Sherman


New York Jets Cornerback Antonio Cromartie Didn’t Hold Back When Talking About Seattle Seahawks Cornerback Richard Sherman, Ripping Into Him During A Radio Interview

The New York Jets are greatly improved heading into the 2015 season, as the new regime loaded up on big-named players and talent on both sides of the ball. One of the players they brought in was Antonio Cromartie, who is on his second go-round with the organization. Cromartie is one of the more vocal players in the NFL, and that continued Tuesday when he had some choice words regarding Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who is thought to be the best cornerback in the NFL by many people.

Well, Cromartie is not one of those people, as he voiced his strong opinion about the two-time Pro Bowler and three-time NFL All-Pro in an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio. “Go play in a defense where you don’t have two All-Pro safeties,” Cromartie started with, referencing Sherman’s Legion of Boom teammates Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. “That’s what I would tell him. Go follow the No.1 receiver. Follow him around for a whole entire game and let’s see what you can do. Darrelle Revis has done that his whole career. I’ve done that. Patrick Peterson has done it. Joe Haden has done it. [Sherman] is the only defensive back that hasn’t.”

It should come as no surprise that Cromartie speaks highly of Revis, who also left the Jets two years ago and returned this offseason to the tune of a five-year $70 million contract. He has seen what Revis is capable of doing first hand, being his running mate previously with the Jets. He also played opposite Peterson while with the Arizona Cardinals, so these aren’t just some guy spouting his opinions without a basis behind them.

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But, with that said, what the Seahawks ask Sherman to do is different than what the respective teams for Revis, Cromartie, Peterson or Haden ask them to do. He will normally stick to one side of the field, as the Seahawks play a zone heavy scheme that does not require Sherman to shadow opposing receivers much, if at all. Cromartie wasn’t buying that though, as he continued to tear into Sherman more in the interview.

“If you want to label yourself as the No.1 corner, the best corner in the NFL, follow the best guy on every single team. His [response] will be, We don’t have to do that, I have my trust in the other corner on the other side. That’s not the point. If you’re going to consider yourself the best, do what the best do. They follow around the best.”

While Cromartie makes some points during his interview, there is no doubt that Sherman is one of the best in the game at what he does. He may not shadow around receivers, but we have seen him have as much an impact on the game as a cornerback that does, as that side of the field is basically shut off. While Cromartie may not think that is very impressive, and it should take him out of the running as best cornerback in the NFL, there are undoubtedly some wide receivers that would say otherwise.

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