Is Seahawks' Richard Sherman the best cornerback in the NFL, as he often claims to be? Former NFC West cornerback and 10-year veteran defensive back Antonio Cromartie doesn't think so.
He doesn't even think Sherman is in the conversation.
"Go play in a defense where you don't have two All-Pro safeties," Cromartie said on Sirius XM NFL Radio, referring to Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, who play behind Sherman.
"Go follow the No. 1 receiver," Cromartie said, when asked to support his claim further. "Follow him around for a whole entire game and let’s see what you can do."
Cromartie's main point is that, by schematic design, Sherman plays one side of the field in Seattle, and doesn't move regardless of which receiver lines up in front of him.
"Darrelle Revis has [followed the No. 1 receiver] 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. There's no point in critiquing him. 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 whole thing would be, ‘Well, 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."
Who is the No. 1 guy? He claimed his New York Jets "sidekick" Darrelle Revis, a six-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion, is the best cornerback in the NFL.
"[Revis] is a guy that goes out every single week, you know what you're going to get from him every single week. He's consistent, he studies the film, he knows what he's doing. He understands personnel ... he knows how to critique his game."
Antonio Cromartie has played nine seasons in the National Football League, notching 31 interceptions, including a league-high 10 picks in 2007 with the Chargers. He has earned four Pro Bowl nods and an All-Pro selection.
Sherman, a 6-foot-3 cover corner, has arguably changed the thinking of NFL scouts, who are now looking for taller, longer-armed players. He is a three-time first-team All-Pro with a Super Bowl ring already at age 27.
The Seahawks defender has recorded 24 career interceptions in 64 games, along with 70 pass deflections.
Sherman responded to Cromartie's claim on Tuesday via Twitter when a stats post was released.