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Patrick Peterson: Sherman not a shutdown corner

Richard Sherman is never one to back down in a war of words. Enter Patrick Peterson.

The Arizona Cardinals star didn't hold back Thursday when asked about Sherman's claims that he's the NFL's best cornerback.

"I don't want to get in a debate as far as stats that he has and things like that," Peterson said during an interview on KMVP-FM. "Obviously his job is definitely much easier than mine. But if you look at their scheme and at our scheme, he's a Cover 3 corner. Period.

"A lot of guys say he's a shutdown corner. But if you look at film and guys who understand the game, go back and look at film and see how his defense is. I believe that if you put him in our system, I don't believe he'll be able to last, honestly. Because I actually do much more than he is (doing)."

Peterson believes Sherman's interception total -- he has 20 since entering the league in 2011 -- is a product of Seattle's system, not some transcendent skill set.

"I guess that's what the fans -- and everything like that -- they see he's got tons and tons of interceptions," Peterson said. "And that's all fine and dandy, but he's only covering space. He's not really covering a guy.

"So at the end of the day, he has great stats. He has great playmaking ability -- not taking that away from him, because he is a good corner. But as far as being a shutdown corner, man-to-man guy, in my eyes, I don't believe he's that."

Mr. Sherman will return fire in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...

UPDATE: A few hours later, Sherman responded via Twitter with the following graphic that appeared on "NFL Network."

To which Peterson replied ...

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