The Players' Tribune is one of my favorite websites. There is a lot of insightful commentary there. I especially love the articles when a player goes in depth discussing the technical nuances and behind the scenes works that makes the top players great.
Antonio Cromartie penned a piece on the top cornerbacks in the league and what makes them special. He talks about the things Chris Harris, Aqib Talib, Joe Haden, Patrick Peterson, and Richard Sherman bring to the table. Then, of course, he talks about his partner, Darrelle Revis.
Darrelle is a guy who understands the body language of the receiver as well as what he’s trying to do. And because he understands them so well, he’s able to get his hands on receivers and manipulate them by throwing off the timing of their route or just staying on their hip throughout the route, because he knows what’s coming.
His patience is also one of his most valuable tools. That’s where the understanding of body language comes in, too. He never bites on the first move, or the second move. Darrelle knows each receiver so well that while the receiver is doing all that dancing and head-faking, he’s just sitting back and waiting. The only move he jumps on is the final move, which is why it’s so hard to separate from him, and that always puts him in the right spot at the right time.
I encourage you to click on the link to read not just about Revis but about all of the corners. It goes in depth to a degree you seldom see in the media.