Something really weird happened in the New York Jets' win in London. It was the rarest of football occurrences, an event that happens as frequently as a lunar eclipse.
Darrelle Revis blitzed.
With 7:42 remaining in the game, Revis lined up in the left slot to cover Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry, as he had been doing most of the day. When the ball was snapped, the Jets' star cornerback dashed toward quarterback Ryan Tannehill as part of a seven-man rush that resulted in a hurried incomplete pass.
A Revis blitz comes along as often as an Eli Manning touchdown run. Since 2008, Revis has blitzed only eight times, according to Pro Football Focus. The previous blitz was last February in the Super Bowl, when he was playing for the New England Patriots -- his one and only blitz for Bill Belichick.
When asked about his slot blitz against Tannehill, Revis smiled.
"You noticed," he said.
Actually, no, I can't take the credit. I happened to see it in the stats furnished by PFF. Oddly, Revis didn't want to divulge any details about it, saying only, "I just do what they tell me to do."
Former coach Rex Ryan blitzed Revis only three times from 2009 to 2012 because he felt it made no sense to remove from pass coverage arguably the best cover corner in the NFL. Sound thinking. Ryan's predecessor, Eric Mangini, had different ideas. In his rookie year, 2007, Revis blitzed 11 times.
Moral of the story?
Anything is possible with a Todd Bowles-coached defense.
Or maybe it was just their European game plan.