Tag:Darrelle Revis
Posted on: March 6, 2011 2:25 pm
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Revis: A lot of guys are going to get hurt

D. Revis says a lockout would be bad for the players' health (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Jets CB Darrelle Revis has a unique perspective on timing and how a disruption in it can lead to injuries. Just like last season when Revis held out from training camp, only to be stricken with an injured hamstring when the regular season began, he’s worried that, if the owners and NFLPA can’t come to an agreement next week and the owners lock out the players, the players’ health will be compromised.

Especially if the stoppage extends into the months where players and teams are supposed to be participating in training camps.

"It won't work," Revis told ESPN.com. "Just looking at my situation of holding out and me trying to hurry up and come back and play -- say this thing carries on until July, I think a lot of guys are going to get hurt because we haven't been to OTAs, we haven't been in that mode of football. Yeah, you can work out, I was working out when I held out, but it's a different level."

For the past month or so, we’ve read all about how groups of teammates plan to work out together during a lockout, so they can keep as sharp as possible. But who’s to say how well that could work? Who’s to say the NFLPA would even allow that to happen?

That’s why, Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald said (speaking for just about everybody in the universe), it’s probably best for the NFL and the NFLPA to come to a deal next week.

"Hopefully the collective bargaining agreement is reached next week and we'll be able to do everything the same as we always have," Fitzgerald said.

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Posted on: February 17, 2011 9:02 pm
 

Ian Kinsler confuses me

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In a rather strange analogy, Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler dissed Eagles WR DeSean Jackson and QB Michael Vick and, in a roundabout way, called Philadelphia’s biggest stars unprofessional.

When ESPN Dallas asked Kinsler about teammate Michael Young, who requested a trade a few weeks ago, Kinsler responded by saying, “"This isn't DeSean Jackson or Michael Vick or Manny Ramirez. Michael Young is a professional. It would be completely out of his personality not to be here."

So, I’m a little confused. If he’s talking about Jackson’s desire for a new contract before the 2010 season began, it’s not correct to call him unprofessional. Jackson said he wasn’t going to be a distraction, and, in fact, he wasn’t, leadingt he league in yards per catch with 22.5.

And the Vick comparison is flummoxing as well, because Vick hasn’t demanded anything contract-related since he returned to the NFL following his prison sentence. Now, if Kinsler had substituted Albert Haynesworth and Darrelle Revis for Jackson and Vick, he’d be right on.
 
Instead, Kinsler whiffed completely, and now, he looks a little silly.

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Posted on: February 16, 2011 8:50 pm
 

Report: Jets willing to lose Cromartie

A. Cromartie could be out of a New York uniform next season (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s been quite a month for Jets CB Antonio Cromartie. After an up and down season – in fairness, he was probably more ‘up’ than ‘down,’ but some of his ‘downs’ were really low, Cromartie called Patriots QB Tom Brady an a------ (hell, even Reggie Jackson suggested Cromartie pipe down after that comment).

Then, he blasted the NFL and the NFLPA about the labor dispute and the “no light at the end of the tunnel” progress they had made in negotiating a new CBA (hey, the man needs to get paid).

Then, Cromartie and Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck got into a mini-Twitter war in which Cromartie threatened to smash in Hasselbeck’s face.

So yeah, he’s been pretty classy.

And though it’s questionable whether any of the previous controversies will play a role in the Jets ultimate decision about Cromartie, the NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi, via Pro Football Talk, reported tonight that New York likely will let the upcoming free agent walk away.

That’s because, Lombardi says, the Jets are more interested in retaining the services of WRs Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards rather than pay Cromartie a boatload of money.

Cromartie should be fine, though. He’s probably not a top-five cornerback in the NFL, but he certainly could be a team’s No. 1 cover guy. He fulfilled that role with New York when Darrelle Revis was out with injury, and for the most part, Cromartie performed admirably.

UPDATED: The New York Daily News reports that no decision has been made regarding Cromartie and that he's still a priority for the Jets.

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Posted on: February 7, 2011 7:11 pm
 

Revis: 'I want Chad to come here and play for us'

Posted by Will Brinson

The New York Jets have a pile of people leaving via free agency after this season and a few of them are wide recivers (Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes and Brad Smith).

Even if they don't bring those guys back, there might be another option: Chad Ochocinco.

Well, at least if Darrelle Revis has his way -- according to Metro in New York, the wide receiver's been lobbying Ochocinco to join him in the Big Apple. 

"I want Chad to come here and play for us, to be a Jet," Revis said. "I've been in his ear a lot about it this week ... I think he could do well here. I've been telling him to come here."

Ochocinco would actually work out alright with the Jets, because he's a talented wideout (even if he's lost some of his speed) who can still produce and he'd fit especially nicely on the other side of the field from Santonio Holmes.

But there's the small matter of everyone putting up with him. Ocho is a notorious publicity-hound and there's nowhere with a stronger media spotlight in New York.

Though that might seem like a perfect union, the city and the player aren't the only ones who have to put up with the experience. The New York fans would have to be on board (not a problem until he fails to produce) and then there's the collateral damage that is every single other person unable to tune out the noise coming out of the potential new partnership.

