They always say you should never hold grudges. It’s not very healthy, and the best course of action is to move on and just see if down the road things can be patched up. There was a point just a few months ago that cornerback Darrelle Revis was a free agent and actually wanted to have a reunion with the team he once called home. One would think that the New York Jets would have jumped up in joy and put grudges behind them to go after their once prized defender.
Unfortunately, no such reunion ever came into fruition. Everyone was thinking that since the Jets had ample salary cap room they could have put in some more effort to bring Revis back to immediately bolster their defense. A big reason why “Revis Island” horribly failed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is that their defense thrives in zone coverage and not the man-to-man coverage that the Jets use that propelled Revis into becoming the best shutdown cornerback in the NFL. It’s one of those things that only works under the right system, and Revis does extremely well in the Jets’ defense.
It leaves much to wonder as to why the Jets didn’t pull the trigger in acquiring Revis again, because it would have brought much more respect and creditability that they are serious about contending for a championship this year. It’s weird because Revis wanted to come back the moment he was a free agent and head coach Rex Ryan felt the exact same way.
They had the money to acquire him yet nothing happened which leaves many wondering why the Jets played games in regards to bringing him back into the mix. Could it have been a pride thing? Perhaps it’s from general manager John Idzik believing that he’d rather stick with his draft picks than reunite with a proven veteran like Revis?
The world may never know what stopped a Revis reunion with the Jets from happening, but at the current moment, they are probably second guessing their inability to make it happen. The Jets are really hurting these days with injuries hitting their defensive secondary like there is no tomorrow as they avoid hitting a panic button. These troubling times might alert the masses that the Jets dropped the ball big time in not making a push to bring Revis back.
Adding more salt to the wound, now “Revis Island” can conveniently be seen with the New England Patriots. Not only could the Jets potentially have a disaster on their hands this upcoming season with their defensive secondary getting absolutely lit up consistently, but they will have to play against Revis twice this year.
One can’t help but wonder what kind of dominating games Revis will have against his old team with that big green and white chip on his shoulder.