Can you guys hear that? It’s the sound of all the self crowned corners in the NFL quietly exiting the spotlight. It’s not very loud, so you have to be really quiet and listen close. Do you hear it? Silence! They aren’t saying anything. Everyone is quiet. No one is beating their chest. You know why? Because once you say, “LOOK AT ME” and we all look, closely, we realize you are catfish.
The best thing that could’ve happened to these loud mouth corners of 2014 was adding the “No Contact After 5yds” rule. I don’t like the rule, to be honest, but I understand it. This rule allows receivers, who already have an advantage, to create even more separation from the defender. Look at the direction of the NFL rules. You cant touch the quarterback, you cant light a guy up anymore, and now this rule. This game was once about the toughest, most athletic men in the country. Now its filled with self proclaimed greats flossing million dollar endorsements, all because they are “system” guys. I cant believe it. It’s frustrating!
Now that the players have to abide by this new rule, all of a sudden, receivers are open more, the yards after the catch are getting higher, and the scoreboards are lighting up. Thats what the NFL wants. I get it, but these corners are getting exposed!
The media tells you who they believe the best corners in the NFL are and you guys believe them. They told you Richard Sherman, Patrick Peterson, Darrell Revis, Joe Haden, and Aqib Talib were the top 5 corners of 2013, rolled the same list into 2014, and the world said… YEP!! Did you guys know a lot of the media doesn’t get all the film, let alone watch what they do get? Did you know a lot of the players the media highlights are guys that other people tell them to crown? Its like high school all over again. The media is filled with know it all, stat reading morons that have never played on a professional level, so its basically an uneducated opinion, usually. Don’t you have your own opinion? Decide who you feel is the best by doing your own research, not just listening to a stat slinging talking heads on tv. Or… You can just listen to me. 🙂
The best corner in the NFL is none other than the Division-II, un-drafted, 5’9.5 185lb, curly haired beige boy by the name of Brent Grimes. If you look up statistics online, he may or may not be in the top 5, depending on who’s ranking the players. You hardly ever see him on ESPN or NFL Network and you also don’t see him on any other channel, since he doesn’t have any big endorsement deals. So basically, if you believe me, I know you have done your research and you understand what it takes to be the best corner in the NFL. For those of you that don’t, allow me to explain.
The best corner in the league MUST BE the most athletic player on his own team. He must be explosive, cerebral, and have the ability to cover any receiver in the league 1-on-1, if needed. He must be a ball hawk, mentally and physically tough, and balls of steel! If you cant say that about your favorite corner, then you need to hop on the Brent Grimes bandwagon before it gets too full.
Is Brent Grimes a “shut down” corner? I would have to say no. Why? Because i don’t believe there is a such thing. This league is designed for the offense to catch the ball and score points. The quarterback and receiver have a script. They know what they are going to do. The corner is blind. He cant touch the receiver after 5 yards and the receiver can push off to get open. What does that tell you? It tells me, unless the receiver/quarterback is terrible, balls will be caught. Yards will be gained. Points will be scored. So as far as I’m concerned, there is no such thing as a “shut down” corner. Once you understand that, you ask yourself these questions: Which corner has the ability to disrupt the script of the quarterback and receiver? Who’s fast enough to cover the deep ball, with no safety help? Who can break on the ball fastest, without getting a penalty for getting there too early? Who has the best closing speed? Does he allow yards after the catch? Is he missing tackles? Most receivers are taller than the corners so who can control the air, negating that height differential? BRENT GRIMES, thats who!
Dont get me wrong, a lot of the top ranked corners can do a few of the things on that list. If they couldn’t, they wouldn’t be where they are today. But when you remove the big name college hype, delete the Super Bowl rings, silence the media, take the names and numbers off the jerseys, and play man to man, there’s NO WAY IN HELL you walk away from that discussion believing anyone in the league is better than Brent Grimes. Men lie, the media lies, stats even lie. FILM DOES NOT! Ever!
Let that marinate. Leave a comment if you have something good to say.