Tag:Darrelle Revis
Posted on: September 19, 2010 9:43 am

Revis to cover Welker some too?

Post by Will Brinson

When the New England Patriots and New York Jets meet Sunday, the biggest matchup to watch will be Darrelle Revis and Randy Moss. That's because they're they've been talking it up and they're a pair of elite players.

However, Revis might not be shadowing the unappreciated future Hall of Famer the entire time -- Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that Revis will also cover Wes Welker, in order to "take away what the Jets perceive to be the Patriots No. 1 offensive threat."

Two things; first, this is a smart move by the Jets. Moss is really, really good, but so is Welker, and if they can successfully use Revis to stop Welker and Tom Brady from moving the chains, it'll be a lot harder for New England to take shots to Moss.

That being said, the real gamble here is leaving either Kyle Wilson or Antonio Cromartie alone on Moss -- if Brady and Co. figure out the coverage and adjust so they're taking shots at Moss when he's not on Revis Island, you'd have to think they stand a better chance of scoring some long TDs.

(Unless, that is, Revis is still not quite in full season shape and dealing with a hamstring . Then this is just "very convenient.")

And of course the notion that "Welker is better than Moss" coming from the Jets' locker room shouldn't motivate Moss to get off said island at all either.

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Posted on: September 18, 2010 10:12 am

Joe Namath says 'Hard Knocks' was a mistake

Posted by Will Brinson

On Friday, Joe Namath hosted the first edition of "Broadway Blitz," his own show on Sirius NFL radio. We wrote about said show on Thursday , and said "there's almost a near guarantee that we'll be discussing his comments here at some point in the next few weeks."

In hindsight, we were wrong. CLEARLY, it wasn't going to take that long for Namath to say something on the air that gets everyone all rabble-rabbled up. In fact, on Friday, the former Jets quarterback dropped this little ditty, via Pro Football Talk , when Adam Schein asked him if "Hard Knocks" was a mistake:

"I think so," Namath said. "I think it is for any team that's going to work to do their best to get to be their best. It's what we call 'distractions.' You're going to spend more time away from thinking about your position, your job, and the details of it when you've got other things going on around you that you're partaking in. It has to be a distraction and you can't have spent as much time on your mental preparation and homework as you would have without the distractions. So, yeah, I don't think it was a positive."

He also went on to discuss Mark Sanchez ("the only flaw is his age and experience at this point" -- hrrrrrrrrrrrrm) and the Patriots, who he called a "stronger team," before declining to actually confirm that the Pats defense was better this year.

All-in-all, Namath's review of his boys was significantly less enthusiastic than a Jets fan would probably want -- then again, if there's been anyone praising the Jets this week following that Monday Night stink-bomb against the Ravens, we'd love to meet them.

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Posted on: September 17, 2010 3:59 pm

Mayo not buying Revis hamstring soreness

Posted by Andy Benoit

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo doesn’t believe what he hears about Darrelle Revis’ sore hamstring. It was mentioned to Mayo on the WEEI Dennis and Callahan Show that the Jets cornerback might be faking the hamstring injury.

“When I saw that story, I thought the same thing. Look, he’s healthy, he’s 100 percent healthy. I’m not buying into that,” Mayo said.
Asked if he would want the Jets to know if he was at less than full strength, Mayo said, “I wouldn’t want anybody to know. For him to come out looking like that, it’s just a decoy. So then everybody can be like, even if he goes out and has a great game, everybody will be like, ‘Oh, he’s the greatest, he has a tender hamstring, he’s coming out, running back sticks and stuff like that. I’m not buying into that.”

What went unsaid is that Revis’ last hamstring injury was a negotiating ploy (remember when Revis sat out during minicamp?).

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 3:36 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2010 5:18 pm

Revis limited in practice with a hamstring

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Jets CB Darrelle Revis has a tight hamstring, and he was limited in New York’s practice today because of it. Considering he’s scheduled to shadow New England WR Randy Moss – a Randy Moss who’s upset with his lack of contract and who’s looking to show Revis he is, in fact, not a slouch – that’s not great news for the Jets.

