Darrelle Revis answers Giants' barbs
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis had his opportunity to snap back at the Giants wide receivers who took shots at him from a safe distance, calling him a "decent" cornerback and noting that teams weren't afraid to throw at him anymore.
Your turn, Revis.
"No it's not, it's not my turn to do nothing," Revis said. "That's all I got to say. We'll see on Saturday."
Well that wasn't really all. Revis said he didn't know who Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz was after he made the statement about Revis getting thrown at more this season. He laughed when he heard that, "I'm not a monster so why would anybody be scared?"
But mostly, Revis declined to play into the back and forth between the Jets and Giants as the game crests in a 1 p.m. ET Christmas Eve kickoff.
"I'm not entertaining it," Revis said. "If I want to watch entertainment, I'll look at some reality shows, watch some TV."
Luckily, plenty of his teammates had thoughts about having arguably the best player on the Jets and the best corner in the league called out.
"It's just dumb, it's not very smart," tight end Dustin Keller told ESPNNewYork. "It's never served anybody right ever. I guess they may think they're going to get some psychological advantage out of it, but Revis is no mental midget and it's not going down."
To catch everyone up, Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks needed a few seconds when asked about Revis, only to concede that he was a "decent" cornerback. Mario Manningham said he wasn't going to put Revis on a pedestal.
"I haven't seen it go well yet," Smith said to ESPNNewYork. "And those guys are established. They're big name guys calling him out. Someone like Victor Cruz to call him out? It's nonsense, like the Jacksonville guys calling him out."
In fact, Ochocinco said he'd change his name back to Johnson if Revis shut him down. Revis did, but Ocho stayed Cinco.
"I think it's probably to get more face time for you as a receiver," Jets linebacker Jamaal Westerman told ESPNNewYork. "You make a headline but then now it's like really, see what happens. And if it doesn't work out well for you it's like, 'Oh, man.'"
"We had a lot of receivers that talked trash the whole entire year but if you look at those receivers that talked trash to us, what happened?" Cromartie said. "One of them didn't play and then the rest of them, ain't nothing going on."
Cromartie didn't completely discount the Giants receivers.
"They do some good stuff," Cromartie said, "but they get a lot of free release. We don't do a lot of free release in our defenses. We come in, we get in the face and make sure we jam you and do the things that we need to do."
Brodney Pool played along with the trash talk in an interview on ESPN New York 1050's "Ruocco & Lundberg Show." He asked to hear what Cruz said about Revis, architect of the fictional "Revis Island," and then came back with this zinger:
"You can tell him to get out the slot and get out to the island and see if he doesn't drown," Pool said.
Jets coach Rex Ryan of course had Revis' back. He has called Revis the best corner in football, most notably before the cornerback held out of the 2010 training camp.
"I'd call out a lot more guys, that list would be a lot longer before I get to Revis," Ryan said.
He pointed out that everybody loves to be the glamour wide receiver, but it takes a special competitor to want to play cornerback.
"It's easy to call out a guy, but most of the game he has no help, he has almost zero help," Ryan said.
Revis said that this is no doubt a playoff-type game for the Jets, based more on what's at stake in terms of the playoffs. That alone makes it a bigger week than usual.
"We know what type of game this is. This is an intense game," Revis said. "People going to say what they're going to say. We've been hearing it all week, the jawing back and forth. You expect that and you just go with it. Whoever says what on both sides, we got to go out there and play and prove it."
Several Jets, including Ryan, noted that it was fine with them if opponents wanted to call out the team's cornerbacks, because that only makes them play better. And Cromartie agreed.
"I like for people to get us riled up," Cromartie said. "I hope they keep talking. I hope they talk Saturday too, on the field."
Jane McManus covers the Jets and Giants for ESPNNewYork.com.
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