New York Jets star Darrelle Revis has long been regarded as one of the league’s best cornerbacks.
But a slow start to the season, which has seen him surrender a pair of deep passes, including a 84-yard bomb to Buffalo speedster Marquise Goodwin last week, has led to talk about whether the seven-time Pro Bowler Revis has fallen off a bit.
Jets coach Todd Bowles acknowledged that Revis could have defended at least one of the plays better.
“Anytime you get run past, it’s physical,” Bowles said. “One was of them was busted coverage, and the other, the guy was just fast. He ran by him, made a great play and (Revis) had his eyes in the backfield too long.”
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said any negative talk was “overblown.”
“Watching him on film, he’s a good player,” Smith said. “He has good eyes, good feet, sees things well and he’s smart. I know there’s been two deep balls caught on him — one I’m not sure if you can totally put on him. That’s not what the media sees, so some of it’s a little overblown.”
Chiefs coach Andy Reid agreed.
“Listen, I know they’re saying he got beat,” Reid said. “Maybe he gets beat one time, but the ones that people are saying, he didn’t have help on. There weren’t people in the middle of the field. That’s not his responsibility. I think that gets blown out of perspective. He looks pretty good to me to answer your question. He looks pretty stinking good.”
When asked whether he sees a difference in Revis and if he needed help in previous year, Reid elaborated on the nature of the play.
“If you’re in a zone look and there is no safety in the middle of the field, you’re expecting one thing and getting another, so that’s not his responsibility,” Reid said. “That was just a blown play. He’s getting older, but he’s wiser. I have a ton of respect for the guy. He transitions so easy. His hips and his ability to look back and run fast are unbelievable.”
Chiefs co-offensive coordinator Brad Childress brought up an interesting point: Revis, 31, was playing on Thursday night, just a few days after the Jets opener, and that could have also had an impact on how he looked, physically.
“I hear it said Revis has lost a step, but I think you have to take into account that he played on Thursday night, and he is a veteran,” Childress said. “But with 10 days rest (now), and (it being) the third week of the season, I expect to see the same old Darrelle Revis.”