Friday, October 4, 2013
Flush the Pocket: Is Peterson the best CB?
By Josh Weinfuss
Flush the Pocket will be your daily morning dose of the Arizona Cardinals. It’ll recap the top storyline from the previous day and give you a look at what everyone is saying locally and nationally.
TEMPE, Ariz. – It’s a debate that truly can’t be settled, but fans of the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will sure try.
Who’s the best cornerback in the NFL?
Arizona coach Bruce Arians says it's Patrick Peterson. Well, so does Peterson. But every Seahawks fan would beg to differ, as would the Bucs' faithful. In trying to decide if there was an answer, I asked ESPN Stats & Information to compare the three since 2011, Peterson’s rookie season. Stats will have to do for now because we’ll never see a Peterson-vs.-Richard Sherman matchup.
I wasn’t able to get every stat I wanted, so this isn’t a scientific comparison, nor does it provide an overall picture. But it’s a good addition to the conversation. (Note: Darrelle Revis played in only 22 games because of injury, while Peterson and Sherman played in 36.)
Interceptions since 2011:
1. Sherman, 14
3. Peterson, 11
t37. Revis, 6
Pass breakups since 2011:
t4. Sherman, 23
t22. Revis, 18
t43. Peterson, 14
Team W-L since 2011:
You be the judge. Now, onto the links.:
Kent Somers of AZCentral.com writes about the future without Levi Brown. Bob McManaman of AZCentral.com writes about Daryl Washington’s return to the field, as does Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com. And this is a few days old, but Larry Fitzgerald was featured in a Men’s Journal article and gallery on him training for the 2013 season.