Cornerback Darrelle Revis of the New York Jets recently said he wouldn’t mind making the transition from cornerback to safety. Head coach Todd Bowles shut down the rumors that it would happen anytime soon.
Make no mistake about it, cornerback Darrelle Revis is still considered one of the best at his position playing today. Even though he had some performances he’d like to forget in 2015, things are still unpleasant for those visiting “Revis Island”.
Last season with the New York Jets, Revis totaled 30 tackles, five interceptions, nine passes defended and four fumble recoveries. Needless to say, Revis was a huge part on defense as he backed up everything on the field. He also served as a leader to everyone around him. By all accounts, Revis still has what it takes to continue being a shut-down cornerback. Even though he’s open for a possible positional change, head coach Todd Bowles had this to say about it on The Rich Eisen Show:
Once your head coach speaks so confidently about this topic, it’s safe to say that it won’t be happening anytime soon until he deems it so. For all analysts that speculated Revis should change to safety since he looked like he lost a step last season, it’s not enough to warrant a position change.
By all accounts, Revis will continue playing cornerback and developing those around him to follow in his legendary footsteps. One can see why such a move would make sense to elongate his playing career. Until he looks like he can’t be an effective cornerback, it’s best to wait until then to make such a big move.
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In the interview shown earlier, it was great to see Bowles discuss how important it is for cohesion as a team.
With a tough slate of opponents awaiting the Jets this upcoming season, it will be a true test to see what kind of character this team has.
Leaders like Revis are the glue that keeps everything and everyone together, whether they win or lose.
It’s important for Revis to continue being who he is and putting the Jets in a position to win plenty of games thanks to their stout defense.
It just wouldn’t make sense for Revis to play safety at any point in 2016 since he still does so well at cornerback. Even though Bowles is still a relatively new head coach, his style of leadership has come across very well across the organization.
Overall, Bowles is truly the perfect coach for the Jets as he knows what is best for his football team. There is no reason to switch positions for Revis now since it would be a huge setback on defense. It’s great to see Bowles squash these rumors once and for all now so it does not become a distraction later.