|Darrelle Revis on Tom Brady addressing team: ‘Shows a lot of character in him’||01.23.15 at 1:26 pm ET|
Darrelle Revis, a leader in his own right on the defensive side of the ball, said it showed just what kind of a leader Brady is. Revis also said some of the players didn’t even know anything was going on until Brady addressed the team.
“He stood up and spoke and said I know this is a distraction and we have to keep focus as a team,” said Revis. “We have a big game to play and that is something he wouldn’t do. He 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.”
As for the team not letting it be a distraction, Revis said that won’t be a problem as the team has gone through a lot this season, especially early in the season after their 2-2 start people were doubting the team along with Brady and Bill Belichick.
“I think as a whole we’re fine,” Revis said. “We’ve handed a lot of things this year — adversity wise — and we just have to keep on pushing.”
Revis was asked about Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman and his feelings that, he [Sherman] is the best cornerback in the league. The Patriots corner didn’t seem to care and quickly moved on to the next question after saying, “That’s great.”
The Seattle offensive has a lot of different players the defense will need to keep an eye on. Running back Marshawn Lynch finished the season with 1,306 yards on 280 carries and 13 touchdowns. Quarterback Russell Wilson can not only throw the ball down field, but he’s a good runner as well. Wilson ran for 849 yards and six touchdowns this season.
“They are very physical,” said Revis. “Very talented. They play tough, they play hard. Even in the running game, you see Marshawn Lynch running the ball, 40, 50-yard gains and so our secondary knows it is going to be a fun game.”
Revis is 0-2 in his previous two games against the Seahawks.
|Report: Tampering charges filed against Jets over Darrelle Revis envy||01.18.15 at 1:01 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Public fawning over Darrelle Revis may cost the Jets.
According to a Sunday report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, tampering charges against Jets have been filed for comments team owner Woody Johnson made last month about Patriots shutdown Darrelle Revis.
At a press conference to explain the dismissal of head coach Rex Ryan and John Idzik, Johnson didn’t hide his adoration for the Patriots corner, “I’d love for Darrelle to come back.”
What’s the problem with that? Revis is actually under contract with Patriots for 2015, as he has an option for 2015 valued at $20 million. The Patriots are likely to decline that option, which would make him an unrestricted free agent. But then and only then, would the Jets legally be allowed to speak to and about him.
The NFL’s tampering policy reads, “Any public or private statement of interest, qualified or unqualified, in another club’s player to that player’s agent or representative, or to a member of the news media, is a violation of the Anti-Tampering Policy.”
Schefter, citing an NFL official, says the league is looking into the matter. The league is trying to determine whether there was a violation and if there was, how severe of a fine should be levied against Johnson and the Jets.
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|Steve Smith Sr. on going against Darrelle Revis: ‘It was a game like a chess match’||01.10.15 at 11:13 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Coming into the game it was expected the two potential Hall of Famers would go against one another, at least on a few plays.
Both players in their first years with their new teams — Darrelle Revis in New England, and Steve Smith Sr. in Baltimore — the two didn’t disappoint and went back-and-forth all night, with Smith seemingly getting the better of the matchup (at least early on, all his catches game in the first quarter), but ultimately it was the Patriots coming away with a 35-31 win over the Ravens in an AFC divisional round game at Gillette Stadium.
Smith, who was fighting back tears sitting at his locker postgame, had nothing but good things to say about Revis.
“Every team does not have a great corner like [Darrelle] Revis and it was a game like a chess match,” Smith said. “There were times we both did some savvy veteran moves against each other and it was a great battle. I respect the heck out of him and he played a great game. He is a good player.”
Smith finished with three catches for 44 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown came with 4:44 in the first quarter, and was against Revis, which gave the Ravens a 14-0 lead at the time. Smith also drew a pass interference penalty on Revis in the second half.
Even though the Ravens blew two, 14-point leads — 14-0 and 28-14 — Smith said the team doesn’t have anything to hang their heads about, as they left it all on the field.
“It was a great game and as a Baltimore Raven there is nothing to be disappointed about,” said Smith. “It was a lot of back-and-forth and there were some stalls on offense on both sides. Each team’s offense and defense made mistakes, but it was a good game. In the end, we just didn’t have enough points.”
The Patriots advanced to their fourth consecutive AFC championship game, becoming the fourth team in NFL history to advance to at least four straight championship games.
“I am not disappointed by any means and it was a hard fought game,” Smith said. “I give hats off to the New England Patriots. We battled our tails off and it was a fun game.”
|Darrelle Revis: Steve Smith ‘got erased’ down the stretch||at 10:04 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Following Saturday’s 35-31 win over the Ravens, Darrelle Revis acknowledged the work of Baltimore wide receiver Steve Smith, but added that while Smith got his catches and a touchdown catch in the first half, Smith “got erased” down the stretch.
Smith and Revis hooked up on several occasions throughout the contest, and the veteran pass catcher had three catches for 44 yards and a touchdown. The score came in the first quarter on a 9-yard pass from quarterback Joe Flacco. But Smith was held without a catch in the second half, as the New England defense shut him out in the third and fourth quarter.
“He was very tough. He’s always tough,” Revis said of Smith. “I’m sure he has the will to want to win, but it was great. He caught a touchdown earlier in the game, and after that, he got erased.”
Revis also took issue with a pair of penalties against him. First, there was a defensive pass interference call just before the end of the first half, a penalty that helped pave the way for a late second-quarter touchdown by the Ravens.
