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Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Ryan: Revis a once-in-a-lifetime corner

By ESPNBoston.com

In his conference call with New England reporters on Wednesday morning, Jets coach Rex Ryan was asked whether he expected the Patriots to try to avoid throwing the ball to anyone being covered by cornerback Darrelle Revis on Sunday.

“Well, when you go to Revis Island, the success rate going to that island probably isn’t that good, and Brady knows that,” Ryan said. “He can look at a different matchup that he probably likes better than that matchup. And that’s with any receiver in the league. This is a once-in-a-lifetime type corner and that’s a fact. He is, in my opinion, the best corner in football. It’s not even close. I don’t think it’s smart business to target him."

Ryan explained that one of the challenges the Patriots pose is the number of weapons they have in the passing game, something he got first-hand knowledge of in the teams’ last meeting, a 45-3 shellacking by the Patriots in which Brady completed passes to eight different receivers.

“They torched us last time they played us,” Ryan said. “It’s not like they just have Wes Welker or they just have [Deion] Branch or they just have one tight end. They’ve got a whole slew of weapons and Brady uses every one of them. He’s going to throw it to the open guy. That’s what you have to be concerned with.”