New York Jets and Revis Island: Effects of Darrelle Revis' Injury On The Jets

Cole TesslerCorrespondent IOctober 25, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets stretches on the field against the Minnesota Vikings at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 11, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets won 29-20. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Jets have are tied for the best record at 5-1, with no help from their best player last year, Darrelle Revis.

Last year, Revis shut down Chad Johnson x2, Andre Johnson, Randy Moss x2, Reggie Wayne. Roddy White, Terrell Owens x2 and Marques Colston. This year though, he's being burnt by Jabar Gaffney and Percy Harvin in large part to his hamstring injury.

Revis missed two and a half games due to his hamstring, and it has been bothering him in the past two games.

But the impact of Revis' injury shows in the Jets numbers this year compared to last year's.

Last year, the Jets were ranked first in the league in passing yards allowed, this year they are ranked 22nd. The Jets had the best ranked defense last year, this year with Revis' slump they are 14th.

The impact Revis has is that he shuts down his side of the field. With his side shut down, Rex Ryan doesn't have to worry about dropping linebackers and safeties into coverage and he can blitz them on all downs. This stops the run and also pressures quarterbacks into making decisions earlier then they would want.

Without Revis' Island effect, the Jets have to drop more guys into coverage instead of blitzing them like Rex could do last year. Which is also why the Jets are 16th in the league in sacks.

If Jets can get Revis back to 2009 form, they can definitely make a big run at making the Super Bowl.

With Mark Sanchez in development last year, the Jets had to rely on their defense last year to win most games. But with Sanchez developing and turning the ball over less, the Jets don't need to rely on the defense anymore.

Also Antonio Cromartie and a 2009 Revis on the same field together, that thought would be scary to quarterbacks. Cromarite has been great stopping teams best wide receivers holding, shutting down receivers like Moss and Brandon Lloyd. Imagine Revis shutting down No. 1 receivers and Cromartie shutting down the other side.

But these are all ifs for now, Revis still needs to improve. We will find out though this week after recovering from his hamstring with a bye week.