Richard Sherman has spoken and this time it is music to ears of New England Patriots fans. The Seattle Seahawks outspoken cornerback applauded the Patriots acquisition of Darrelle Revis and his former teammate Brandon Browner. He was particularly adamant about the type of physicality Browner brings to the Patriots. Sherman praised Browner and told the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe Monday that he thinks the Patriots have a top-3 secondary.
The Patriots secondary would rank behind the one he is apart of in Seattle of course. Sherman, who is flying high after coming off a Super Bowl victory and inking a new contract, took time to give some insight on Browner and the reason the Patriots brought him in despite a four-game drug suspension. He told Howe that both Browner and Revis were brought in to be more physical, especially with Denver Broncos receivers.
“I do think that was a huge part of it because (the Patriots) know Denver’s receivers gave them problems with physicality a lot of times,” Sherman said. “Especially once Aqib (Talib) went out, they had trouble stopping them, and it’s a game of wills. The Broncos were able to impose their physicality on them, and I think Brandon will negate all of that, and have a countering effect, impose his will and play a tougher game.”
Other than the obvious physical component that the 6-foot-4, 221-pound Browner adds to the team, Sherman says he is also a great teammate with a “very good football IQ,” which is more than likely one of the major reasons Bill Belichick felt is worth the risk. Browner with Revis to go along with safty Devin McCourty, Alfonso Dennard and promising second-year cornerback Logan Ryan may be one of the best defensive backfields Belichick has ever had. Sherman feels it is definitely a top-3 secondary.
“Man, I think they improved tremendously. They knew what they wanted to do and went out and got the best players available, and some of the best players in the football league to do what they need them to do. I think they’re going to have specific roles for each one of them, specific role for Darrelle and specific role for Brandon that is going to allow their talent to shine. I think they’ll definitely be a top 2, top-3 secondary in football.”
For the first time since the days of Ty Law and Asante Samuel, the Patriots will have a secondary that will cause opposing quarterbacks and receivers nightmares, of course it should anyway. They have the physical ability to be elite, but with the type of complicated scheme Belichick runs, it will depend on how fast they come together as a unit. Mental intelligence a lot of times outweighs physical talent in a game of position and execution.