Purely an opinion piece, but if you disagree with my assessment... You're wrong. It's obvious. This is how things work. Don't get all bent out of shape because I don't even know your opinion. It's my way or the highway, and the highway is a scary ass place.
Okay, but seriously...
I'm sure it will happen, but I don't even have a guess as to how the NFL could make it any harder to play cornerback. A corner is already one of the most disadvantaged players, in the league. They have to cover the quickest and fastest offensive players, and play almost completely reactionary. Corners need to react immediately to the changes in direction by the receiver, while knowing when the ball will be thrown, and where. A good corner can read a play, and when they see run, come up in run support, but he will always run the risk of allowing his receiver over the top of him for an easy catch.
On top of these things, a corner has lost almost all ability to play physical coverage. If he so much as gets in the way of the receiver, "illegal contact - five yard penalty - first down offense". Corners are given very little leeway to make a play on the ball, especially if by making that play they end up hitting the receiver. The new rules that have been implemented by the NFL, have been more detrimental to cornerbacks than any other position in the league. Most of the rules limit contact between the corner and his receiver, to basically a zero-tolerance policy, and by proxy make it almost impossible to play the position. Corners are taught to take the following steps, in order, when making a play on a pass: 1) Pick the ball, 2) if an interception is unlikely, knock the ball down, 3) if they can't get the ball before it is caught, rip the ball from the receiver, 4) if they can't get to the receiver's hands, dislodge the ball with a big hit. The entire reason a cornerback gets paid, is to keep the receiver from catching the ball, but if they have to resort to "dislodging the ball" from the receiver, they will likely be called for a defenseless receiver penalty. If they have to cut off the receiver to make a pick, or knock the ball down, they are likely to be called for pass interference. With the odds stacked completely against them, on every single play, cornerbacks are tasked with ensuring that the offense can't complete passes... which has become the focal point of most offenses, and therefore have also become the most important position on a football field.
It's why I love the attitude of corners like Richard Sherman. Talk shit because the odds are already against you, so if you're successful at your job, you deserve to be arrogant. Why stay quiet when you're already the punching bag?
And with that said, below is a list of my favorite cornerbacks in the NFL:
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