Antonio Cromartie, now of the Arizona Cardinals, was interviewed on the NFL Network’s NFL Total Access recently, and when he was shown the results of a fan poll naming Richard Sherman the league’s top cornerback (followed in order by Patrick Peterson, Darrelle Revis and Joe Haden), Cromartie was none too pleased.
Cromartie jumped out of his chair and demanded, “Hold on. Where my name?”
“If y’all just want to go off one or two seasons … that’s fine and dandy,” Cromartie said. “But go over the longevity of my career and then match it up against these right here.”
“To me, right now, it’s either me or (Revis),” Cromartie went on. “You got three guys that’s up and coming, but right now it’s either me or this guy — when we’re healthy.
“And when we’re healthy we know what we can do on the football field. We’ve both shown it in a Rex Ryan defense with zero help. We tell that safety to roll up to the other side. … I want these guys to be on an island by themselves and play zero coverage. They (haven’t) done it yet. They (haven’t) done nothing that me and Rev have done in Rex Ryan’s defense.”
Cromartie expanded on his “zero help” comment by saying that Sherman’s stats are buoyed by sharing the field with two All-Pro safeties in Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, and went on to acknowledge that he’s expecting Sherman to respond to his claims.
“Richard, if you’re watching,” Cromartie continued, “I understand you’re going to say something about it.”
Knowing Sherman, he won’t have to wait too long.