The more the New York Jets try to change, the more things stay the same.
This team has been working to shed its image as a roster full of arrogant locker room cancers that do not have a leader and only look out for themselves.
Kris Jenkins, a former Jet that was with the team during its two most recent AFC Championship runs, definitely agrees with that opinion.
According to Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger, the retired nose tackle said the young star cornerback has to assume a major leadership role in the locker room. At the ESPN The Magazine Pre-Draft Party in Manhattan, Jenkins said:
I respect Revis, I respect the way that he plays the game. I think he does have the heart of a defensive lineman in a cornerback's body. I know Revis always got to do what's best for him, what's best for his business, his brand, but in my opinion I think at the end of the day, he has to realize that he has to be a leader, he's that guy now.
Jenkins brought up Revis’ extended holdout that was a huge distraction during the 2010 offseason, which finally rewarded him with a four-year (technically seven, but practically four), $46 million contract with $32 million guaranteed. Jenkins said:
Him taking that time out, especially with what happened last year with the locker situation with Santonio and the other receivers and all that, they need consistency right now. I think he has enough money. I think it's time for him to get out there and make it more than about just getting a dollar.
Will Revis Hold Out?
As an expected captain of the team, Revis cannot afford to set a terrible example by holding out again—a mere two years after getting a huge payday. It will be seen as selfish by a group of players attempting to come together for another postseason run.
The Jets could be a great team in 2012-13, but they need someone to lead them both on the field and off. The All-Pro corner must step away from Revis Island and start thinking about his teammates as much as he does himself.