Darrelle Revis Looking Ahead to Miami game


Aug 26, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) during the second half of their game against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Jets 17-12. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

As we all know by now, Darrelle Revis was cleared for full contact yesterday. He said yesterday that he is playing on Sunday, and although the coaching staff is going to lean on the trainers before announcing that officially, barring a setback it seems that Darrelle will return on Sunday.

Darrelle certainly sounds ready to go. Yesterday, he was talking Dolphins receivers. Here is what he had to say about them:

Another challenge for this team is playing in the Miami heat. It’s been tough for them when they play at the end of the season, it certainly will be warm on Sunday:

It’s a really big challenge for us. We’ve been very proactive in coming out here and practicing very up-tempo, a lot of no huddle stuff in practice too, to handle this on Sunday. It’s going to be hot. I remember last year in the game, our last game, it was very hot. I remember needing to come out some times because it was so hot and I wasn’t feeling well. We understand that and I think guys have been doing extra conditioning and certain things so it won’t be (an issue).

Darrelle certainly sounds like a guy ready to play, doesn’t he? Obviously this is a big break for the Jets if he can go, and bad news for the Dolphins.

On the next page, coach Ryan talks about how Revis being back affects the team’s attitude.

September 16, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan looks on from the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Rex clearly feels that the team’s attitude is improved with Revis back on the field:

Well, I think you feel good when you have the best player on the field, that can’t hurt you. They have some great players over there at Miami, they have a great left tackle, Jake Long, they have an excellent guard beside him, they have Reggie Bush (who’s) a tremendous football player, but there’s only one Darrelle Revis. I know I feel great about it. It’s hard not to smile if he’s out there, you feel great as a play-caller, Mike Pettine and all (of them). You feel good having the best player (out there).

Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is thrilled well. He talked about how he looked in practice when he was asked if Darrelle looked 100%. He said, “Sure. He looks like Darrelle.”

The game plan doesn’t change that much when Darrelle isn’t around. It changes a little, as Mike pointed out:

It changes, but not a lot. We felt confident moving (Antonio) Cromartie around a little bit, but it definitely affects some of the calls, where you felt comfortable leaving him basically alone on half the field, whereas when he’s not in there, it’s a handful of things.

Hopefully there will be no setbacks. We saw last week that Pittsburgh killed the Jets with underneath stuff in the air, as well as the long touchdown to Mike Wallace. As good as the guys they have are, as coach Ryan said, there is only one Darrelle Revis.