Darrelle Revis has been the best defensive player in the NFL for the last several seasons. His uncanny ability to shut down every team's top receiver by himself allowed the Jets defense to run outlandish blitz packages that forced opponents to rely on lesser offensive weapons throughout games.
The Jets have been a perennial top-tier defense over the last several years. However, with Darrelle Revis out for the season with a torn ACL, Rex Ryan and Co. must now redefine their defensive philosophy.
The absence of Revis is going to plague the Jets' secondary for the duration of this season. It's impossible to replace a guy with his talent level and freakish athleticism. However, there is enough talent on this defense for the team to experience a measure of success in 2012.
The Jets are at a crossroads heading into Week 5 against the Houston Texans. Gang Green is currently sitting at 2-2, and has showed flashes of brilliance, along with mind-numbingly poor performances throughout 2012. Let's take a look at four ways Revis's absence will affect the Jets, and how the team must adjust to the situation.