The season Darrelle Revis has put together has been just as bad, maybe even worse, than the slop the Jets have put on the field for the first 10 weeks.
So, what’s happened to Revis, one of the best corners of all time, who had another unimpressive performance Sunday in the Jets 9-6 loss to the Rams?
Why is he not playing at the Revis Island level?
“Because I’m old,” Revis told the Daily News.
He said it quietly and matter-of-factly and with a little laugh in front of his locker.
That was a startling and disturbing admission and can’t make Woody Johnson feel good about the $39 million investment he made last year to bring him back. Revis is not offering any refunds or rebates.
He’s only 31, which really is not that old – unless he thinks it is, which he does. There is no shame in a player showing his age, but the Jets did not expect it so soon. Whether it’s A.J. Green, one of the best in the game, or Kenny Britt, who is not, Revis Island has been hit by relentless tropical storms all season.
“You have bumps in the road,” he said. “Are you going to see a one catch for one yard game? Probably not. I was 23, 24 years old then,” he said, referring to holding Reggie Wayne of the Colts to one catch for one yard in the Jets 2010 wild-card victory. “That’s just not where it’s at. Can I execute better and do things better? That’s going to come. That’s definitely going to come down the road.”
Revis is playing much older than 31. That’s one problem. Here’s another: He admitted it will be hard for the Jets, who are now 3-7, to be motivated over the last seven weeks.
When I asked him how he felt about being criticized as a bad signing, he not only said he hadn’t heard such talk, but tried to justify his money by talking about how he’s earned it with his play over the years, even if Johnson is writing the checks for what he can do now.
“I think people look at the price tag and not the whole body of work on what I’ve done in this game,” Revis said. “It will be forever remembered. I’m not being cocky about it. The numbers are there. They show. I shut down some of the best of the best playing man-to-man coverage.”
Revis signed a five-year $70 million deal with $16 million guaranteed last year, $17 million guaranteed this year and next year $6 million of his $13 million is guaranteed. He has a $2 million roster bonus due on the second day of the league year in March. There’s no way the Jets are going to pay him $13 million in 2017. I think they will either ask him to play for the $6 million that’s guaranteed or they will cut him.
“Different things after the season you talk about,” he said. “That’s how the business goes. What do you want me to do? Why is everybody so focused on the price tag? That is the problem. They’re not looking at the whole body of work. When Peyton Manning throws three picks, you don’t talk his price.”
In a way, he’s right. When Manning was finishing up last year with the worst regular season of his career, the talk was about how he had nothing left, not the $15 million he was making.
Revis has trouble stopping Kenny Britt in Sunady’s 9-6 loss to the Rams.
The difference is Revis has focused so much on his contract during his career – two holdouts with the Jets and an anticipated third that led to the trade to Tampa – that it’s a bit disingenuous for him now to wonder why everybody is talking about his money.
For so much of his career, that’s all he wanted to talk about. Now the Jets have to wonder if he is ever going to give him their money’s worth this time around.
“I’ve done that,” he insisted. “We both negotiated a deal and that’s what it is. They believe in me and they believe what I am capable of doing. This is no tennis, I’m not playing golf. This is a team sport. Everybody gets paid according to how they perform.”
Revis has been a liability when he was counted on to be the go-to guy who would hold the secondary together. Instead, he says his right wrist, which required surgery in the offseason to repair a torn ligament and takes a year to fully heal, has prevented him from jamming receivers at the line of scrimmage, the technique that always made him special.
“I have to adjust my game in a lot of ways,” he said. “I’m not going to get down on myself. I’m a very confident person. I’m going to keep on working like I usually do. It comes from where I grew up. We’re tough. We put the hard hat on and go back to work and find out what the problems is and try to solve it.”
He’s been able to get back to some jamming the last two weeks, but the days are gone when quarterbacks are afraid to throw to him. If Case Keenum didn’t hesitate looking Revis’ way, what’s Tom Brady going to do to him in two weeks?
Keenum went right after Revis and completed three third-down passes to Britt for first downs during the first two series of the game.
This has turned into another dreary, lost season for the Jets.
“As a team to stay motivated, yeah, it’s definitely hard just because of all the success we had last year being 10-6 and having a positive year in 2015,” he said. “This year is very tough on the team, where we’re at right now being 3-7. There is nobody else to blame but everybody on the team. We put ourselves in this position. We have to finish strong after the bye and see how it goes.”
The debate the next two weeks will be Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Bryce Petty. Only once in Revis’ 10 years in the league has he played with a franchise quarterback. That was two years ago with Tom Brady. He came to the Jets knowing he was downgrading at quarterback.
“I can’t really dwell on playing with the best quarterback to probably ever play the game,” he said. “If that was the case, then I would still be in New England. I would have worked out a deal and a contract to make me stay there.”
He was always supposed to grow old as a Jet.
Just not this soon.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News