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.