Revis Situation a Reflection of the State of the Jets Franchise

J.P. ScottSenior Analyst IJune 22, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 04:  Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets walks to the field before the start of the Jets game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 4, 2011 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Darrelle Revis wants more money. What else is new?

Once again, the New York Jets enter a football season with the look of some kind of misfit circus as opposed to an NFL team.

In a league where the name of the game is "copycat", the Jets seemed to have misplaced the guide. The No.1 goal of every NFL team, regardless of how you finished the previous season, is to aim for a division title. You only have to finish better than three other teams, and when you do this, you get a clean slate and a trip to the NFL playoffs.

Despite playing in the same division as the Patriots, they seem to be one of the few franchises in the league not trying to copy everything New England is doing.

In fact, they seem to be going out of their way to do the complete opposite.

Instead of collecting a locker room full of guys who want to win a Super Bowl, the Jets have started making a habit of collecting and retaining players who only look out for themselves.  

It starts at the top.

In Round 1 of April's NFL Draft, the Jets, desperately in need of men of character, made the decision to draft a guy in Quinton Coples who had well-known work-ethic issues.  Makes perfect sense to me.

Then you have the quarterback situation. Just when it seems like Mark Sanchez is starting to feel the effects and pressure of playing under the lights of the Big Apple, they sign the most polarizing side-show on the planet: Tim Tebow.  

Surely that'll get Sanchez focused.

And then we get back to Revis. You could argue that he, not Sanchez, should be the face of the franchise. Rather than embrace that role and unite his team for a Super Bowl quest, he's now holding out for more money, even though he got a new deal a few years ago.

I get that he is probably the best one-on-one cover corners in the NFL, but think about that for just one second.  


So he takes out the opposing team's top receiver.  Great.  Guess what, Darelle? Now you got three other receivers out there being covered by guys who make just over the league minimum because you wanted a bigger payday.

Again, it all makes sense. right?

Somewhere, Bill Belichick is smiling, hoping not that Revis holds out, but that the Jets sign him to a new deal. And they probably will. History shows they don't know any better.

So bring on another year of that Jets "swagger." 

I suppose the NFL just wouldn't be the same without it.