Richard Sherman and Darrelle Revis went back and forth on Twitter last week after Revis called the San Francisco 49ers cornerback out during the NFC Championship Game, and Sherman has dumped more fuel on the fire heading into the Super Bowl.
“The guy [Revis] played at a high level and had a year — I think it was 2009 — where he had a special year. But that carries more weight than what he did the rest of his career. That’s where it’s like, ‘OK, cool.’ The numbers I’ve had speak for themselves, so I don’t need to keep arguing with people. The difference between he and I is that I’m a team player. That’s why I’ve been on top defenses almost every year of my career. It’s because that’s team defense.”
Sherman said he doesn’t focus on himself as an individual but instead dedicates his effort to helping the team. While that may be convenient for him to say in the context of his verbal war with Revis, we know Sherman has never shied away from putting the spotlight on himself.
One thing is for sure — the teams Sherman has been a part of throughout the course of his career have had more success than the ones Revis played for. Revis showed with his tweet during the NFC Championship Game that he is desperate for people to view his body of work as superior to Sherman’s, but Sherman is about to play in his third Super Bowl. Most players would prefer that over individual accolades.
Did you really think Richard Sherman was going to let Darrelle Revis talk negatively about him without so much as a response? Of course not.
Sherman went on Twitter not long after Revis called him out during the NFC Championship Game on Sunday for playing zone coverage. Sherman played the “scoreboard” card, telling Revis to enjoy things from his “couch” while Sherman’s San Francisco 49ers prepare for the Super bowl.
I would go in on this has been but I have a Super Bowl to prepare for. Enjoy the view from the couch. Your ninth year looked a lot different than this. Lmao https://t.co/jj3pwWYhVa
Revis popping on Twitter just to criticize Sherman is a bad look. If he were an analyst who is frequently commenting on games and talking about different players, that would be one thing. But tweeting just to call out Sherman is a targeted effort by a guy who is looking to reinsert his name in the conversation and flex on his former foe.
The beef between Darrelle Revis and Richard Sherman is not over.
During Sunday’s NFC Championship Game, Revis threw some shade at Sherman with an unsolicited tweet. Revis said it was “lame” that Sherman doesn’t shadow receivers and instead plays just one side of the field. Revis accused Sherman of “hiding” in a cover 3 zone scheme.
Fear of getting beat in man to man coverage. Every snap every play. The fact that he doesn’t travel as a cornerback is lame. Except the challenge as the best and shut Adams down the entire game. Do it for the game of football. Stop hiding a cover 3 zone. pic.twitter.com/OWuzFtj8ov
After some (including us) categorized Revis’ comments as “throwing shade,” the former All-Pro cornerback disputed that.
All y’all think I’m throwing shade. I’m not. Just stating the man is not a pound for pound man to man corner. If you know the game of football he plays in a Cover 3 Scheme. He does not travel but traveling with a receiver is not for every DB. It’s a few on the corner list who can
Revis seems to still have some lingering dislike of Sherman. Why else would he point out such criticism when he hadn’t provided any other Twitter comments on any of the previous playoff games this postseason?
For those of you who didn’t follow Revis’ Hall of Fame-caliber career, that’s a reference to his “Revis Island” nickname.
Revis is one of the best cover cornerbacks to ever play in the NFL, and he was known for completely erasing star receivers and taking them out of the game plan. In other words, the seven-time Pro Bowler put them on an island.
While there were times when his effort was questioned during his final season last year (and for very good reason), Revis should be remembered for making life difficult for some of the best receivers in the game.
Revis is one of the best cornerbacks to ever play, and he will likely be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. His best seasons were in his first stint with the New York Jets, though he was also a huge part of the reason the New England Patriots won a Super Bowl in 2014.
Last year, Revis did not sign with a team until he joined the Kansas City Chiefs in November. He appeared in just five games and was called out for the embarrassing effort he gave on some plays, so it’s no surprise he was unable to find work this year after previously expressing a desire to play in 2018.
Revis, 33, finishes his career with 29 interceptions. Those numbers don’t tell the story as much as his “Revis Island” nickname does.
One has to wonder if this is it for Revis. He wanted to return to the Chiefs in 2018, but that’s not happening, and given how hard a time he had finding a job last season, you have to wonder where the opportunities will come for him. He played in six total games for the Chiefs and wasn’t particularly remarkable during that stint. The days of Revis Island are long gone, and with him turning 33 in July, he may have hit the end of the line.
Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Darrelle Revis plans to come back for a 12th NFL season, and he’d like it to be with the same team.
Revis is signed for $10 million through 2018, and while he doesn’t know what will happen, he definitely wants an opportunity to keep playing.
“You never know with these things,” Revis said, via Adam Teicher of ESPN. “This is my fourth team. Rosters always change. Even if we went the distance and won the Super Bowl, that team changes as well. I understand the situation.
“I’m always optimistic about these things. I’m just being optimistic and if the opportunity presents itself, you take the opportunity.”
Revis thinks he performed as well as he could have been expected to last season considering he had no reps until signing with Kansas City in late November.
“The material I put on [videotape] from the little time I had, not going through training camp and being here for the installs, I was OK,” Revis said. “I wasn’t great or my best ever. No way. But at the same time, for what I came in here and was asked to do, for the most part I’m happy with it.
“My situation is a little different than most. We all understood that coming in. I was trying to get on the same page with what the team was doing and playing catch-up basically. … Always room for improvement. But when you look at some of the stats, no touchdowns allowed.”
Many would argue that Revis didn’t always put forth his best effort after joining Kansas City, but he may well be back with them anyway. What is very clear is that he doesn’t want to wait until November to sign again.
NFL wild-card weekend is complete, and we’re down to eight remaining teams in the postseason. Four teams are going home after suffering losses. That means plenty of goats will have an entire offseason to reflect on what went wrong for them at the worst possible time.
Here’s a list of 10 big disappointments from the first weekend of the NFL playoffs.
Andy Reid, Chiefs
The Chiefs’ second half collapse on Saturday will do nothing to dispel Reid’s reputation as a guy who can consistently get you to the playoffs, but doesn’t know how to win there. Up 18 points at halftime, the Chiefs sleepwalked through the second half, ultimately losing out to a Titans team that some viewed as the worst in the playoffs. Not everything that happened was Reid’s fault, but he ultimately bears responsibility — especially since this keeps happening on his watch.
Officiating in Chiefs-Titans game
A series of reports on Sunday indicated that referee Jeff Triplette, who headed the crew that worked the Chiefs/Titans game, was retiring. If he is, he certainly didn’t go out on a high note. His crew made several bizarre decisions during the game, most notably ruling Marcus Mariota down by forward progress, wiping out a fumble that could have changed the entire game. The explanation for that ruling was woefully insufficient. Playoff referees are supposed to get these assignments on merit, but it’s hard to see how Triplette and his crew got that assignment, especially after a performance like that.
Darrelle Revis gave a pathetic effort in a crucial situation late in the Titans-Chiefs playoffs game on Saturday that led to jeers and ridicule from many. One colleague even called for him to retire after seeing the play.
With the wild card playoff game on the line, Derrick Henry rushed for a first down to essentially seal a 22-21 win for the Titans. Revis was seen giving a pathetic effort to try and stop Henry from rushing for a first:
Look at No. 24 Darrelle Revis on Derrick Henry's game-clinching run. Gave up on the Chiefs most important play of the season. What an embarrassment. pic.twitter.com/k9B0oVeCfp
It’s hard to see Revis give such a poor effort on a play like that. It makes it seem like he doesn’t care much about winning. But if the Chiefs had seen what Revis did last season, this sort of thing wouldn’t have surprised them.
As it turns out, salt is not one of the primary exports of Revis Island.
Prior to facing them in Week 13, Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Darrelle Revis said that he has no ill will towards his former team, the New York Jets.
“We have a long history,” said the seven-time Pro Bowler, according to Adam Teicher of ESPN. “I had an awesome time there. We had our runs, our AFC championships back to back that we missed out on. Great guys, great teammates that I’ve been around there. Most of my legacy was with the Jets, so I don’t think it’s anything [personal]. I’m just on another team.
“This is my fourth ball club throughout my career, and now I’m focused on our team goals and what we’re trying to do as a team and accomplish,” Revis went on. “For me personally, I don’t think there’s any ill will or anything to take a stab at or get back at the Jets for any reason.”
The 32-year-old Revis was drafted by the Jets in 2007 and played with them until 2012, emerging as perhaps the NFL’s marquee shutdown corner. He then returned for a second stint in 2015, but it was characterized by injuries, ineffectiveness, and overall tensions before he was ultimately released by the team last March. He hadn’t played at all in 2017 before the Chiefs abruptly signed him in late November, but it doesn’t sound like revenge will be on Revis’ mind when he returns to MetLife Stadium on Sunday.