By glenn erby

I know the title of this post is confusing and probably will lead to Antonio Cromartie receiving some backlash for these comments.

Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie is maturing, and with that he’s becoming a leader, and a team guy.  Darrelle Revis is gone, and Cromartie is the best defensive player on the team now.

Cromartie for his part thinks he could be the best corner in the game, but according to the New York Post, that’s not his goal, but team success is.

“I think so if I’m playing on a consistent basis and using my techniques and doing the things I need to do,” Cromartie told The Post last week.

“Can I be? Yes. Do I care to be? No,” he said. “If we’re winning and I’m doing the things I need to do, then that’s what it’s really all about.”

The light seems to have gone on for the 29-year-old Cromartie, and with the departure of Revis and others, Cromartie has taken on the reigns of leader, and tutor for young Jets teammates.

He again emphasized that his role as team leader means more to him than his rank as one of the game’s top defensive backs.

“I couldn’t care less if someone said I’m the best corner in the NFL,” Cromartie said. “I really don’t care about that. I’m more focused on, ‘Am I doing the right things and are the young guys doing the right things they need to be doing?’ If we’re all playing as one, our whole secondary is the best. That’s the way I’m looking at it.”

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