Denver’s Aqib Talib and Chris Harris form one of the best cornerback tandems in the NFL right now. That’s not good enough for Talib.
“We trying to be number 1 when we done!!!” he wrote on Twitter.
That was in response to NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison, who ranked his greatest cornerback tandems of all time. He put Talib and Harris at No. 3 overall. It’s worth noting that the rankings go by year, so he’s specifically picking them from 2016, not their entire careers together – in essence, saying that the 2016 combo was even better than the 2015 tandem, when they won the Super Bowl.
“You can’t always go back into the black-and-white footage,” Harrison said. “Sometimes, guys are recent. And Aqib Talib and Chris Harris, Jr., these guys have been great for [the Denver Broncos]. And again, you say, this was just last year, how can you say ‘all time’? Because I think in 10 years, people are gonna appreciate what these guys were able to do. I know that DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller have been great. But don’t you think some sacks and pressures come from the fact that the quarterback is having to hold the ball and pat, pat pat?”
Steve Wyche was also on NFL Total Access for the segment, and he agreed that Harris and Talib have been outstanding.
“They’re conjoined,” Wyche said, “but the one thing you talk about: These guys play a lot of man coverage. These aren’t these guys just cherry-picking back here in zone. They play a lot of man coverage, they’re very aggressive and willing tacklers. Chris Harris, one of my favorite players. Aqib Talib, one of the best cover guys.”
The only tandems ranked ahead of Harris and Talib were the 1962 Detroit Lions pair of Dick Lane and Dick LeBeau and 1983 Oakland Raiders cornerbacks Lester Hayes and Mike Haynes.