- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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Obviously, the New York Jets' coach is biased when it comes to the Great Cornerback Debate, but he claimed that Revis' performances in 2009 and 2010 were superior to what Sherman did this season for the Seattle Seahawks.
"Sherman’s probably a guy who has played as well as any corner in the league this year," Ryan said Friday during a promotional appearance on Super Bowl Boulevard in Manhattan. "But, overall, the year that Revis had the first two years I was here, I don’t think Richard Sherman or anybody could compare to the years Revis had."
Ryan gave a technical explanation, saying they were so confident in Revis' man-to-man coverage ability that they put him in difficult situations week after week.
"What we did with him, how we played defense, we put him on the No. 1 guy and locked him down, and rolled our coverage and played loaded zones away from him constantly," said Ryan, who coached Revis from 2009 to 2012. "I'm not sure that’s ever been duplicated."
But the Jets traded him anyway, sending Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last offseason.
In case you're wondering, Ryan picked the Denver Broncos to beat the Seahawks.
Ryan said he likes having the Super Bowl in New York/New Jersey. Obviously, he wishes the Jets could be playing, but, "(It) could be worse. New England could be in it. I think it kind of fuels it a little bit. You realize how bad you want it, how bad you want to be in it."
Ryan said he'll watch Sunday from home.
"I thought about going to the game," he said, "but I don’t know if I could handle it."
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