Graphic Shows Aqib Talib Outplayed Darrelle Revis in 2013

Nov 24, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib (31) defends a pass intended for Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) in the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the Denver Broncos 34-31. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve all heard it before. Revis Island.

Darrelle Revis is supposedly the best cornerback in the league, this is something we are supposed to believe as fact, and if you disagree you don’t think Revis is going to the Hall of Fame someday.

We all know that Darrelle Revis is a fantastic player. One of the best to ever play the position and one of the best in the league yet today at playing cornerback and locking down opposing receivers. But is he “THE” best? Is Richard Sherman better? Patrick Peterson?

What about new Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib? Does he have an argument that HE is the best corner in the NFL?

For what it’s worth, Revis still graded out as Pro Football Focus’ number one cornerback last season, but unless the numbers aren’t telling us the whole story, he was out-played by Talib who had a greater number of passes thrown his direction, as this graphic from NFL Network shows (apologize for quality).

As far as replacing Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, I think the Broncos’ front office did an exceptional job and may have upgraded–if even slightly–over the long term. Talib had a great season in 2013 and this graphic proves he deserves to be considered one of the best cornerbacks–perhaps THE best–in the NFL.

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  • Matthew Heuser

    For the price compared to revis yes. But I’m worried he stays healthy.

  • Martens Ernest

    The difference is Greg Schiano didn’t put revis in the best position to do what he does, belichick did that with talib with revis in NE he will excel with a mastermind of def in bill belichick not to say Talib won’t excel but I don’t think he is better then Revis

  • Kristian Lundgaard

    Talib had 2 INTs/PD in the final 9 games, along with not finishing in the top 20 of PFF top corners. No he didn’t play better than Revis. It’s not close either. Revis was the #1 corner per PFF when he was in a scheme that didn’t allow him to do what he does best and was coming off a knee injury.

  • mad_science

    Talib not only turned in better statistics, he also played against far better opponents then Revis did. Talib is a good player on a good team, being compared to Revis a good player on a bad team. Now they are both on good teams, practicing against great QBs. 2014 will tell the tail of who is better. My money would be on Talib if he can stay out of trouble and healthy…