Ex-Jet Damien Woody blasted Darrelle Revis in a Periscope video Friday morning over comments the Gang Green cornerback made in a published report Thursday.
Revis called himself one of the best players in franchise history and questioned if the Jets would treat him with the class and respect he thinks he deserves.
“What the hell is that, man?” Woody, who played with Revis from 2008-2010, said. “He said about the New York Jets treating him or his situation with class. And I’m just thinking to myself, ‘Treating him with class? What do you mean?’ Football is a cold business. Football is one of the few businesses I know of where it’s just purely results-driven. Doesn’t matter who you are. You can be a legend, an all-time great. … Regardless of how great they were, they all met their fate at the end — retirement, cut, it doesn’t matter. Because guess what? The National Football League was here before you, and the National Football League will be here after you’re gone.
“Everyone knows, watching the season, Darrelle hasn’t had a good season by any standard. Any standard. … You could question effort. There were times where he turned down tackles. All the off-coverage. Receivers are not even scared. I remember a few years ago receivers were fearful of him. (Now) they go in like, ‘Revis Island? Man, I’m about to kick up my feet and have a daiquiri.’
Ex-Jet Damien Woody isn’t shy about calling out Darrelle Revis.
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“See, when you lose leverage, when you’re not playing up to par, you don’t get to call the shots anymore. … No one can question he’s going to be in the Ring of Honor with the Jets. He’s going to be in the Hall of Fame. But your skills have eroded to the point where you’re expendable. And I think sometimes that’s just hard for any athlete to really understand, especially an athlete of the caliber of Darrelle Revis. But to sit there and say (that) somehow the Jets are being disrespectful, I think is ludicrous.”
Revis signed a five-year, $70 million contract with Gang Green before the 2015 season, but it’s possible the Jets will release him after this year. Revis is only guaranteed $6 million of his $13 million base salary next season, and the Jets would save $9 million in cap space by cutting him.
Opposing quarterbacks have compiled a 109.8 passer rating when targeting Revis this season, according to Pro Football Focus. Revis has contemplated a shift to safety, but Woody doesn’t think that’s a viable option given Revis’ tackling effort this year.
“When you’ve gone through a couple holdouts, you’ve got to expect people are going to be tough. You’re going to face the criticism that you’ve faced this season,” Woody said. “And I’m not holding the holdouts against him. I’m a former player, and I want everybody to get paid, But with that comes the criticism if you don’t pay up to par. Because when they signed you to that huge deal, there was a certain expectation that comes with that. And if you don’t hold it up, people are going to be on your head about it.”
Before embarking on his rant, Woody made sure to point out what he thinks of Revis’ career.
“Especially in his prime, best player that I’ve ever seen,” Woody said. “The work ethic, the talent, the football IQ, when you combined all those things, he was the single best player that I’ve played with, that I’ve seen in football.”
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