Yesterday, we examined the validity of Brandon Flowers claim of being the best cornerback in football. While Flowers had an uncharacteristic year in 2013, previous years work would likely put him in the same class as some of the league’s best. True or not, Flowers statement sent ripples through the NFL community, prompting Packers tackle, T.J. Lang, to proclaim himself the best cornerback in the NFL.
Since everybody else is saying it, I might as well join. I am the best corner in the NFL.
— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) July 2, 2014
All joking aside, this statement is a solid motivating factor for the Chargers defense.
We have seen over the past two seasons, that Super Bowl Champions are usually made from intimidating defensive characters. The 2012 Baltimore Ravens had Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs, and while Reed isn’t the loudest mouth in the game, his running mates sure know how to talk. And sometimes your mouth can get you into trouble in the NFL, but when you back up your talk, it creates a certain intimidation factor that builds champions.
We saw this all too well with the Seattle Seahawks last season. Richard Sherman and the rest of the Legion of Boom, along with linebacker Bobby Wagner are some of the loudest players in the game. And unfortunately for the rest of the league, when this team raised Lombardi, there was nothing for anyone else to say.
So ya, I don’t prefer my players to go running their mouth, but there is a certain tenacity this defense has been missing for years, and it’s part of the reason the unit was arguably the worst passing defense in the NFL. Guys like Eric Weddle, Donald Butler, and Corey Liuget are not only excellent players, but go about their business the right way. However, it seems this defense needs a little character it has missed since the departure of Shawne Merriman. I like Flowers coming out and trying to be that guy. And for that, I give his statement a B+.
Now, it all comes down to proving it on the field. You can’t proclaim yourself the best corner in football and then let down your teammates. I’m excited to see this secondary grow in 2014. I feel like the passing defense could take a quantum leap into the top 10 against the pass in 2014.