When all is said and done, we’re giving the nod to Vincent and Taylor.
Sure, both of these great Philly tandems have had postseason success. Both have made their share of notable plays. We mentioned the Taylor pick-six against Atlanta, but would be remiss if we didn’t mention Brown’s legendary de-cleating of Reggie Bush in the 2006 Divisional Round. You also have to mention that Brown and Sheppard can lay claim to starting in a Super Bowl together. Vincent and Taylor can’t say that.
That being said, there was much more that went into the Eagles reaching the Super Bowl than the corners (the names Terrell Owens, Jeremiah Trotter, and Jevon Kearse may ring a bell). Taylor and Vincent, as mentioned, were able to take over games, and they also have the edge in Pro Bowl nods, a six to two edge. Also, consider that both of the first pair of corners made Pro Bowls. Taylor and Vincent also have the edge statistically as well, with 47 interceptions between them (Vincent with 28 and Taylor with 19), compared to Sheppard and Brown’s 37 (19 for Brown and 18 for Sheppard). Yes, Taylor and Vincent had more in-game Eagles appearances between them, but we won’t hold that against them, will we?
Here’s the clincher. One also has to consider that Vincent was also named to the Eagles 75th-Anniversary team, and is widely considered as one of the team’s two best at the position. His name also comes up around Hall of Fame season as well.
With that being said, while there really isn’t a right or wrong answer, the title of best cornerback tandem goes to Troy Vincent and Bobby Taylor. Feel free to sound off on which tandem you think was better, or just genuinely enjoyed watching more if you agree or if you disagree.
P.S. While we gave Vincent and Taylor the victory in this one, the above picture of Sheldon Brown is pretty doggone cool, isn’t it?