It’s been clear since AJ Green fire Darrelle Revis Week 1 at MetLife Stadium, this “Island of Revis” seems to be coming to an end. Even before the start of the season, questions arose as to whether the seven-time Pro-Bowler would eventually come to safety. Revis said in an interview with the Boomer and Carton Show at the beginning of last August that he can “play the position of cornerback at a high level”. It certainly doesn’t look pretty so far.
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Last year, Revis played with a bumped wrist, which resulted in his ability to play to decline. Understandable, but the key phrase in this sentence is “Last year”.
Before I go any further, I would like to show the # 1 receiver stats for Jets opponents against Revis so far:
12 catches, 180 yards, 1 TD. 2 sets of 20+ yards. 1 set of more than 50 meters
2 catches, 112 yards, 1 TD. 1 set of more than 20 meters. 1 set of more than 40 meters.
4 catches, 35 yards.
4 catches, 54 yards. 1 set of more than 20 meters.
9 catches, 78 yards. 1 DT.
6 catches, 49 yards.
3 catches, 55 yards. 2 sets of 20+ yards.
6 catches, 101 yards. 2 sets of 20+ yards.
Time plays its part. Revis literally admitted a few days ago that his body was breaking down.
In an interview with Newsday by Kimberley A. Martin, Revis said “Yes I am. I mean, not in a bad way. I can still play… It’s just that I’m falling apart. I’m 31 years old. How many corners are there 31 in the league at the moment? The league is getting younger. I know [Vikings cornerback Terence] Newman is still playing [at 38], which is impressive. But I don’t know how he does it.
It hurts to watch the once dominant corner play sub par football, at least for the standards we’ve set for Revis. The days when you could have the fandom mindset of “we don’t have to worry about him (the opponent’s best WR) today; this is the island of Revis baby! are finished. It got even more “I wonder who’s having a drink on Revis Island this afternoon …”
The 2016 Darrelle Revis looks drab and sloppy. There have been far too many instances of effortless play, with head scratching blanket. Put those two variables in this aging equation, and you have 2016 Revis Island.
Playing 10 meters deep in scenarios 1, 2 and 3 and short leaves me at a loss. It has happened several times on Sunday on Terrelle Pryor, and it has happened an abundance of times this season. Although he stopped the quarterback turned receiver in the second half, it was the unwanted consistency of Revis’ play that bothered me.
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They say what you give is what you get, and with effort from Revis and the rest of high school, the Jets are claiming a 3-5 record midway through the season. I don’t know what hurts the most, the inability to dominate bad teams or watch receivers week after week pick up their room keys for a trip to Revis Island. What was once a quarterback’s nightmare is now a weekly offense break.