For years in New York, opposing receivers were terrified of being marooned on "Revis Island," relegated to obscurity on Sunday by Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Revis was miscast as a zone corner for much of his one year in Tampa Bay, but it appears that "Revis Island" will not be making a return in his new home in New England.
The Revisphere will. (That's better than "Revis Hemisphere," because I say so.)
As Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports, rather than shadowing the opponent's No. 1 receiver (as he did with the Jets), Revis has been lining up predominantly on the left side, a la Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks.
Former NFL quarterback (and current Seattle radio host) Brock Huard thinks it's a role Revis can thrive in, per Volin:
It’s been pretty good for Richard. You’re still taking away half of the field, and making the righthanded quarterback throw to his backside. We’ve all seen it be very, very dominant, especially if you’ve got a good supporting cast. And a lot of time, cover-3 ends up — once that receiver runs anything intermediate or deep, it turns into man coverage, anyway, and you’ve still got to have tremendous ball skills.
The move makes sense for the Patriots, as presumptive second starter Brandon Browner was used almost exclusively as a right cornerback during his time with Sherman and the Seahawks.