Friday, September 2, 2011
Notebook: Revis insists his hip is fine
By Rich Cimini
Darrelle Revis, who got the night off with the rest of the starters, said after the Jets' 24-14 loss to the Eagles that his injured hip is fine. Revis called it a "hip flexor" injury, saying it occurred Monday night against the Giants. It was announced Wednesday by Rex Ryan.
"I feel okay," Revis said. "I'll be all right. We're just going to monitor it. I mean, I can play. I'm 100 percent, it's just a little sore and bothering me a little bit."
Revis said he will be able to practice when the team begins preparation for the Cowboys in the season opener. Of course, a hip injury for a cornerback is nothing to be taken lightly, although Revis did his best to convince the inquiring minds that surrounded his locker.
"I can move. See?" Revis told reporters, shaking his hips as if he were hula-hooping.
ROUGH NIGHT FOR WILSON: Second-year CB Kyle Wilson was one of the few high picks in the annual Backup Bowl. As a former No. 1 pick, he should've been one of the best players on the field. But he wasn't. In the first quarter, he was beaten by Chad Hall on a 16-yard touchdown pass.
Ryan exonerated Wilson (sort of), saying the cornerback should've received inside help from a safety. But, at the same time, he said Wilson should've been more physical on the play. He gave more than a 10-yard cushion to Hall.
"I would've liked to see him get in a guy's face more, but the touchdown wasn't his fault," the coach said.
BAD VLAD: Second-year OLM Vladimir Ducasse ended his up and down preseason on a down note, committing three penalties -- two false starts and a holding call that was declined. "Clearly disappointing," Ryan said.
Ryan has been trying to stay positive with Ducasse, a former second-round pick, but this has to be frustrating for the organization. In the first game, he allowed two sacks, including a missed block that resulted in teammate Rob Turner suffering a broken leg.
PLAYERS WHO HELPED THEIR CHANCES: Ryan singled out S Tracy Wilson and LB Matthias Berning (four tackles, one QB hit). Others who stood out were OLB Aaron Maybin (1.5 sacks), CB Ellis Lankster (67-yard interception return for a TD), LB Nick Bellore (four tackles), OLB Eddie Jones (six tackles) and TE Josh Baker (three catches for 30 yards). P T.J. Conley (42.3 net average) solidified his roster spot.
PLAYERS WHO HURT THEIR CHANCES: S Brodney Pool could be on the bubble. It's never a good sign when a veteran plays in the Backup Bowl. Early in the game, Pool was flagged for a personal foul, a blow to the head of WR Riley Cooper ... RB Joe McKnight will make the team, but he didn't run well and lost a fumble ... LB Brashton Satele recorded a team-high eight tackles, but he also missed two tackles and got beat on a 15-yard pass.
HEEEERE'S MIKE: Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, who usually calls the game from the press box, was positioned on the sideline. Ryan called it a change of pace, mostly because they wanted to give other assistants a chance to call plays from the box. But there may have been a hidden reason.
"He's from the Philly area, so I think he was trying to get some face time (on Philly TV)," Ryan cracked.