|Trying to figure out Darrelle Revis’ dramatic reversal on Tom Brady, Deflategate||05.21.15 at 2:12 pm ET|
The comments from Darrelle Revis regarding the Patriots and Deflategate weren’t tremendously surprising — after all, the former Patriots cornerback went all-in on the heel turn among New England fans in March when he decided to return to the Jets. So when he said “(the Patriots) have a history of doing stuff. You can’t hide that. Tom was there when they did that stuff in the past,” it wasn’t all that shocking.
While Revis was quick to note that quarterback Tom Brady was a “Hall of Famer” and will “go down as one of the greatest — if not the best — quarterback that’s ever played,” his most recent comments stand in stark contrast to where Revis stood in the days before the Super Bowl. The week after the AFC title game, the cornerback was asked for his thoughts on how Brady handled things when he talked to the team about the Deflategate.
“He stood up and spoke and said, “I know this is a distraction and we have to keep focus as a team,'” Revis said of Brady. “We have a big game to play and that is something he wouldn’t do. (Brady) wouldn’t break any rules. It was basically just to clear the smoke.
“I think at that point you want your leader to stand up and say a couple of words for us to move forward because it can be a distraction and it can bother us,” he added. “This whole experience, this Super Bowl experience. Definitely it shows a lot of character in him to stand up and speak to the whole team.”
Not so sound overly naive, but such a dramatic 180-degree turn for Revis in a four-month period is truly jarring. Why did he do it? It’s always possible that time — and the benefit of hindsight — has given him the opportunity to speak more freely than he did in the past. So we’ll give him a pass there. Was it possible that he never really considered himself a Patriot, as Manish Mehta suggested on WEEI Thursday morning? Perhaps. After all, no player in the free-agent era has done a better job maximizing his financial potential than Revis, a practice that has left some questioning his loyalty. (Some would call him a mercenary.) Maybe this is just his own way of demonstrating brand loyalty.
In the end — despite all of the nice things they said about each other over the course of the 2014 season — the only thing certain is the fact that Revis’ flip-flop will provide more bulletin-board material for Brady when he goes up against his old teammate for the first time Oct. 25 at Gillette Stadium.
New York Daily News Jets columnist Manish Mehta joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about Darrelle Revis’ comments to him regarding the Patriots and Tom Brady. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Revis spent one year with the Patriots, winning a Super Bowl title, but then departed for the Jets via free agency after the Patriots didn’t pick up his $20 million option. Mehta was asked if Revis never felt like a Patriot, and he said that would be “fair to say.”
“That’s probably fair to say,” said Mehta. “He hasn’t came out and told me that specifically, but judging by his reaction to coming back to New York and feeling comfortable in this area. It is a place he had played for obviously at the outset of his career and an area he likes a lot and an organization — even though it is a different coaching staff now.
“I think that is fair to say, although he hasn’t came out specially and told me he never felt like a Patriot because I think when he was with [Bill] Belichick he learned a lot from Belichick, he bought in and he obviously played a great deal in their Super Bowl title.”
Mehta said Revis wasn’t reluctant to say what he did about the Patriots on Wednesday, as he’s the type of player to speak his mind when he wants.
“No. I wouldn’t say that,” Mehta said. “He also has a history with the Patriots prior to playing for the Patriots, that a lot of these other guys who have played for Belichick didn’t have, so he does have a unique perspective. The thing I know about Darrelle Revis, knowing him since he came into the league years ago is that he does speak his mind. He took a brief rest there up in Foxboro, but his personality is such that if he believes in something he’s going to say it and he’s obviously a caliber of player that carries a lot of clout. He doesn’t really care what you think, if that’s what he believes he’s going to share it with you.”
Mehta did add Revis still has great deal of respect for Brady and feels like he will be a Hall of Famer.
“I will say that Revis was very clear that he’s always had a lot of professional respect for Tom Brady and he does think he’s going to be a Hall of Famer, without a doubt and he does think he’s one of the greatest quarterbacks,” said Mehta. “The way he described it was, ‘if not the best’ quarterback to ever play, so in terms of how any potential wrongdoing with these footballs affects Brady’s legacy, I think Revis believes that Tom Brady is an all-time great regardless of what happened. He just doesn’t have the fact, he doesn’t know what happened. He was unaware of it.”
|Darrelle Revis speaks out on Tom Brady: ‘Tom was there when they did stuff in the past’||05.20.15 at 6:56 pm ET|
But in an interview with Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Revis took some thinly veiled shots at Brady and the Patriots in the wake of punishment handed down for their alleged role in Deflategate.
“Everybody’s blowing it up because it is Tom Brady,” Revis told the Daily News Wednesday. “I understand that. But if [the NFL] feels he did the crime or he did something and they want to penalize them, then that’s that. [The Patriots] have a history of doing stuff. You can’t hide that. Tom was there when they did that stuff in the past.”
The remarks were the first from Revis since the punishment was levied by the National Football League.
Revis, according to Mehta, made it clear that he was unaware of any wrongdoing by Brady in his one season with the Patriots that ended with a Super Bowl title.
But Revis did hint that the franchise’s rule-breaking history, such as Spygate, likely played a role in this latest punishment.
