SOUTH SIDE – On the seventh day, God rested. The NFL, however, plays on Sundays. So Jarvis Landry wonders why God didn’t spend at least part of that day creating the world’s perfect cornerback.
Because if He did, according Landry, someone – finally – might be able to cover him.
Landry is the leading receiver for the Miami Dolphins, who of course are in Pittsburgh this Sunday to play the Steelers in an AFC wild-card game.
Last week, The Ringer’s Kevin Clark asked Landry what defensive back can stop him. Landry replied, “I have not found one yet and probably never will find one in my career.”
This exchange ensued:
“God hasn’t made one. He can’t and he won’t.”
There must be someone, right? Seattle’s Richard Sherman?
Arizona’s Patrick Peterson?
New England’s Malcolm Butler?
Kansas City’s Marcus Peters?
He volunteers a name:
“Deion Sanders? No.”
The Steelers’ Ross Cockrell and Artie Burns weren’t even under consideration, of course – which is understandable considering the duo combines for just 32 career starts. And Landry also had a good-but-not-remarkable day when he faced the Steelers in South Florida on Oct. 16: In only three games this season did Jarvis Landry have more catches than he had against the Steelers (seven). In only four games did he attain more yardage (91).
Burns was asked Wednesday morning what he thought about Landry’s comments:
“I mean, that’s his opinion, that’s his motto, that’s the way he thinks. Every man has to have a high opinion of themselves and has got to boost their confidence and stuff like that, you know? That’s just the way thinks.
“I don’t know him on a personal level – I’ve seen him play, I respect his game and he’s a real good receiver.”
Burns was asked if he has the same “no-one-can-beat-me” mentality as a cornerback:
“Most definitely. That’s the nature of ‘ball; you gotta have that ego about yourself. You can’t just go out there and be like, ‘Oh this guy is real good – he might beat me,’ or something like that.”
Burns was not a starter for that 30-15 loss to the Dolphins; he became one two weeks later. Now, he rarely leaves the field for the Steelers’ defense. Safe to say, we’l learn Sunday whether Burns is an earthly human being capable of limiting Landry.
(Then again, no confirmation is available on the carbon-based life flesh-and-blood composition of the DB’s for the Jets or 49ers, who this season during games held Landry to 33 and 28 receiving yards, respectively).