Before the season, Tampa Bay’s Darrelle Revis and Seattle’s Richard Sherman seemed to have a beef: Sherman called himself the best cornerback in the game, and Revis said Sherman doesn’t show enough respect to older players. At least, that’s how it was portrayed publicly.

Privately, Sherman says he has talked to Revis about it, and the two have no problems with each other.

“I think one of those things, just like a lot of other things, is a lot of media fabrication more than anything,” Sherman said. “People make it more of a big deal than it really is. Guys have conversations off the field and are good friends. People would be surprised. They think they’re really mortal enemies, and it’s really not like that.”

Sherman said he’s friendly with Revis, and that they’re both just competitors who have confidence in themselves.

“We’ve had a few conversations,” Sherman said of Revis. “He’s a great guy and we squashed all the nonsense. As a corner, at the cornerback position, I think every one of them out there is going to say that they’re the best, and that’s the way you’ve got to play the position. I’m sure every corner out there that’s playing good football right now – Joe Haden, Patrick Peterson, Darrelle Revis, Aqib Talib, Alterraun Verner – feels like they’re the best corner in football. In order to play this game at the highest level, that’s how you’ve got to feel. That’s the confidence you feel. Now they may not go out and say it out loud and proclaim it like I do, but I’m 100 percent sure they feel that way.