“New England’s been doing stuff in the past and getting in trouble,” Revis told Mehta. “When stuff repeatedly happens, then that’s it. I don’t know what else to tell you. Stuff repeatedly happened through the years. You got SpyGate, you got this and that and everything else. Obviously in those situations in the past, they had the evidence. So they did what they needed to do.”
|Resetting Patriots depth chart: Cornerback||04.30.15 at 10:27 am ET|
With the majority of free agency completed and the draft looming, we’re going to take a look at the Patriots depth chart by position, and try and assess the level of need going forward. We’ve broken down each position on the offensive side of the ball. On defense, we’ve taken a look at the defensive line, linebackers, safeties and now lastly, cornerback.
Current depth chart: (2014 regular-season stats via coaches film review and Pro Football Reference): Logan Ryan (33 tackles, 3 INTs, 6 passes defended, 2 forced fumbles), Malcolm Butler (18 tackles, 7 passes defensed), Kyle Arrington (41 tackles, 4 passes defensed, 2 forced fumbles), Alfonzo Dennard (13 tackles, 1 pass defensed), Chimdi Chekwa (15 tackles, 2 passes defensed), Bradley Fletcher (53 tackles, 1 interception, 22 passes defensed, 1 forced fumble), Robert McClain (49 tackles, 2 interceptions, 5 passes defensed)
Lost in free agency: Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner
Gained in the offseason: Chimdi Chekwa, Bradley Fletcher, Robert McClain
Other changes: There haven’t been any other changes, but the two players lost may be the two biggest events of the Patriots’ offseason. Revis and Browner’s presence in the secondary made the entire defense better and paved the way to a Super Bowl win. Without adding any big names at the position, the cornerback position will be the position to keep an eye on most between now and the start of the season to see who emerges. As of now it would appear Ryan and Butler would be the starting corners.
Is this a major area of need going into the draft? Yes. Losing Revis and Browner and not making any big splashes at the position in free agency, it would seem the team is in a position to select a cornerback high in the draft. While the team may not take a corner in the first round, a second or third round pick definitely remains a possibility.
|No comment from Darrelle Revis on Jets being fined $100K for tampering||04.29.15 at 12:18 am ET|
Speaking with reporters on during a break in the Jets offseason workout program, Darrelle Revis had no comment Tuesday on the fact that New York was fined $100,000 for tampering with the cornerback before he became a free agent.
Revis indicated that he wanted to return to New York before the 2014 season after a one-year stopover in Tampa Bay, but ended up spending the year in New England.
“I was knocking on the door when I went into free agency after I left Tampa,” he told reporters with a laugh. “And I got denied. It’s cool. There’s no hatred or anything like that. It’s business. They felt that I wasn’t the guy to be here, that’s fine.”
Revis told reporters he “never thought” he’d be back in New York, but was quick to add that Florham Park held a certain pull for him.
“This is where I’m most comfortable,” he added. “This is home for me.”
He said his 2014 was highlighted by a “greater leaning experience” with Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
“I think I’m way more intelligent at the game, at the position,” Revis said when asked how he compares to previous years. “And I had a greater learning experience last year with [Patriots coach] Bill [Belichick]. He helped me in a lot of ways [in terms] of seeing the game a different way. But I think at the same time, I think just the growth — me growing as a player and growing as a man has helped me tremendously.
“And I think now, I’m a different type of player, a better player than I was when I was younger.”
Revis expressed optimism about the state of the New York defense.
“We’re very strong in the secondary, we’re very strong at linebacker and definitely very strong at the D-linemen position,” Revis said. “The sky’s the limit. It’s for us to control and dictate what we want to do as a defense. And we can be even better. We can be better than those teams. I’m not taking nothing away from those teams a couple years ago, but right now it’s for us to build a foundation — not as a defense, but as a team.
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|Report: Jets will be fined $100K in Darrelle Revis tampering case||04.28.15 at 12:14 pm ET|
The NFL will fine the Jets $100,000 in the Darrelle Revis tampering case, but will not subtract any draft picks from New York, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
The Patriots filed tampering charges with the league shortly after Jets owner Woody Johnson made comments about wanting Revis back when he was still under contract to New England, saying in December, “I’d love for Darrelle to come back.” The cornerback then signed with New York on the first day of NFL free agency.
According to Mehta, New England will not be punished for a counter-tampering charge the Jets made against the Patriots for comments that owner Robert Kraft made regarding Revis after he signed back with New York.
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|Report: Resolution of Jets, Darrelle Revis tampering situation could come before draft Thursday||at 11:08 am ET|
According to ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini, there could be a resolution to the Jets’ tampering with Darrelle Revis situation before the start of the draft Thursday.
The Patriots filed tampering charges against the Jets after owner Woody Johnson made comments about Revis while he was still under contract with the Patriots. Revis then went onto sign with the Jets on the first day of NFL free agency.
The Jets also filed tampering charges against the Patriots during the owners meetings when Robert Kraft spoke for the first time after Revis signed with the Jets.
It’s unclear what the potential penalty would be, and if draft picks were involved which year they would be taken away/switched.
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Now hearing there could be a resolution to the Jets/Patriots/Revis tampering situation before start of draft Thursday. #nyj
‘ Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) April 28, 2015