Still, the Jets have't shied away from acquiring players of Ochocinco's ilk, so while we can hope it doesn't happen, there's really no reason to rule out the possibility.

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Posted on: February 5, 2011 6:05 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2011 6:15 pm
 

Super Bowl Scene: Saturday (Playboy party recap)

Posted by Andy Benoit
Snoop Dogg (US Presswire)
DALLAS -- It feels like the last day of exams in college here at Super Bowl headquarters. Most people have their work done and are not around. The few who are here are working intently on final projects. Crews are taking down the stages and cleaning up all around Radio Row. Every hour or so a fire alarm goes off (presumably because equipment is being hauled out through backdoors). The athletes have been scarce, as well (it’s mid-afternoon and I’ve only seen Michael Irvin and Kurt Warner outside the Sheraton today).

There’s also a subtle aura of fatigue floating around. Virtually everyone in Dallas was at a Super Bowl party until the wee hours last night. There was the Commissioner’s party, the ESPN party, the Sports Illustrated party, the GQ party and the Playboy party, to name a few. Those of you who follow @CBSSportsNFL on Twitter or read Friday’s Super Bowl Scene late edition (which, by the way, has a picture of a perfect Troy Polamalu Jr. that’s worth checking out) knows that Sir Will Brinson and I attended the Playboy party.

How was it? In a word, agonizing. In another word, amazing. We began the night as part of the red carpet media, which meant our role was to stand around and wait to have quick, flimsy conversations with famous people before they walk in.  It’s something neither Will nor I had ever done. Fortunately, one of the four Playboy PR reps would come by and whisper the name of the celebrity if need be. (Or, they’d come by and have us whisper to them the name of the athlete who was coming by.)

There was A LOT of standing and waiting involved. This was especially brutal because the entrance was in an enclosed tent that contained just one heater. The temperature inside the tent was in the mid-40s. The festivities began at 9:00; the celebrities started trickling in at 10:15. At 10:30, sensing that it could be hours before the event gained significant action, Will and I decided that if no one showed up by 10:35, we’d bolt. At around 10:32, Darrelle Revis came in. Not long after him was Phillies slugger Ryan Howard.

Will and I decided again at 10:55 that if no celebrities showed up by 11, we’d once again bolt. At 10:58 or so, Jeremy Maclin (see video), Josh Freeman and Brandon Lloyd came through.

Eventually, we got picky and decided that if the next celebrity was not an A-lister, we’d depart. When Maria Menounos showed up, Will declared her A-list caliber on the basis that she tends to draw a lot of internet traffic. (Wonder why that is.) B. Sanders (US Presswire)

Even though much of the night involved standing in the freezing cold and waiting around, time actually flew by. It helped that Sports Illustrated media guru Richard Deitsch was with us. Discussing the sports media industry is something most in the sports media LOVE to do (Will and I especially).

As we neared midnight, Will and I gave in and just committed to waiting for Snoop Dogg’s arrival (the logic was, “hell, it’s already late anyway”). Many of the expected guests on Playboy’s list were no-shows (which was fine because plenty of big names who were not on the list showed up). By that point we had already encountered Landon Donovan, Craig Robinson (Daryl from The Office), Knowshon Moreno (Broncos), Flo Rida (rapper), Barry Sanders, the White House Crashers, Paul Scheer (TV Show The Leage), Vince Neil (Motley Crue…he was wasted out of his mind, by the way), Lawyer Milloy (Seahawks), Marcus Allen, Jared Fogle (Subway), Ryan Kwanten (actor), Phil Hellmuth (gambler), James Laurinaitis (Rams), Kyle Busch, Ryan Cabrera (rock star), Aubrey O’Day (singer/dancer/actress…i.e. hot girl), Hunter Parrish (actor), Dave Annable (Brothers and Sisters) and Sarah Ramos (actress). And maybe more.

Snoop was guaranteed to show because, as the headline entertainment, he was a big reason 2,500 people shelled out $1,000 to be there. (Plus, his dad, Papa Snoop had arrived earlier.)

Shockingly, Snoop Dogg is not the most punctual guy. He was expected at midnight. At 12:30 someone from his crew called to say that they were five minutes out. At 1:06, he arrived.

Will and I have seen and spoken with loads of celebrities this week. Either fortunately or unfortunately, you become somewhat immune to the excitement of it all. But admittedly, a conversation with Snoop was something we both craved and loved. After some photo ops he strolled over to us smelling exactly how you’d expect him to smell. We asked the standard red carpet questions (the simple, soft-hitting stuff is more appropriate and effective for events like these). The quality of Snoop’s answers was very solid – probably better than everyone save for Brandon Lloyd (by far the most engaging and entertaining star on the night), gambler Phil Hellmuth and maybe Lawyer Milloy.

From there we went into the party and watched Snoop tear down the house. The behavior of the patrons was what’d you’d expect at a Playboy gathering (we’ll leave it at that). Plenty of A-list sports media faces were there having a good time (again, we’ll leave it at that). And a handful of players –including Steelers left tackle Max Starks, who, remember, is on IR – were reveling in it all.

