Rex Ryan calls Darrelle Revis the best in the NFL

By Marc A. Greenberg

New York Jets Head coach Rex Ryan doesn’t just think CB Darrelle Revis is the best cornerback in the NFL; Ryan thinks Revis is the best player in the NFL.

In being asked what stood out to Ryan during a review of the game film from the Jets 17-16 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, Ryan was quick to credit Revis.

“Quite honestly, he’s the best player in football,” Ryan said, in comments distributed by the team. “That is what you saw out there. Hold Reggie Wayne, who led the league in catches, I think he had 111 catches, to one catch for one yard. That tells you how good Darrelle Revis is. I know he’s probably not going to win the Defensive Player of the Year award, but the impact he has is amazing. We were able to do some coverages during the game where we actually played man-coverage strictly on his side regardless of who the receiver was and roll their coverage away from it. You only do that if you have Darrelle Revis. He’s an amazing once-in-a-life-time player and we took advantage of him.”

As for this week’s matchup with the Patriots, Ryan expets the same respect that Peyton Manning gave Revis to be given by Patriots QB Tom Brady.

“This week will be the same deal because when people see [Revis] over there, they don’t even throw to him,” Ryan said. “They realize that that guy isn’t open. I don’t care who the receiver is, he is not going to be open. We know that and we’ll try to take advantage of it again this week.”