Ranting On Revis


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2. Darrelle Revis did practice today but only in individual drills. It is being reported that he met with coach Rex Ryan this morning, who will ultimately make the decision whether he plays or not. The soundbites we have heard from Revis make it sound like he’d prefer to rest the hamstring heading into the bye week, which probably makes the most sense.

Ranting On Revis

It is hard to remember the last time a Jets player has had such a sudden drop in popularity as the one Darrelle Revis has seen in the past 9 months. At the end of the 2009 season, he was clearly the Jets best player, coming off one of the best individual defensive years in recent NFL history, and couldn’t have been liked anymore by the fan base. Revis arrived as a front line star in the league, complete with entertaining commercials:

Then talk of a holdout came…then a “headache” caused Revis to miss a few plays at mini-camp…then of course, the holdout actually took place. Some fans lost a good amount of respect for Revis considering he had three years left on his deal and the amount of money he was asking for. Regardless, when Rex Ryan finally helped push both sides towards an agreement, everybody was happy to have him back. There was talk during the holdout about his ability to play at a high level or even staying healthy after missing training camp, but most of that was washed away in the excitement of the season starting and Revis’ solid performance against Baltimore in week one.

Things began to turn in week two, when Randy Moss posterized Revis with a one handed touchdown reception and he subsequently left the game with the all too predictable hamstring injury. It is logical enough that if you aren’t properly trained to chase around one of the fastest players in the NFL, you are going to get hurt.

The bottom line is that Darrelle Revis got another 4 years and 46 million dollars added on to his contract from the Jets and he has repaid them by being out of shape, continually running his mouth when he shouldn’t, and contributing nothing to their impressive 4-1 start.

It is odd because Revis genuinely seems like a good guy off the field. He has never been in trouble and prior to this year always represented the organization extremely well. Yet, why open your mouth just days after signing a new contract to talk about potentially holding out again in 2012?

“That’s a great question. If I continue to play ball like I usually do, we’ll probably be back at that same position we were this year.”

Guess we won’t have to worry about that, because the Revis of the 2009 is MIA.

Then you have Revis talking down to Randy Moss prior the Jets playing the Vikings this past week.

In the second half, you could tell he was putting his foot on the brake,” said the Jets’ star cornerback, looking forward to facing the Minnesota Vikings Monday night. “I mean, everybody knows that’s Randy. Sometimes he plays 100 percent, sometimes he doesn’t.”

I am sorry but prior to week 5 in the 2010 season, 2009 is ancient history which means Revis shouldn’t be saying anything about Moss since he missed the past two games with an injury, and oh by the way Moss did this to him in week 2 of the 2010 season:

Revis suited up and came back for the Vikings game but was a shell of his former self. Shame on him for coming back too early from the injury and not taking himself out when he was clearly ineffective and shame on the coaches for putting him out there and then not pulling him. After the game Revis had this to say about Percy Harvin beating him for a touchdown:

“(Safety) help was supposed to be there, but it came late,” Revis said. “But it was man coverage. That’s still my guy…. He made a great catch and scored a touchdown… If I was 100 percent, I think I’d be there with him.”

Don’t even mention the safety help. Nobody is interested in the excuses and you should have taken yourself out if you were less than 100 percent.

The good news is that the Jets have still managed a 4-1 start without any contribution from Revis. Right now he needs to rehab the next few weeks and worry about getting himself 100 percent for the second half of the season. Until then he shouldn’t be running his mouth and he shouldn’t be on the field.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • simplysimon2

    Totally agree, Joe. Thanks for speaking my mind!

  • mykebe1

    O now he wants saftey help huh what happened to revis island he needs to miss atleast the next two weeks and maybe even the greenbay game it took cotchery 3 weeks to get back to normal last year.

  • Jets4Life


    Great post. I could not have said it any better. If you want to be a top star in the league (like Moss), shut your mouth, don’t make excuses and play like one. I hope the celebrity hasn’t gotten to him. Last year he was a hungry player on a mission. This year he’s a completely different player and with a different mindset.

    I also think Ryan is doing the right thing. Revis might be the Jet’s Jeter but playing decisions need to be made by the head coach. I think Revis lost some trust from Ryan because he wasn’t honest about the injury.

    But as you said – In light of all this, we’re 4-1 so we all need to keep proper perspective.

    Time to get revenge this week. I still remember Vinny and Parcells had a 10-3 lead at the half in Denver. Then Elway killed us in the 2nd half. If we beat them, we would have won the Super Bowl that year.

  • Joe Caporoso

    That game in Denver still stings and always will until we win a SB.

    And Revis can’t be Jeter until he acts and plays the way he did in 2009 for an extended period of time…and wins a few championships of course haha

  • BroncosFan

    Oh come on everyone knew the Broncos were the better football team. John Elway 2nd Half at home? Thats automatic, but I will say that was a valiant effort by the Jets but you just ran into a better football team that year. Now for the game this Sunday? I hope we win, but it’s not lookin good