By Steve Brooks: New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan feels that former Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is a better player than Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. Revis left the Jets after the 2012 season in a trade to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Revis suffered a torn ACL during the 2012 season, and he missed most of the season while rehabbing the injured knee.
Revis came back last season and played for the Bucs, playing well but not at the level that he was at during his best seasons with the Jets. Revis should be able to return to his previous form by next season, as he’ll have another year to strengthen his knee to where it was before.
“I think when you look at it, Sherman’s probably a guy that has played about as well as any corner in the league this year,” Ryan told NFL.com. “So that’s great. But overall, I think the year that Revis had — the first two years that I was here — I don’t think, not Richard Sherman or anybody — can compare to the years Revis had. What we did with him. How we played defense — put him on the No. 1 guy and locked him down and rolled our coverages, ran loaded zones away from him constantly. I’m not sure that’s ever been duplicated.”
There’s a huge difference between Sherman and Revis. Sherman does a lot of it coverage by holding his receiver and almost tackling them when he presses them when they’re trying to get off the line. Sherman continues to hold at times during the receiver’s routes, and this enables him to shut them down much of the time. With Revis, he uses his quick feet, and speed acceleration to stay with the receivers. He’s not holding on every play or trash talking to try and get in the minds of the receivers to get an edge. He just straight plays them and stays close enough to intercept and knock down a lot of passes without holding them.