Richard Sherman is the league’s most famous trash-talker, but a different star cornerback set to play in the Super Bowl decided to talk some minor smack against Sherman. Denver Broncos Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie certainly deserves to be spoken about frequently, because he is an extremely important player on the Broncos and did an impressive job of turning around his career this year in his first season with the team. DRC came into last offseason as damaged goods, but he exited the regular season as one of the league’s better corners on one of the league’s elite franchises.
According to the USA Today’s Tom Pelissero, Rodgers-Cromartie stated that he doesn’t think Sherman is the best cornerback in the league. That isn’t an outlandish statement by any means, because both he and Tampa Bay Buccaneers star CB Darrelle Revis are 1a and 1b in my book (I have a difficult time picking one over the other). However, it was a bit strange for DRC to rank Sherman outside of his shortlist of top five CBs (even Revis has him on there), especially given some of the older players he put on that list.
DRC’s top five? Revis, his cousin Antonio Cromartie, Champ Bailey, Charles Woodson, and Asante Samuel. Woodson and Samuel? Yeah, you read that right. Rodgers-Cromartie thinks that a 37-year-old who actually plays safety is one of the top five corners, as well as Samuel, who isn’t even the best corner on his team (rookie Desmond Trufant is better than Samuel, who is not a good player anymore).
I understand when DRC says that he wants to respect his elders, and that’s why I’m not upset over him putting Bailey in the top five. But leaving off Sherman and teammate Chris Harris Jr., who is the best CB on the friggin’ team, for Samuel and a guy who doesn’t even play corner anymore? He’s trolling harder than he did yesterday when he coyly stated that he might retire if the Broncos win the Super Bowl.
Interestingly enough, DRC stated that he was a fan of Sherman’s rant against Michael Crabtree.