New York Jets and Darrelle Revis: The Morning After


Oct 16, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots cornerback

Darrelle Revis

(24) and strong safety

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(23) celebrate after the New York Jets missed a two-point conversion during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

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Good morning Jets fans. How are you feeling? Are you still giddy over the news last night? Jets fans far and wide have been celebrating all night with the news that Darrelle Revis is trading in his Patriots’ blue and getting back into Jets green and white. Jets fans are rejoicing and remembering days gone by of receivers being shut down, and clutch interceptions by Darrelle Revis. Fans are welcoming home one of the greatest players ever to wear the uniform.

I wanted to go into a bit more detail this morning, taking a look at this from all sides. You know how I feel overall about Revis. I’m not thrilled about it, and think we could have spent our money elsewhere. So, let’s talk about the man of the hour, cornerback Darrelle Revis.

First of all, to me he is not the greatest Jet ever. At the highest, Revis is third, behind Joe Namath and Curtis Martin. But that is just me, and merely an aside point. Moving on.

Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand why the Jets paid the piper, and brought Darrelle Revis back. The Jets were terrible at the position last year, and desperately needed an overhaul. Darrelle Revis is one of the best (not the best anymore) at the position, and brings instant improvement and credibility to the Jets secondary once again. Here are the career numbers for Revis, for anyone curious:

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Darrelle Revis has had a terrific career, there is no doubt about that.  When you look at his age, turning 30 this summer, you would think Revis should have at least 2-3 good years left in him.

Despite all of that, Darrelle Revis is not the same player that he once was.  You could argue that he has begun that downward trail that a football player often begins at around the age of 30.  Since the ACL injury, this is not the same player.

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Feb 1, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) celebrates after defeating the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Patriots won 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

I am not going to lie. I was just as nauseous as anyone reading this post, when the picture above happened live. Seeing Darrelle Revis win a Super Bowl, and with that team, cut deep. But that doesn’t change the fact that Revis is not the same player that he was.

In 2011, one year before Revis tore his ACL, he put up an overall Pro Football Focus grade of 24.8. His grade against the pass was 18.7. Contrast that with 2014, one full season after his injury. Revis’ overall grade was 19.6, and 15.7 against the pass.

Quarterbacks completed 51.8% of their passes thrown at Revis is 2014. Not bad, but compare that to 2011 when quarterbacks completed 41.2% of their passes at Revis, and you wonder.

Are those numbers bad? Of course not, but they aren’t what he used to be. They really aren’t close to what they used to be.

Still, I will give you that those numbers are still far better than anything the Jets put on the field last season. With all that, I am not trying to say that Darrelle Revis is not an upgrade, on the field.

But Darrelle Revis is not an upgrade off of the field.

We have all seen this act before, ladies and gentlemen. When Darrelle Revis gets paid, his more than happy to shower his new address love and affection. He will holdout, folks, and he will do it sooner rather than later. Why? That is how Darrelle Revis does business. It is proven. Darrelle Revis is happy when he gets his money, and it has nothing to do with where he is playing.

Look at his Tweet from last night:

I want to thank the Pats and Pats Nation for an unbelievable year. NEW YORK I’m coming home. #revisisland #jetnation

— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) March 11, 2015

Can we stop it please? This is the same guy that when the Jets wouldn’t pay him two years ago, said that Tampa Bay was “more of a family”. Now that the Jets are willing to pay up, all of a sudden, Darrelle Revis never wanted to leave? Come on. Stop it. Now he is home? As if. Darrelle Revis has no allegiance to a team. He has his love for money, and that is it.

Home is where the bank is, when it comes to Darrelle Revis. Sorry, but it is the truth.

Don’t get attached, Jets fans. If we don’t win the Super Bowl in the next couple of years, we will grow to hate Darrelle Revis once again. We will remember why we were fine with seeing him go. At least some of us were.

Darrelle Revis is a businessman. He has the right to get paid. I am not saying no. Football careers are typically short, and come with great health problems in retirement. Revis has the right to get his, just like the rest of us do. I just don’t want to hear about his love for New York, because it’s not true. It is hypocritical.

I get the move. But I don’t like it. Darrelle Revis, can you prove me wrong? Sure. INTERCEPT PASSES. Play the life of your contract, with your mouth shut. That would change my mind.

Let’s see if he can do it.

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