Jordan Rule? Revis rules

December, 29, 2011
12/29/11
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On Wednesday, Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall said Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis gets the benefit of the Jordan Rule. Just like Michael Jordan got the benefit of the calls when he played in the NBA, Marshall reasoned, so does Revis in the NFL.

On Thursday, Revis said he didn't exactly see it like that.

"If a referee makes a call, they make a call," Revis said. "If they don't, they don't."

Jets coach Rex Ryan said maybe Marshall's comments were more about trying to massage any future calls than about any deference Revis might get from the stripes.

"I think he's trying to put it in the officials' mind," Ryan said. "Come on, Brandon's a big guy, a great receiver, and if anything let's just say it's pretty physical. I don't know if Revis is doing the pushing or not; I'm not sure. But those two guys do get after it -- two great players going at it.

"And I agree with the Jordan deal. I think he is the cornerback equivalent of Michael Jordan," Ryan said of Revis.

Revis said calls go both ways, and the corners aren't the only ones who initiate contact. Marshall pushes off sometimes when the ball is thrown his way; there are a lot of wide receivers who do. Marshall is "by far" the most physical receiver in the league, Revis said.

"There's a lot of holding out there. There's a lot of pushing off out there," Revis said. "But you've got to play through the plays."

Both Marshall and Revis are from the Pittsburgh area and both agreed there was mutual respect between the two, and they are friendly off the field.

"It's always a good fight between me and him," Revis said.

Jets center Nick Mangold said he wasn't big into basketball, but got the comparison.

"Revis is a heck of a player," Mangold said. "I don't know much about DB play or corner play, but I imagine the player that he is, he probably doesn’t need the rule."

Linebacker Calvin Pace said one thing that amazes him about Revis is that he hasn't reached his ceiling. Revis, 26, is basically at the top of him profession and continues to push and improve.

"He's basically the Michael Jordan of cornerbacks, so why wouldn't he be able to get a call?" Pace said. "Receivers always say they're getting interfered with or getting held. I guess it's kind of in the receiver handbook of what you're supposed to do. Greatness, when you're great you get away with a little pushoff. Or if you're Michael Jordan maybe you get away with a little over-the-back."

Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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