By the time it ended and we got back to the Media Center, it was 2:00 a.m. Poor Josh Katzowitz was sitting in the empty media workroom waiting for us. We had told him we’d be back no later than 9:30.

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Posted on: February 4, 2011 8:34 am
 

Revis wants Cromartie back

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Although he was busy Thursday asking a question to the Black Eyed Peas at the halftime performers’ news conference – it was on behalf of OCNN, and it was probably only the 50th-most ridiculous moment of that presser – Jets CB Darrelle Revis also found time to plead his case for Antonio Cromartie.

He told the New York Daily News that he wants Cromartie to return next season.

"I think there's going to be some changes," Revis told the paper. "I just think we need to keep the core group of guys to make sure those guys don't slip away."

There’s little doubt Revis and Cromartie make up one of the best cover tandems in the league. Revis, after a slow start to the season because of hamstring injury had a tremendous second half of the season, while Cromartie was up and down. Some days were good for him; some days were not so much.

But Revis wants him back, though Cromartie, who will be a free agent, will command a high salary. Plus, you have to remember the Jets gave Revis a tremendous new contract before this season. In the end, that might be the reason New York lets go of Cromartie after all.

"We need him," Revis said. "He's made a lot of plays for us.”

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Posted on: January 23, 2011 10:05 am
 

Revis makes Big Ben cautious

B. Roethlisberger will take note of D. Revis (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger had some candid comments for the Beaver County Times when he was asked about facing Jets CB Darrelle Revis in today's AFC championship game. Basically, Roethlisberger doesn’t seem all that interested in challenging one of the two best cornerbacks in the game.*

*Now that I’m thinking about it, maybe Nnamdi Asomugha needs a new PR team. Revis gets all of the headlines, and it’s assumed that he is the best CB in the game, maybe because his name constantly is out there. Meanwhile, Asomugha quietly goes about his business, and nobody throws any passes his way.

“As a competitor, you don’t want to ever say you are scared of anybody or you don’t want to go after someone,” Roethlisberger told the paper. “But you’ve got to use your head. Being a competitor is being smart as well. Knowing how good he is and with all those other guys they have over there, you can’t just be like, ‘Forget that, I’m a competitor. I’m going after him. I don’t care what happens.’ You have got to be able to use your head and know when to attack and when not to.”

Of course, if Roethlisberger declines to attack Revis’ side of the field, he knows he’s got another problem.

“Then you get in trouble because you go to the other side and there’s (Antonio) Cromartie,” Roethlisberger said. “That’s why I say this whole defense is so good. It’s hard to single out one guy to stay away from because they have 10 other guys, and sometimes it seems like 15 other guys out there that you have to deal with. But to answer your question, absolutely, Revis is a stopper.”

It’s assumed that Revis will face off against Steelers WR Hines Ward today, because Revis blanketed Ward the last time they played. But remember, Ward is a slot receiver who isn’t really a game-changer any more. It might make more sense to move Revis to the outside and place him on somebody like Emmanuel Sanders (it makes more sense to keep Cromartie on Mike Wallace because Cromartie can match Wallace’s size and speed).

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Posted on: January 21, 2011 8:36 pm
 

Jets CB assignments Sunday might surprise you

Posted by Andy Benoit

It’s always interesting to see which wide receiver the Jets choose to put Darrelle Revis on. Speculation has been that the shutdown corner will shadow Pittsburgh’s sensational big-play wideout Mike Wallace this Sunday. Thanks to DeSean Jackson-like speed and quickness, the lanky second-year receiver accumulated 1,257 yards on just 60 receptions this season (21 yards per catch). Wallace also led the Steelers with 10 receiving touchdowns.

Rex Ryan has not said what the Jets will do with Revis Sunday. (See! It IS possible for Ryan toA. Cromartie (US Presswire) keep his mouth shut!) But Jason La Canfora of NFL.com reports that New York will have Revis defend Hines Ward. Antonio Cromartie would then handle Wallace.

The thinking behind this likely centers around Cromartie’s skill set. At 6’2”, Cromartie has the length to match the long-armed, long-striding Wallace. Cromartie also has excellent north/south speed. At the same time, because Cromartie is very poor in his mechanics and unwilling to be physical, he would be an exceptionally bad matchup on Ward.

Having Cromartie on Wallace and Revis on Ward is actually what the Jets did when they traveled to Pittsburgh in Week 15. In that game Wallace caught seven balls for 102 yards, but his longest reception went for just 23. Ward was held to two catches (34 yards) on just three targets.

La Canfora also makes an excellent point about the rest of the Jets’ coverage tactics for Sunday. “The Jets typically use a full dose of man coverage,” he writes. “But the deep threat presented by Wallace, along with wideouts Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown, could lead to the team employing a safety over the top against the Steelers, based on down and distance.”

As logical as all this analysis is, it’s possible the Jets could come out and surprise people by putting Revis on Wallace. Or, they could move Revis around throughout the game (a tactic they used against Donald Driver and Greg Jennings when Green Bay came to town earlier this season). A changeup is possible because, at the end of the day, simple common sense says Revis is New York’s best player and Wallace is Pittsburgh’s most dangerous weapon.

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