If you’re able to watch 60 Minutes Sports on Tuesday, you should. If you’re not, you need to. That’s because Armen Keteyian has done a brilliant piece on Richard Sherman and Darrelle Revis, who are not-so-arguably the two best cover-corners in the NFL.
You’ve heard of the art of playing point guard, right? Well, this is about the art of playing corner.
“There’s so much that goes into it, particularly when you start to talk about the preparation that goes into it and the fact that there’s almost a process of elimination during the running of the route,” Keteyian said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “So you have all these tremendous athletes who can do all sorts of different things on the field. But the real difference-maker between Richard and Darrelle and other corners in the NFL is their ability to think in real time and blinks of an eye as a receiver is running a route down the field and literally eliminating routes or directions that a receiver can go based upon maybe where he lines up and down-and-distance formation. And then once (wide receivers) break off the line, the really good cornerbacks will know almost immediately that of the five directions a certain receiver can go, three of those are eliminated based on where they are on the field, their down, distance, who the quarterback is or other things. So it’s fascinating to kind of get inside the minds of these two guys, and as you well know, Sherman – he’s just a joy. He’s a lot of fun to be around.”
Revis and Sherman are extremely similar. They play the same position, they’re great at what they do, they’re extremely well paid, and they’ve both won a Super Bowl.
But they’re also very different.
“Well, one is super quiet,” Keteyian said, referring to Revis. “He lets his play do the talking. Richard is loud and cocky. So those are the easiest (differences) to see. Darrelle is much more of a tactician, much more of a guy who really studies the subtleties of the game, whereas Richard is more of a gambler. He’s a guy who relies upon his instincts, I think, more than Darrelle does. Darrelle is kind of a guy who lets other people kind of do the talking for him.”
Keteyian said he came away highly impressed with both men, though Sherman caught him off guard – in a good way.
“I thought I was going to get the caricature out there,” Keteyian said. “I thought I was going to get this loud, sort-of-cocky, not-a-lot-of-substance kind of guy – and it turned out to be 180 degrees different. And that, to me, was where this piece really became interesting because Richard has done a lot of interviews, but I don’t think he’s done a lot of interviews like we did, where we really spent a lot of time getting inside the game. It was a lot of fun to do the piece, and I think it’ll be a lot of fun to watch it.”
The piece airs Nov. 3 on Showtime at 8 p.m. ET.