New York Jets All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis' 2016 season got off on the wrong foot after being burnt multiple times by Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green during an opening 23-22 loss on Sunday.
On Tuesday, he broke his silence about his difficulties covering the Bengals' elite receiver, per ESPN.com's Rich Cimini:
Most of the plays, I was right there. On the busted coverage (for a 54-yard TD), I'm supposed to get help. But at the same time, it is what it is. Like I said, I can take a punch. They're gonna catch balls. It's not like I never got a ball caught on me. In that instance, it's just small technique things. There's no game you come out of playing a perfect game. As easy as some people make it look it seem, it is what it is. You bounce back.
Green torched the Jets defense, recording 12 receptions for 180 yards and a touchdown on the day. He did most of his damage against Revis, recording 10 of the 12 catches for 152 yards, via the NFL:
Revis did record seven tackles, but he wasn't able to break up a single pass on the afternoon.
The seven-time Pro Bowler was coming off one of his best seasons in the league in which he recorded five interceptions, his most since a career-high six in 2009. But the season opener does give reason for the Jets and their fans to be somewhat concerned.
For a player who is in just his second year of a five-year, $70.1 million deal, per Spotrac, Revis has the responsibility of defending and shutting down the opposition's best player. An inability to do so, especially under such a large contract, could draw the ire of a large New York market.
But the man who burned him so often on Sunday was quick to point out that Revis is still one of the best, per ESPN.com's Katherine Terrell: "That guy has nothing else to prove. He's a first-ballot Hall of Famer for sure. I'm trying to get where he is."
This is also something that's happened before. Per Terrell, a pair of New England Patriots receivers recorded 180 receiving yards in a game against a Revis-led Jets secondary. Wes Welker put up 192 yards in 2009, while Randy Moss had 183 in 2007.
The 31-year-old came back just fine after those instances, and given his success-filled past in the NFL, it's a safe assumption that Revis Island should return this season.
Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.