Clearly, this is not the ’09 Darrelle Revis of the New York Jets that fans loved. “Revis Island” has been a wide receiver’s favorite destination this year; even the Browns took a trip.
It has been clear since A. J. Green torched Darrelle Revis Week 1 at MetLife Stadium, that “Revis Island” seems to be coming to a close. Even before the season started, questions arose as to whether the 7-time Pro-Bowler would eventually move to safety. Revis stated in an interview with the Boomer and Carton Show early this past August that he can “play the cornerback position at a high level.” It sure hasn’t looked pretty so far.
Last year, Revis did play with a banged-up wrist, thus resulting in a decline of playmaking ability. Understandable, but the key phrase in that sentence is “Last year.”
Before going any further, I would like to show the statistics of the Jets’ opponents’ No. 1 wide receivers against Revis thus far:
Week 1: A. J. Green
12 catches, 180 yards, 1 TD. 2 plays of 20+ yards. 1 play of 50+ yards
Week 2: Marquise Goodwin
2 catches, 112 yards, 1 TD. 1 play of 20+ yards. 1 play of 40+ yards.
Week 3: Jeremy Maclin
4 catches, 35 yards.
Week 4: Doug Baldwin
4 catches, 54 yards. 1 play of 20+ yards.
Week 5: Antonio Brown
9 catches, 78 yards. 1 TD.
Week 6: Larry Fitzgerald
6 catches, 49 yards.
Week 7: Kamar Aiken
3 catches, 55 yards. 2 plays of 20+ yards.
Week 8: Terrelle Pryor Sr.
6 catches, 101 yards. 2 plays of 20+ yards.
The gist of all this…
Time is playing its role. Revis literally admitted a couple days ago that his body is breaking down.
In an interview with Newsday by Kimberley A. Martin, Revis said “Yeah, I am. I mean, not in a bad way. I can still play…It’s just, I’m breaking down. I’m 31. How many corners are 31 right now in the league? The league’s getting younger. I know [Vikings cornerback Terence] Newman’s still playing [at 38], which is impressive. But I don’t know how he’s doing it.”
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It hurts to watch the once-dominant corner play sub-par football, at least for the standards we have set for Revis. The days of being able to have the fandom mindset of “we don’t have to worry about him (opponent’s top WR) today; it’s Revis Island baby!” are over. It’s turned more-so into “I wonder who’s enjoying a drink on Revis Island this afternoon…”
The Darrelle Revis of 2016 seems lackluster and careless. There have been way too many instances of effortless play, along with some head-scratching coverage. Put both of those variables into this aging equation, and you get 2016 Revis Island.
Playing 10 yards deep on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-and-short scenarios leave me clueless. It happened multiple times Sunday on Terrelle Pryor, and it’s happened an abundance of times this season. Although he shut down the quarterback-turned-receiver in the second half, it’s the unwanted consistency of Revis’ play that has me bothered.
They say what you give is what you get, and with the effort that Revis and the rest of the secondary, the Jets claim a 3-5 record midway through the season. I’m not sure what hurts more, the inability to dominate bad teams, or watching receivers week in and week out grab their room keys for a trip to Revis Island. What once was a quarterback’s nightmare, is now an offenses weekly vacation.