Mike Maccagnan became the latest member of the Jets to defend an underachieving old man who has stolen money for the better part of this lost season.
Darrelle Revis has been an unmitigated disaster. His “homecoming” (he was born and raised in Aliquippa, Pa., by the way) has been an abject failure. He has been disengaged and disinterested on Sundays. His production has been laughably inept. His effort has been equally comical.
If you squint, you can probably spot the fork in him as he “runs” around out there for four quarters.
“We’re happy with how Darrelle is performing and what he’s doing,” Maccagnan said with a straight face on Wednesday. “I’m not going to sit here and pick certain plays out.”
Maccagnan, who has spent his professional life in the player evaluation business, is fully aware that the Jets bought a lemon, but he’s been placed in the unenviable position to defend this player to protect Woody Johnson.
Make no mistake: The Jets owner was the driving force behind this ill-fated reunion, a mea culpa for allowing a glorified accountant to convince him to part ways with Revis years ago. Johnson yearned for the halcyon days when No. 24 was a shut-down force. He yearned to recapture past glory.
What was Maccagnan going to say to Johnson, who gave him his dream job after decades of toiling in obscurity? He had no choice in the matter.
They were all duped by Team Revis.
“He’s done some good things recently,” Maccagnan said. “I think he’s still a good player. I’m happy with his effort.”
By every objective measure, there should be nothing to be happy about after the organization gave this player a fully guaranteed $39 million as part of a five-year, $70.1 million pact.
Revis’ effort has hovered somewhere between awful and horrific. Although his inexcusable Statue of Liberty impersonations on David Johnson’s long touchdown run in Week 6 and a catch-and-run near the goal line in Cleveland a few weeks later have been mocked across the electronic superhighway, there are plenty of other examples of Revis’ half-hearted attempts to play tackle football this season.
“I’m sure there’s plays he’d like to have back,” Maccagnan said. “For the most part… you have to watch a lot of other players where he does give effort and does cover players.”
Maccagnan is simply too smart of a football man to actually believe that Revis has earned his $17 million pay check. When the 31-year-old fossil wasn’t getting beat by great receivers (A.J. Green), he was getting beat by marginal ones (Terrelle Pryor) and awful ones (Marquise Goodwin). He was picked on by Josh McCown and Case Keenum for Pete’s sake.
“Obviously there are some things he’s done well,” Maccagnan said. “I think there’s some things that he probably hasn’t done as well…. There are glitches in his play, but he has played well at times this year.”
The man has a grand total of two passes defensed in eight games. No interceptions. No game-changing plays. No nothing.
Meanwhile, Johnson’s checks clear every week.
It’s become so pathetic that Revis is now whining that his surgically repaired wrist is the reason why he’s giving wideouts his customary 10-yard cushion off the line of scrimmage. It couldn’t be that he didn’t take care of his body in the offseason to try to slow down Father Time, right?
He also believes that his past production should make him immune from criticism now. In his warped reality, those who point out his substandard play and effort are disrespecting him. It must be wonderful to be so delusional.
Brandon Marshall, a year older than Revis, has tried to slow down the aging process by treating his body like a temple. Revis, meanwhile, showed up bloated for training camp. I guess his bum wrist prevented him from hopping on a treadmill.
“Darrelle obviously has set a very high standard in how he has played in his past,” Maccagnan said. “We still think he’s a good football player. We still think he’s done good things for us this year.”
I empathize with Maccagnan for churning out words that he doesn’t actually believe. Good company man.
The GM dodged whether or not Revis will be back next year. The Jets will be on the hook for at most $6 million if/when they cut Revis before his 2017 roster bonus kicks in on the second day of the league year. (I have as much chance of collecting that bonus than Revis does… and I haven’t played NFL cornerback a day in my life).
“We still have six games left,” Maccagnan said. “We’ll see how the season progresses and we’ll kind of evaluate it at the end of the season.”
Maccagnan won’t admit that he made a mistake by bringing back Revis, because it was never truly his decision in the first place.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News