NFL Preseason 2010: Five Reasons the New York Jets Need Darrelle Revis
It is hard to say whether the Jets need Revis, or whether Revis needs the Jets.
Both are playing hard to get. To Revis, he is the best corner in the NFL and needs to be paid like it. To the Jets, Revis needs to fulfill his contractual obligations.
Here are five reasons why the Jets need to sign Darelle Revis.
Darrelle Revis is the type of playmaker that effects the entire field. With the Jets blitzing schemes in the 3-4 set, it is crucial to have a cover guy like Revis who can completely shut down his man.
One of the reasons the Jets can blitz on 57% of opponents passing plays is the fact that they can count on Revis to cover.
With the acquisition of Antonio Cromartie, the Jets can do this even better. The pair of Cromartie and Revis will allow the Jets to pin their ears back on any down.
Without Revis, there will be less sacks due to tight coverage. With Revis, turnovers increase, opponents yards decrease, and sacks increase.
With Revis playing his part, the Jets benefit as a whole.
Locker Room Presence
Revis is not a very outspoken player. He has a factor of respect that he plays with, which goes hand-in-hand with his great ability as a player.
With that mentality, the Jets locker room needs to see a familiar face in Revis strapping the pads on with them.
Revis' attitude about his contract is a precaution for his future, but it also shows his teammates that he is putting himself before them.
It also shows how high he holds himself, as he rejected a 10 year, $120 million contract.
C'mon man, get back on the field.
Rex Ryan's Dignity
Rex Ryan puts on the front that any player on his defense can fill in. However, Revis might be the only player on that defense that cannot be replaced.
Ryan's attitude towards the situation has been great, focusing attention on the players that are in camp.
In several press conferences, though, you could see on his face that he wished Darrelle Revis was in camp.
Ryan has been quoted saying "If he comes through the door, that's fine. Somebody will kiss him on the lips, probably. It doesn't matter...The guys that are here, we're getting ready."
Again, Rex has had a great attitude, but that first line shows how important he is to the team, even though Rex doesn't like to admit it. It is okay to have feelings big fella.
This one goes out to ESPN, who is enamored with the Revis contract dispute. Every Sportscenter episode features the money-hungry cornerback.
While Rex Ryan and the Jets seem to love media attention, especially with the filming of Hard Knocks on HBO, every extra minute of media attention will make it that much worse if the Jets don't win the Super Bowl this year.
Rex Ryan is the media's best friend, but sooner or later the attention will get to a player or multiple players. When that happens, it might not be pretty.
Revis needs to settle this dispute and get himself away from constant media exposure so he can practice in a natural environment away from millions of people.
There is a saying that goes "Good people perform good deeds when nobody is looking." The same can be applied to playing football. Players that can practice away from the media, and perfect their skills off the camera speaks louder than a player who is in the news for all of the wrong reasons.
With all of the camera's everywhere, there is always an eye on the Jets, and Revis. Darrelle needs to go to Revis island and get away from it before it consumes him.
This holdout has fans on the edge of their seat, worried if their defensive superstar will ever see the field this season.
Like all fans, Jets fans thoroughly enjoy being able to call one of their own the best at his respected position.
In light of that, "The Best" doesn't have the same ring to it when the player isn't on the field.
The fans need Revis as much as the Jets do. It is like a giant triangle between the three, and without one, the other two suffer.
As a sports fan in general, Darrelle Revis, please get back on the field. You are too gifted to be a couch potato.