The backstory ... 34-year-old Revis -- a 7x Pro Bowler who last played in 2017 -- took a shot at Sherman during the NFC Championship game ... blasting him after he was beaten by Packers star Davante Adams.
Fear of getting beat in man to man coverage. Every snap every play. The fact that he doesn’t travel as a cornerback is lame. Except the challenge as the best and shut Adams down the entire game. Do it for the game of football. Stop hiding a cover 3 zone. pic.twitter.com/OWuzFtj8ov
So, who's right, who's wrong? We asked another former great defensive back -- 4x Pro Bowler and 2x Super Bowl champ -- Asante Samuel.
"It's really a crazy stupid debate in my opinion. It's like, you're saying you want him to stick the best man on the team, for what? For his own selfish purpose? What are you saying?" ... Samuel tells TMZ Sports.
"They won the game. The game plan is to go out there and win. They shut 'em down. He balled out."
Asante says corners who travel all over the field, following the other team's top receiver means nothing ... 'cause what matters is production -- a.k.a. interceptions.
"Too many can't do what me and Richard Sherman doing. You understand what I'm saying? I got 50 picks in 10 years. Richard Sherman, if he wouldn't have torn his Achilles, he'd probably be right there knocking on the door."
Samuel continued ... and might've thrown a little shade Revis' way.
"If you ain't productive, that's the end of the discussion. You ain't the top if you ain't productive. They can hype you up and say whatever they want, but 20 picks, 30 picks in a career is very average."
FYI, Darrelle finished his career with 29 interceptions.