Does Darrelle Revis get favorable treatment from officials?

By Marc A. Greenberg

Darrelle Revis of the Jets defends Brandon Marshall of the Miami Dolphins. (Oct. 17, 2011) (Photo credit: Jim McIsaac)

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall is no stranger to controversy.

So his comments recently that New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis gets favorable treatment from officials, the “Jordan rules”, shouldn’t raise too any eyebrows.

But does Revis?

When the Jets hosted the Dolphins earlier this year, Revis intercepted a pass intended for Marshall, returning it 100 yards for a touchdown.

Marshall, speaking to the New York media on Wednesday, said Revis should have been flagged.

“You know what my technique could have been better, but at the same time I think they gave him the ‘Jordan Rule,’” Marshall said, via comments distributed by the team. “Michael Jordan, you get a little close to Michael Jordan they are going to call a foul, it works that way in football. Some guys you know they are scared to throw the flag on and he may be getting that rule.”

Marshall said that, nine out of 10 times, any other cornerback would have been flagged for interference. “I have a little following behind me, I am one of the faces of football, but it’s not as big as Darrelle’s, so when they have to pick, they pick Darrelle,” Marshall said.

“Darrelle is one of the best corners in the league right now, but he’s still human,” Marshall said. “Being honest, there’s some guys you have to put in a couple hours to prepare for and there’s some guys like Darrelle that you gotta put in a lot of overtime. I still have my old notes on him so it makes it easier. … There’s no real trash talking, but there’s no backing down.”

If you have watched Revis this season, you know how good he is.  His ability to stay with a receiver through cuts and screens is incredible; still, he does a lot of grabbing.  So, can he get away with that because he is Darrelle Revis, or should he be flagged regardless of his status?

The Jets need to beat Marshall and the Dolphins in order to have a shot at the playoffs. The Jets also need more help from other teams than whatever help Marshall thinks the refs give to Revis.