NFL coach on Darrelle Revis: He’s not the same player
A bad season could get even worse for Darrelle Revis on Sunday if the New York Jets allow him to line up in one-on-one coverage against Odell Beckham Jr. Revis, who missed last week’s game with a concussion, has not played well this season.
In a piece highlighting the astonishing amount of times Revis has been burned this year, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News spoke to a number of NFL scouts, coaches and executives who have all come to the same conclusion about the All-Pro cornerback — he has lost a major step.
“He’s not the same player,” one coach told Mehta.
“He was never an overly athletic or fast guy,” a scout said of Revis. “At some point, you had to know it was going to catch up with him.”
“Age doesn’t discriminate,” another coach said.
Revis was torched by DeAndre Hopkins in Week 11, and both Hopkins and the Houston Texans trolled him after the game. As Mehta notes, there were also several plays in the weeks before where No. 1 receivers like Amari Cooper and Sammy Watkins could have burned Revis for scores of around 80 yards if not for horrible passes. In fact, Hopkins would have had a much bigger day against Revis if Texans QB T.J. Yates didn’t overthrow him when Hopkins had Revis beat badly for what would have been a 69-yard score.
Perhaps he is in a slump or dealing with nagging injuries, but Revis simply looks like he cannot keep up. At the very least, he certainly looks like he is worth nowhere near the $39 million guaranteed the Jets shelled out to bring him back.
Bill Belichick may have done it again.