Cardinals' Peterson picks at Seahawks CB Sherman
"I don't want to get in a debate as far as stats that he has and things like that," Peterson told KMVP-FM. "Obviously, his job is definitely much easier than mine. But if you look at their scheme and at our scheme, he's a Cover 3 corner. Period.
"A lot of guys say he's a shutdown corner. But if you look at film and guys who understand the game, go back and look at film and see how his defense is. I believe that if you put him in our system, I don't believe he'll be able to last, honestly. Because I actually do much more than he is (doing)."
Based on interceptions during the past three seasons, Sherman has a decided advantage with 20 compared with Peterson's 12. Peterson contends that Seattle's defensive schemes put Sherman in position for more picks.
"I guess that's what the fans -- and everything like that -- they see he's got tons and tons of interceptions," Peterson said. "And that's all fine and dandy, but he's only covering space. He's not really covering a guy.
"So at the end of the day, he has great stats. He has great playmaking ability -- not taking that away from him, because he is a good corner. But as far as being a shutdown corner, man-to-man guy, in my eyes, I don't believe he's that."
Petersen, a two-time All-Pro as a cornerback and punt returner, believes he is worth more than the $57.4 million extension, including $40 million guaranteed, that Sherman signed on May 12, making him the league's highest-paid defensive back. In terms of tackles, Peterson has the advantage with 151 solos to Sherman's 138.
Sherman responded later in the day on Twitter: "@PFF_Pete this kid gave up as many Tds this year as I have in my career. He wouldn't last in our system bcuz he gives up too many Tds"
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