Revis practiced Wednesday, but on Thursday, he felt a little tightness in his hamstring.

"I'm not overly concerned right now,” coach Rex Ryan said in his postpractice presser. “But anytime it's a hamstring, you get a little nervous"

Perhaps Revis should have taken lessons from San Diego’s Shawne Merriman, who held out from Chargers training camp this year and then immediately went down with an Achilles tendon.

(UPDATE: 5:14 p.m.):
Courtesy of the New York Daily News, we have the comments made by Revis today.

"You got to have toughness," Revis said. "You don’t want to hurt your team in any way. If the situation is that severe, I’ll sit out. But it’s not. And I’ll be out there.”


"It could be a training camp thing," Revis said. "I wasn’t here. I was working out. It wasn’t like I was just sitting down being a couch potato. … My teammates have had a month of organized football… I haven’t been doing it. I got a little bit of tightness because I’m still trying to get my football legs under me."

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 10:23 am

Joe Namath gets his own Sirius radio show

Posted by Will Brinson

Oddly enough, Joe Namath has managed to become more relevant with the advent of the internet -- from a blog practically dedicated to him (or he and Suzy Kolber anyway ), to Twitter (he managed to draw the attention of Mark Sanchez as well as reporters with his in-game tweets) all the way to online video (if you haven't seen the epic clothes he wears on these clips, you need to watch now ), Broadway Joe hasn't let technology pass him by.

And eventually this paid off, as the New York Post reports he'll get his own show on Sirius XM show with Adam Schein called "The Broadway Blitz" which will debut Friday at 2 PM EST and run weekly.

"I’ve been involved with football a long time and I still get excited about every season like I did when I was lacing up my cleats as a kid in Pennsylvania", Namath said. "I’ve got a lot of wisdom from my time in the NFL and a lot of thoughts about today’s players and teams. It’ll be fun to share them with our listeners and I look forward to hearing what they think as well."

Also: Jets fans -- and Alabama fans too! -- are insane and when Joe starts criticizing the team(s), the fans will tune in and listen to what he has to say, because he's a legend. And then the fans will get frothy about the issues Joe is going after (either foamy for Joe or foamy for the Jets) and he will get lots of listeners and everyone will win.

There's the whole "crazy old man in a tank top and jean shorts going on a rant" factor too; Namath is a smart dude but you don't really know what he's going to say, meaning there's almost a near guarantee that we'll be discussing his comments here at some point in the next few weeks.

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 9:33 am

Hot Routes 9.16.10: Video killed the NFL star

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  • We've been discussing how "locker room spies" are beneficial to their new team (although Eric Winston told me he doesn't think Kyle Shanahan will make that big of a difference) and the Giants have the best one of all in Jim Sorgi, who was Peyton Manning's backup for quite a while. (Of course they also have, you know, his brother Eli Manning, but he doesn't know the Colts offense.) Sorgi, however, doesn't think it'll matter. Because it's Peyton.
  • One of Brian Bassett's readers noticed that Kris Jenkins had a tough time making it up the stairs at Cortland. Provided this account is true, well, it kind of makes it seem like he shouldn't have even been on the field for Week 1. Or we should have seen another injury coming.
Posted on: September 14, 2010 12:02 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2010 3:31 pm

Moss has more to say

R. Moss reiterated today that he wants to keep playing for New England (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Apparently, New England WR Randy Moss’ 16-minute postgame presser after the Patriots win against the Bengals wasn’t enough. For a player who hasn’t spoken to the media since the offseason workouts, Moss certainly doesn’t seem to mind getting out his point of view.

This morning on ESPN’s SportsCenter, Moss was interviewed by Hannah Storm. Below are some of his comments.

