As the New York Jets prepare for their Week 3 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs, cornerback Darrelle Revis will be just fine as the season progresses.
No fan should ever expect their favorite defensive player to play great forever. Many have long and successful careers, only a few can claim they’re on their way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame once they hang up their cleats. Cornerback Darrelle Revis of the New York Jets can easily claim the latter.
When it comes down to it, Revis has had a prolific career worthy of a yellow jacket in Canton, Ohio. Unfortunately for this season so far, he’s been criticized for losing a step and not being elite anymore, just two weeks into it. Make no mistake about it, Revis Island is fine as it’s just a minor obstacle to overcome in the grand scheme of things.
When it comes to professionals like Revis, it’s very similar to anyone else in the working industry. We all have bad days and in this case, bad weeks. Once you take a step back, evaluate everything and make the necessary changes, you’ll be back to being great in no time. Revis got embarrassed the first two weeks of the season as wide receivers have been able to beat him on one-on-one matchups and well, exploit him early on in 2016.
This doesn’t mean his career is over or that he’s going to continue declining. In the grand scheme of things, he will adjust and his coaches will know exactly how to get him back on the right track. It’ll take time but Revis will undoubtedly be fine as the season progresses.
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Revis knows he’s been burned recently and once he gets his first good game of the season under his belt, will be back to being the shutdown cornerback we all remember him to be.
Even head coach Todd Bowles knows that it’ll take time for him to get back into the kind of player he’s capable of being.
Revis will easily put in the extra work, time, and be patient for everything to come together and him to prove he’s still one of the best at his position playing today.
Courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets here is what Bowles said this week on how he’s handling everything with Revis and the woes in his defensive secondary:
On how he coaches great players like Darrelle Revis when they go through rough patches…
You coach them all of the same. Whether it’s a great player or a rookie, you coach them the same. You correct the mistakes and you try to move past it. We talk on the side all of the time, regardless. On the side or in public, you correct them the same.
On his perspective on Revis’ performance…
Well, I think the secondary as a whole, we’ve got to communicate more and we have to get better. The Buffalo play, (Marquise Goodwin) made a good play. He got open and ran by. That’s a touchdown play we’ve got to correct. In the Cincinnati game, we correct the busted coverages and we move on, but I don’t (attribute) it to anything. You just coach’em up and we try to get better.
Overall, don’t believe what the naysayers are claiming based on a few bad games for Revis as a sign that his career is done. There is still plenty of football left to be played this season and he’ll be back to his usual self in no time.