The loss of Darrelle Revis to this defense seems like it might be an impossible one to surmount for the Jets, and Will Leitch writes about just what Revis means to this team on New York Magazine’s website.
… we’ll find out the official diagnosis later today — but it absolutely does not look good. Revis is the difference between an above-average defense and a top-tier one, and with Sanchez and the offense playing the way they are, the loss of Revis would be devastating. This looked like a middling team before Revis’s injury yesterday. Now? Look out.
Brian Bassett, theJetsBlog.comNoon today or thereabouts is when Rex will hold his presser, but I wonder just how much the Jets will say about the injury. Revis is a huge asset to the Jets and the more they keep their opponents guessing the better off they might be. Even the threat of Darrelle Revis is better than nothing, and if they hope to try and get him back, even late in the season, they might not say a lot. We saw back in 2010 how the defense suffered when Revis was out for substantial time, while they might not have locked anyone down, to be fair the defense also became much more opportunistic during that period.
While I know no one wants to hear it, the Jets probably have better #2 and #3 corners than probably half the teams in the league have at their #1 and #2, but when they typically get to hide behind Revis, it’s fair to say that his loss is a huge blow to the overall strength of this defense. I do think that the Jets defensive line has the potential to apply more pressure based on their personnel, but I’ve not seen it yet – so it’s getting harder for me to believe it’s waiting to surface. The Jets defense is going to take a big loss if Darrelle Revis is out for any substantial period of time, but I will say that the Jets might be able to find a way to deploy their safeties to better effect this year than last. LaRon Landry has already forced two turnovers so far this (one forced fumble and yesterday’s pick-six) in the regular season and he had a number of turnovers during the preseason. So the Jets might be better able to set traps in their defense than they could have last year utilizing their safeties – specifically Landry – to that effect.
The loss of Revis cannot be articulated to this team, but I do think that the Jets have substantial personnel elsewhere to stay relevant, while maybe not world-class without Revis.