“One day we’re gonna say that this is the best Jet in the history of the New York Jet franchise, I believe that.” So are the words from Jets coach Rex Ryan to the NFL Network in an interview for its top-100 countdown. “And I think we’re gonna also see him in Canton one day.”
No Rex is not speaking about Hall of Famers Joe Namath and Don Maynard. The individual is Jets CB Darrelle Revis.
While the 3 time pro bowler and runner up for 2009 Defensive Player of the Year (Woodson, Green Bay), certainly deserves praise for his work so far, the not so shy Ryan sees greater things in store for Revis.
“There’s a lot of good corners in this league, but there’s only one Darrelle Revis. There’s not a better zone (corner), there’s not a better man (man-to-man corner) — you name the defense, he’s the best at it.”
The NFL network is currently in the middle of counting down the top 100 players as voted by players. So far they have revealed 41-100 and Revis hasn’t been ranked yet.
Maynard, reached by ESPNNewYork.com, declined to comment on Ryan’s remarks, saying it is too tough to rank players from different eras.
“Everybody has his own opinion,” Maynard said. “It’s like a basketball official calling a ball game. When he blows the whistle, he pleases one team and displeases another. I’m not judging any of them. Whatever (Ryan) says is his business.”
Maynard did say this when whether he would have gotten open against Revis:
“Oh, yeah. It doesn’t matter if it was him or anyone else. I had a guy named Namath throwing me the ball. If he goes left, I go right. If he goes right, I go left — the ball would be there. And I’ve never been caught from behind. That’s why my book is called, ‘You Can’t Catch Sunshine.’ (Revis) is like Deion Sanders. I would’ve loved to have played against those guys.”