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Cruz on Revis: Teams aren't scared of him anymore

Posted on: December 21, 2011 6:57 pm
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There's plenty of trash talk leading up to Saturday's game between the two NY-area teams. (US PRESSWIRE/Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Prior to the Jaguars-Jets Week 2 matchup, then-Jacksonville wide receiver Jason Hill insinuated that Darrelle Revis was overhyped. (Revis' response: "I don’t even know who that dude is." Hill was inactive for the game and the Jags released him on November 30.)

Presumably, Revis knows Victor Cruz. The Jets and the Giants meet Sunday and Cruz, ignoring the advice of his head coach, had some pointed thoughts on the man generally considered the NFL's best cornerback.

"Teams aren’t really scared (of him) anymore. He’s had to earn his money this year," Cruz said according to the CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Lisa Zimmerman. "Teams aren’t really backing down. I feel like we’re going to do the same thing. We’re going to go out. Until he physically stops us we’re going to throw the ball on him."

For good measure, Cruz's teammate Hakeem Nicks said Revis was "decent" before later calling him "great."

When apprised of Cruz's comments, Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said simply "It's just Jets-Giants week. If that's where they want to go with the football, they're welcome to."

Not to be outdone, Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes, coming off one of the worst games of his career, spoke frankly about the Giants' secondary and cornerback Corey Webster in particular.

"I can't wait to see him Saturday," Holmes said via the New York Post. "I hope he's ready to bring his 'A' game." When asked if he agreed with the assessment that Webster is having a good season, Holmes replied: "I could care less. … They depend on their front four to get in and get pressure on the quarterback. A smart-enough defender knows he has a few seconds in his play clock that the ball should be released and, if not, he's depending on his guys to take care of business. I think those guys just fall victim to that a lot of times."

Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell was asked about Holmes' observations but wasn't willing to partake in the gum-flapping, instead offering an “I don’t think so." (So we know at least one person heard Coughlin's "Talk is cheap" remarks.)

Thankfully, Antrel Rolle has refrained from laying down odds on this game.

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Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 9:40 pm
 

Cruz on Revis: Teams aren't scared of him anymore

didn't Victor Cruz blow a couple of games this year due to some bone head plays?. 



Since: Jun 21, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 9:04 pm
 

Cruz on Revis: Teams aren't scared of him anymore

I tihnk Cruz should just keep his mouth shut. Clearly teams are afraid of him, hence why opposing receivers rarely have good games when they are matched up with him.

Let Cruz face Revis this upcoming game. I guarantee Eli throws another 3 INTs and Cruz goes without a long catch.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 9:02 pm
 

Cruz on Revis: Teams aren't scared of him anymore

I did not care about this game at all until Cruz opened his trap. That guy has been a pain in my Fantasy Football league all year. Ok, admittedly he is the source of one of my losses and that Salsa Dance was just more hot sauce in my eye. The only condolence I have is that the SEAHAWKS whooped up on the Giants in NY! HaHAHA! I also have Sanchez and the Jets DST on my fantasy team, so I am highly biased. That said, I am playing for league champ this week, but am going with Tebow, and hoping on a resurgent GB DST after the embarrassing performance against KC. 



Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 8:46 pm
 

Cruz on Revis: Teams aren't scared of him anymore

I can't believe even the biggest anti NY person could knock Revis. The fact you recall one play where Revis got beat says it all. As for the hamstring, he hurt it, and played sparingly for several weeks. I agree the jets are impossible to like if your not a fan of there's but dont go to far and knock Revis, he's the best at his position by a lot. The jets get no pass rush and he still shuts down pro bowl wr's weekly.



Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 8:41 pm
 

Cruz on Revis: Teams aren't scared of him anymore

To any moron who thinks Revis is not by far the best cb in the game, you should read a game by game log of his play. He gave up 75 yes to steve Johnson and people freaked out. To the "if it wasn't in NY no one would care " guy, it is in NY and a lot of people care. Looks like even you cared enough to read and then post an article about the all NY game. Why? Because you care....



Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 8:40 pm
 

Cruz on Revis: Teams aren't scared of him anymore

Ant trust me no one cares about Dallas that monstrosity of a stadium thAt your pig headed owner refuses to open roof on a 70 degree day. Don't worry Jerry cowboys fans don't make any noise to keep lid closed and create loud dome effect. And oh btw I remember week 1 when room pissed in wind trying to throw ball to invisible man after 1st quarter dez Bryant on revis. I think Bryant is still stuck there maybe he will be released when Dallas comes up here next week against the giants Alcon st secondary,



Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 8:40 pm
 

Cruz on Revis: Teams aren't scared of him anymore

yea the guy makes great plays...but so does woodson and hall, and champ , just because revis is in NY he gets more love, ive seen WR blow past him many times...Like last year when moss ran past him and revis grabbed for his leg.



Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 8:36 pm
 

Cruz on Revis: Teams aren't scared of him anymore

Both teams have sucked this year, but the great thing about sports is you only need to play your best for a few weeks in January. If the jets get the 6 seed and play Houston or whoever wins the west I believe they will win that game just as they have won 4 road games in the past two playoffs. As a jets fan I have barely enjoyed one or two full games all year,but it is not a beauty contest and come that first playoff game all of the bad games and close calls won't matter. I do not believe the giants are as good as the jets, and believe the jets will win a close game Saturday. As for the worst six seed ever, if they finish at 10-6 it clearly would not be the worst six seed ever. I recall seattle under .500 making and winning a layoff game.



Since: May 5, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 8:33 pm
 

Cruz on Revis: Teams aren't scared of him anymore

If I hear another announcer say "he's on Revis Island" I will go nuts and turn the game off.  If it wasn't for fantasy football no one outside NY would care about this game anyway. 



Since: Jun 14, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 7:26 pm
 

Cruz on Revis: Teams aren't scared of him anymore

Not to go nuts with my chest out for the Giants, Box Crumbs, who really aren't that good.  But that statement is false, the Giants did beat the Pats who I'm pretty sure are over .500


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