Tuesday, January 11, 2011
QBs need a passport for Revis Island again
By Tim Graham
With all of the hoopla surrounding New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis over the summer, expectations couldn't have been higher.
The contract holdout and the hamstring injury dogged his season. Sure, he was voted to start in the Pro Bowl again. But the general sense was that Revis didn't play up to last year's elite standard, and that made him a disappointment to some observers.
KC Joyner (aka the Football Scientist) would have concurred with that assessment a few weeks ago, but he agrees with the proclamations Jets head coach Rex Ryan made Monday: "Quite honestly he's the best player in football ... an amazing player, a once in a lifetime player."
Ryan was referring to Revis' performance in Saturday night's playoff victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Revis held the NFL's leading receiver, Reggie Wayne, to one catch for 1 yard.
That's more like the Revis we came to know last year, when he gave up 3.6 yards per target by Joyner's assessments.
Joyner's analysis showed from Weeks 1 through 6, Revis allowed eight completions for 196 yards and three touchdowns on 22 targets, an average of 8.9 yards per attempt.
For the rest of the season, Revis gave up 11 catches for 153 yards and no touchdowns on 35 targets. Joyner also credits him for drawing a 10-yard offensive pass interference call, pulling Revis' average down to 4.1 yards per target.
As Joyner notes, "Revis Island is once again a place for opposing receivers to fear."