On why he made his contract statements after the Patriots had won a big game:

“I think the timing could have been bad. But it was my first time speaking to the media this year. I wanted to get it off my chest instead of waiting until Week 12 or Week 13 where I really could become a distraction to our team. Maybe it was bad timing. But I cleared my mind to feel good about myself.”

If he understand why his teammates could have been annoyed at Moss’ timing:

“I do understand that. But when it comes to the business side of football. hopefully my coaches and teammates don’t take it as a disrespectful matter and understand where it is coming from. That’s the first time and last time you’re going to hear from me talking about my contract.”

Clarifying his remarks about leaving New England after the season but not retiring from the game:

“I love playing the game. If my skills are going to leave the New England area, which I don’t want them to leave – let me be clear, I love what they do here, I love coach (Bill) Belichick, I love the team and playing here on Sunday - but from a business standpoint, I have to look at the best interests for my family. Next year, I don’t know where I’ll be playing. Hopefully it’s in New England.”

On Jets CB Darrelle Revis calling Moss a slouch in January (to be fair, Moss hasn’t been real complimentary about Revis’ skills in the past):

“Words don’t hurt me. He’s entitled to say what he wants to say. But then again, we’re coming to the Meadowlands on Sunday. You’ve got 60 minutes of this slouch. If what he called me was a slouch, I guess the slouch in me is what you'll see you on Sunday.”

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Posted on: September 9, 2010 2:58 pm

Hard Knocks episode 5 review

Posted by Andy Benoit

Our final review of Hard Knocks is somewhat abbreviated because, let’s face it, with the regular season kicking off tonight, the excitement over a training camp/preseason show – even a show as tremendous as this – calms down considerably. This in mind, HBO and NFL Films should consider starting and ending the show a week earlier next year.

The late ending shouldn’t take away from the fact that the fifth and final episode was absolutely phenomenal – particularly in the last 10 minutes. We got an inside look at some of the Darrelle Revis contract negotiations. Granted, it wasn’t quite the full inside look (cameras showed Rex Ryan and Woody Johnson planning their trip to go so see Revis in Florida, but they didn’t follow them past the airport), but it was a much deeper inside look than anyone would have guessed.

The best scene was when a group of Jets staff members, including Ryan, GM Mike Tannenbaum and public relations director Bruce Speight, were sitting around a speaker phone negotiating with Revis’ agent. Frustrated when Revis’ agent reiterated the same point for what we’ll assume was the umpteenth time, Ryan stood up and said, “You know what, I’ve been going at this thing for the last several days. I’m gonna go coach this team, get them ready for Baltimore. So I’m done. You know the way the owner feels. I can’t believe we can’t get a damn deal done. It’s a f****** joke.” As he stormed out of the Sanchez and Ryan (US Presswire) room, Ryan shouted back to the phone, “Three years left on a f****** contract! Watch Monday night! See what the f*** happens!”

Tannenbaum ended the call and eventually broke the ensuing heavy silence by saying, “What’s the negotiation playbook say to do now?”

Of course, minutes later (minutes later in the show, that is), Revis showed up at practice and made his Hard Knocks debut. The series ended with the star cornerback breaking down the team’s huddle.

A few other things that stood out from Episode 5:

--Fullback Jason Davis is dripping with arrogance. He’s a good player, but he wasn’t good enough to make the final roster.

--Special teams coach Paul Westhoff got his wish: David Clowney was let go. Tannenbaum told Clowney he never won Westhoff over.

--Mark Sanchez got to call plays during the second half of the final preseason game. Sanchez was elated when the Jets reached the end zone on the first series (he even taunted offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer).

--There isn’t a person in the world who isn’t rooting for running back Chauncey Washington to make it in the NFL. He’s not there yet, but the entire Jets organization respects everything about him.

--The ultimate underdog, Danny Woodhead, a diminutive undrafted free agent, made the team, thanks in part to Santonio Holmes’ suspension.

If HBO and NFL Films are planning Hard Knocks 2011 (if there is football in 2011), here’s an official vote for another year with Ryan’s Jets.

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