Dec 29, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) against Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
The slogan “put up or shut up” comes to mind when it comes to all of the corner-backs involved in the debate for the best DB in the NFL, talking has never won anyone anything in athletic competition and this is one war that will be won only on the field.
As we edge closer to the start of training camp, this will be the time for Arizona Cardinals star corner-back Patrick Peterson to emerge from amongst the rest and separate himself with a fantastic 2014 season. The extra work load of punt returner and wide receiving duties have been taken away and he can now put all of his efforts in being the best corner he can be.
Competition brings out the best in the savvy type players, they thrive on putting themselves up so high on the pedestal they believe they are invincible and nothing can break them. But thinking that way makes performance become an absolute must without excuse.
When Peterson first came into the league it was clear he possessed that savvy attitude, but it was a healthy attitude that breathed “I have arrived” and talking trash was not how he presented himself on or off the field and he performed great all season.
Then the pressure came on when the talking started, the season after his amazing rookie year he began to let it be known he was great(and that may have been the case) but we all seen the results of him trying to live up to the hype. The following season he did everything he could to capture the magic of his rookie season and ended with a mediocre one, for a player of his talent.
Now the battle with Richard Sherman brews and its possible that the focus becomes “let me prove to the world I’m better” but with that the microscope expands every small mistake made, and every catch an opposing receiver gets will be magnified and compared to all the other DB’s and their game performances, then the war of words will continue. In all wars there are casualties and those casualties occur when the focus is lost and one is caught with their pants down and get exposed.
Focus is the key to a season that Peterson is capable of and with his focus on his own team and not what competitors are doing he will silence the critics with out a doubt with his play on the field. Our prediction he will be the number one corner in the league for 2014 with 50 plus solo tackles along with seven interceptions and numerous pass break-ups, return 2 picks for touchdowns, and put himself above the rest because of his talent on the field and not from the trash talk from his mouth.