Peter King watched New York Jets corner back Darelle Revis as Revis’ team upset the San Diego Chargers Sunday evening.
A cornerback can’t play much better than Darrelle Revis did Sunday.
“We’ve got a ton of respect for Revis,” Philip Rivers told me Friday at the Chargers’ training facility, “but we’re not going to avoid him. We’ll take some shots at him.”
Oh really? Rivers went back to pass 45 times (40 passes, two sacks, three runs after being chased from the pocket), and I charted Revis’ coverage pattern on every one of Rivers’ pass-drops. By my count, Rivers threw four passes into the zone where Revis had primary coverage, or to the man Revis was playing man-to-man. One was complete, to LaDainian Tomlinson, for a loss of four yards. One, to Legadu Naanee, was batted down by a diving Revis on a cross route. One, to Vincent Jackson, a deep pass up the left seam, was overthrown, with Revis and Jackson running stride for stride. And the fourth, to Jackson, was up for grabs between the two, with Revis coming down with a juggled ball for an interception in a spectacular play.[…]
I don’t care if you’re Deion Sanders or Night Train Lane. Revis put on a clinic, a masterful display of clinging coverage and bump-and-run when the situation called for it.
Charles Woodson got the award on name recognition. Revis removes whoever he is covering from that play, that reciever, whomever it may be, is surrounded by a black hole. Along with coach Rex Ryan’s pressure schemes aka Buddy Ball Jr. and yes Marty ball Jr., its the reason why the Jets are in the playoffs this far. I can’t see them being the Colts, but I thought (and dreaded) that it would be the hated Cowboys vs. Chargers in the Super Bowl.
I couldn’t bear to see another NFC East rival with a shot at the championship. So I made my deal with the devil and cheered Saint Favre the Great against the Cowboys. I don’t have a dog in the race anymore, but I think Jets/Saints would be fun, and Vikings v Colts would be unbearable.