Jets a contender without Darrelle Revis

August, 10, 2010
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New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan claimed they can win without cornerback Darrelle Revis.

I believe it.

Ryan echoed comments nose tackle Kris Jenkins made before training camp began, declaring that if Revis holds out into the season, the Jets will be OK.

"Don't feel sorry for us," Ryan said Tuesday. "We have everything we need here on defense."

During my visit to Gillette Stadium for New England Patriots camp, ESPNBoston.com's Mike Rodak manned the video camera for my take on the deteriorating Revis situation. Antonio Cromartie, Dwight Lowery and first-round pick Kyle Wilson aren't a bad crew.

But don't overlook Revis' importance to the run defense. While everyone focuses on his coverage skills, there's a major drop off in tackling ability from him to Cromartie.

Jenkins, the behemoth anchor to Ryan's 3-4 defense, made the point that if the Jets could maintain the NFL's top-rated defense with him sidelined for the final 10 games of last season and win a couple of playoff games without him, then anybody can be replaced.

The Jets' defense would be much better with Revis around, but without him, they're still a playoff-caliber team with a good shot to make a deep postseason run.

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