Thursday, November 8, 2012
Seahawks won't miss Revis on Sunday
By Mike Sando
The Seattle Seahawks won't have to worry about Darrelle Revis when the New York Jets visit CenturyLink Field in Week 10.
Revis, widely acknowledged as the NFL's best cornerback when healthy, will not play until 2013 after suffering a knee injury during the Jets' second game of the season.
This can only be a good thing for the Seahawks' improving pass offense. The Jets run a complex defense putting additional pressure on rookie quarterback Russell Wilson to figure out the scheme. Not having to worry about Revis has to help.
"It's a very difficult scheme on defense for our offensive guys," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters this week.
The first chart shows per-play defensive passing stats against the Jets with and without Revis on the field this season. The second one shows the same information for 2011 and 2012.
Antonio Cromartie is the cornerback Wilson and the Seahawks need to worry about the most.
Pro Football Focus recently named Cromartie to its all-AFC team at midseason.
"Cromartie earns it for how he has stepped up since Darrelle Revis went down," PFF's Khaled Elsayed wrote. "Hes allowed just 41.9 percent of passes into his coverage to be complete, so you can look past the high (six) penalty count."
Officials have flagged Cromartie three times for defensive pass interference, twice for illegal contact and once for unnecessary roughness. That included three penalties during a Week 6 game against Indianapolis.
The Jets' other starting corner, Kyle Wilson, has had a tougher time.