Nov 30, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; New England Patriots cornerbackDarrelle Revis
(24) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Darrelle Revis had a reunion with the Jets beat reporters on Wednesday night via conference call. Here are some of his thoughts.
Revis on what went into his decision to return to the Jets:
A number of teams, once I got released and became a free agent from (New England), a number of teams called. (Inaudible) It was a no-brainer to come here because I know the organization. They drafted me and I have a lot of history here. I love being around the people I’ve met in the organization and I just have a lot of ties here. This is where my heart is. When I got drafted in 2007, the GM then was Mike Tannenbaum and I told him I would do everything in my power to try to bring a championship to this organization and I still feel that way. That’s something that I want to be a part of and (one of the things that) I want to bring to the organization is winning. That was probably one of the big reasons to really come back home, it is just because I still have that mindset.
Revis finds it surreal to be coming back to the Jets:
You summed it up, it’s pretty surreal. But at the same time, it’s exciting. All that I’ve gone through and the history that I have with this organization, it’s just great, they’ve accepted me back with open arms. We’ve been through a lot. This is my first team, (the team) that drafted me and gave me a chance to fulfill my dreams and become a great football player. It’s a lot of love here, so I’m excited and happy to be back (and to be) part of a great organization.
Darrelle talked about being on both sides of the Jets rivalry with the Patriots:
I’d probably say it’s been a whirlwind the way things have panned out. I think that’s how you look at it. For me, it was just a whirlwind. Getting hurt, I’d never been seriously hurt where I had to get surgery. Getting hurt, tearing my ACL, and getting prepared for the next season, trade talks and me leaving, not knowing where I’m going to play football, what my future is, and then playing in Tampa, getting traded to Tampa, and then getting released by them and trying to figure out the best place to try to win and I felt the best place was New England. So, it’s been a crazy two or three years in my career. But, I believe in myself and what I bring to the table and also I just believe in my agents and the people I have around me give me good counsel and I just needed to get back to 100 percent to play well. (The Jets and New England), we’re rivals. I was on both sides of the fence. I got to experience both sides, now I’m back in the Green & White. Its competition, its football. It’s competition. Those games usually come down to tight-fought games and that’s just how the rivalry is. My experience on both sides of the fence, they’ve been awesome and they will be continue to be awesome when I get to play against them twice a year again. It was great. It was a crazy two or three years. But at the same time, I grew a lot as a man and as a football player and I got to finish a lot of stuff.
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Oct 16, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) and strong safetyPatrick Chung
(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
They tried to ask Darrelle the money question, here is how he responded:
We all understand you need a contract to play and that’s how I look at it. You need a contract to play. Everybody has their own opinion about the subject. This is my fifth contract. It’s a contract. It really doesn’t matter the money or what the situation is. Every player in this league has to get paid and they’ve got to sign a contract. So, whatever the numbers are on a contract, on a document, that’s what it is. Everybody has to get paid according to how they perform on the field.
Revis talked about what he learned while playing on the dark side:
Just so much stuff I learned, football-wise from Bill (Belichick). He’s going to be a Hall of Fame coach one day. Just to be able to sit in a room with a Hall of Fame coach and really just see how he operates and the way his coaching style is. I took a lot from it. I learned a lot. Just being a part of how successful he has been in his coaching career and just sitting back and really taking, like a sponge, taking everything in and really learning more about football. It was a pretty awesome experience.
At this point, Revis would love the opportunity to retire with the Jets:
That would be awesome if that did happen. That would be pretty awesome, the history we’ve had over the years going back to 2007. It was a dream come true to me, them trading up (11) spots to get me in the 2007 draft and really believing in what I can bring to the table and my ability and how I play the game. So, I have the upmost respect for the organization for taking a chance on me in the 2007 draft. They jumped up (11) spots, so that’s real gutsy to do.
Darrelle Revis is certainly saying all of the right things, there is no denying that. He does seem ready to do battle again as a member of the Jets. I just don’t buy all of the talk about coming home. His statement about making a vow to Tannenbaum makes no sense. For one, Tannenbaum isn’t here. Two, if bringing a championship to New York was so important, Revis would have taken a pay cut two years ago and stayed.
He makes a very telling statement when he said, that everyone needs to be “paid according to how they perform on the field”. He is right. Darrelle Revis has every right to get the most money for his performance. But don’t tell me it’s about a vow to deliver a championship.
On a more positive note, I am happier that he is here, knowing that Cromartie is here too. These two guys know how to play together, which is important in secondary play.