Brandon Browner has helped spark the Patriots secondary to new heights with a physical style of play. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
CHANDLER, Ariz. — Darrelle Revis and Richard Sherman are considered the two best cornerbacks in the NFL. They’ll be playing on the game’s biggest stage Sunday.
They’ve shown over the course of their careers that they are both great but play the game with different approaches.
How are they different? Let someone who’s played with both explain.
“We play a lot more man to man over in New England,” Brandon Browner said Wednesday. “They play a lot of cover three in Seattle. [Sherman] plays to his leverage, knowing where help is coming from. He is a cerebral football player and so is Revis. Revis, he just has a nice balance about his game. It never seems like he takes a false step left or right. His game is pretty smooth and polished. It seems like he isn’t running as hard as the guy he is covering. The guy he is covering always seems like he is sprinting and (Revis) kind of has a jog about his game.”
Browner admitted he doesn’t watch them during games because he’s busy with his own responsibilities.
“I haven’t learned too much, but I do watch them because I am a fan of the game,” Browner said. “I do like to compare and contrast things that I do good and things that they do good. I can’t say I learned too much. We kind of talk to each other, both guys, we kind of bounce ideas off each other.”
Much was made of Browner saying he would go after the injured elbow of Richard Sherman this week. But he reiterated Wednesday that statement was taken out of context since reporters don’t have a personal understanding of his friendship with Sherman.
“I couldn’t have drawn it up any better,” Browner said. “Those guys are my best friends. It is a blessing to be in this game with those guys.”
Browner and Sherman remain close today, in part because they both play the game with such emotion.
“It is just the game that we play,” Browner said. “You kind of have to be that way. It is a violent game. Even if it is me against you, you hurt me, I hurt you or you make the play over me, I make the play over you. That is what it is.
“At the end of the day both defenses won’t be on the field at the same time. We’re going to do our best to take out their offense and vice versa. I’m not in competition with their defensive backs, I am in competition with Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch.”
What would a win this week mean to him?
“It means everything in the world,” Browner said. “If we can win it that would be something that can never take from us. It would be a part of history.”