Deion is an amazing corner that was never passed at.....
If you throw at Deion, its picked off and taken to the house.
I've been watching Champ since the Redskins days, I've seen him shut out out Joe Horn against my Saints, and lock down plenty of guys, and I also saw him get burned for 3 td's by Jerry porter, and basically get handled that whole year, to the point where I doubted he was even the best corner.
Luckily he bounced back and proved me wrong.
I don't think you understand defensive game planning, if you think it is better to have your corners attacked.
Deion takes away one side of the field, meaning that safety can come up in the box on virtually every play, and if you don't have another good corner the other safety can help over the top.
Just think about in the red zone, when you know which way the ball is going, its so easy to stop.
You don't base your defense around trying to make big plays, that's how you get burned (think Bengals) you play to completely shut them down, and win the ball control battle.
I dunno, maybe we have different philosophy on defense, but I don't want teams shooting for long plays, even if I have a great corner, because everyone gets beat eventually, and it will bite you in the ass.
Having a guy like Sanders that wasn't thrown at makes it easier, most of him not being thrown at was probably reputation and such, or getting in the QB's head much like a Chad Johnson.
I find it hard to believe that Champ is better, when Deion is a better cover guy, while balancing a baseball career, catching passes, and playing special teams, while Champ was just playing corner.
Edit: BTW I think this is a good debate, otherwise I wouldn't bother..... and someone else should definitely join in.