In the Jets vs Chiefs Week 3 matchup, star cornerback Darrelle Revis will be tested early and often.
The New York Jets pride themselves on tough defense. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case for their pass defense early on this season. As the Jets vs Chiefs matchup will present yet another test, it will come down to the play of a certain Pro Bowl cornerback.
Darrelle Revis has been the human punching bag for the Jets’ struggles on defense. Analysts are on their high horse saying that Revis is over the hill. Not so fast, we’re only two weeks into the season. There’s no question, this isn’t 2009 Revis, but even 75% Revis is better than most.
No one knows how good Revis is better than his former coach Rex Ryan. He gave a pretty straightforward answer when asked about Revis. Here is what he said, courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Bills:
“I keep getting that thing,” Ryan said of the Revis slipping question. “And I’m like, ‘Well, OK, if he has, we know he’s coming from the mountaintop.’ So I don’t know how far down he has slipped. In my opinion, I think he’s a hell of a football player still. If he’s coming down, he’s coming down from the very, very top.”
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All this talk about moving him to safety should stay where it is, at the water-cooler. It’s ridiculous, Revis is still a top-five corner in the NFL.
Admittedly he’s had his struggles giving up chunk plays. Although the slip-ups should be more so attributed to a few breakdowns on defense than a corner past his prime.
Head coach Todd Bowles was candid in his thoughts on the deep ball. It’s something they’ve been honing in on during practice.
Here is what Bowles said, courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets:
“The deep ball is something we’re harping on in practice every day and we’ve got to stop after two weeks, and we’re going to see it until we fix it.”
While it’s ultimately up to Revis to quell all the discussion, he can start that today against the Kansas City Chiefs. While many expect Revis to line up opposite Jeremy Maclin, that might not be the case.
In the first two weeks, the commonality in these chunk plays is that they’re coming by way of a speedster.
Most recently, wide receiver Marquise Goodwin of the Bills who is a former Olympic track star.
Hill showcased his acceleration on a 105-yard return last week. Something Revis had trouble with on Thursday night.
Sep 18, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) runs with the ball during the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
He surprised the Houston Texans with his speed last week, don’t expect that to be the case for the Jets. Bowles sure knows how impressive Hill is, once again, courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets
On how impressive Chiefs returner Tyreek Hill is…
Oh, he’s fast. He is extremely fast. He can hurt you if you miss a tackle.
Bowles knows that the Chiefs are going to kick the tires on Revis during the game. “It’s a copycat league,” coach Todd Bowles said, courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets. “Until you put out the fire, you’re going to keep seeing it.”
Today, we’ll see if the Jets’ defense have fixed their issues. If the Jets stop giving up big plays, they could have the best defense in the NFL.