“I don’t agree with that call,” he said. “I definitely don’t, because I played the ball right. Refs make the call, and that’s it. But I definitely don’t agree with the call.”
Then, there was a holding penalty in the third quarter that helped the Ravens move the chains and set up a second-half field goal that gave Baltimore a 31-28 lead.
“It’s a tough game. There were a lot of penalties — a lot of scrapping out there,” he said. “Pushing, tugging. Back and forth. Receivers push off and that’s what it is. You push off, I’m going to pull. That’s what it is. He pushed off, I pulled, so they called me. That’s that.”
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|Rodney Harrison on D&C: ‘There’s ways of frustrating Tom [Brady], but you have to get to him, and that’s difficult to do’||01.09.15 at 10:09 am ET|
NBC Sports NFL analyst Rodney Harrison made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to discuss Saturday’s AFC divisional playoff game between the Patriots and the Ravens. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
The weather — bitter cold and potential snow — has been a topic of conversation, as it always is with Foxboro playoff games, and according to Harrison the Pats certainly have the advantage when it comes to climate. However, there are other things that come into play in a game like this one as well.
“It’s one of those things where it’s playoff football, man, and people get nervous,” he said. “You have to deal with nerves, you have to deal with can guys play in front of the big lights. You’re playing in front of basically the world, and the difference between regular-season football and playoff football, regular season you know you’ve always got tomorrow or next week. Playoff football there’s no tomorrow and everyone’s scrutinizing every move that you make, so if you make a mistake it’s really enhanced in front of the world.”
It’s the Ravens defense that Harrison says will give the Patriots grief on Saturday, mostly because defensive coordinator Dean Pees is so familiar with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in addition to the fact that Baltimore has one of the best front sevens in the NFL.
Harrison also noted that getting pressure on Brady is one of the best ways for Baltimore to try to beat this Patriots team, saying that he’s been “rattled” in the past and “looks like a different quarterback at times … just like the rest of the great ones.” It doesn’t have much to do with his age, though.
“He’s actually moving really well in the pocket, and that’s the thing that’s really been surprising to me is how well, in his old age, he’s been able to move inside and outside that pocket,” Harrison said. “But Haloti Ngata, and he showed against Ben Roethlisberger last week, that force up the middle, getting Tom and getting the quarterbacks off that spot, and I think that’s so important.”
Another way the Ravens can be victorious, according to Harrison, is to realize that the secondary isn’t facing the most notable wide receivers in the league.
“This is a team, a veteran team that can almost trick those guys in the secondary to believing that hey, you’re not going against Demaryius Thomas, you’re not going against Emmanuel Sanders, great wide receivers in essence in terms of names,” he said. “These are guys that are kind of journeymen, Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell, that we can match up with these guys, and if we can stop Rob Gronkowski, we can have a great chance defensively of having success.”
|Steve Smith Sr. on MFB: ‘So proud’ of former teammate, ‘brother’ Brandon LaFell||01.08.15 at 12:39 pm ET|
Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. joined Middays with MFB on Thursday to discuss the upcoming game with the Patriots, his past time with the Panthers and his relationship with Brandon LaFel. He also talked about how he almost joined the Patriots this past offseason. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
Smith was teammates with LaFell in Carolina for three years before both players departed after last season with LaFell heading to New England and Smith to Baltimore. He says the two still keep in touch.
“Brandon LaFell was drafted in Carolina and I saw a young man and when I look at the film now — I still watch his film and I still give him little tips, text him — [New England] has a man, and I am so proud of him,” Smith said. “He walked in as a teammate and we both walked out as brothers.”
Smith was scheduled to have a meeting with the Patriots on a Monday, but met with the Ravens on the previous Friday and was signed before the Patriots even had the chance to meet with him. Smith said he and LaFell kept in touch through their whole free agent process.
The wideout explained the free agent process and how he ultimately ended up in Baltimore.
“Honestly, I had never really been a free agent so everything is new to me,” said Smith. “I was just trying to absorb everything in and also look at the situation and look at everything without being biased. If you’re going to sit here and ask me would I turn down an opportunity [with New England]? No, I didn’t turn down an opportunity, but I also knew once I got into an organization and started going through the process I liked it [in Baltimore].
“It’s not to say I wouldn’t have liked it in New England because I never got the opportunity because I chose to play here off my visit here. When I walked into Baltimore, I walked into Baltimore saying, ‘I am going to evaluate this place based on what I see and feel and not on where I may go, or may have an option to go to after this.’ That is kind of how I walked in there. Would I have loved to play with Tom Brady? Of course. Who doesn’t want to play with such a phenomenal quarterback? But at the same time, I also had a feeling with my gut and that is what I went to. I don’t have any regrets.”
|Steve Smith declares his respect for Darrelle Revis before expected showdown||01.07.15 at 7:10 pm ET|
BALTIMORE — Depending on what Steve Smith does this weekend, we may look back at him as last offseason’s great what-might-have-been.
It’s easy to forget that before signing with the Ravens, Smith drew the interest of the Patriots. But a scheduled visit to Foxboro never happened, because Smith never made it out of Baltimore.
He signed a three-year, $11 million deal, and on Saturday the 35-year-old projects to be a pivotal player in a playoff showdown against the Patriots. He’ll probably spend most of the game matched up with All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis.
“One, I think with the flights there was a little bad weather,” Smith said. “Two, this was my first time being a free agent. Everything was new to me. I really went in everywhere not thinking about what was lined up, but taking one trip at a time and going with my gut and experiencing being a free agent for the first time.”
His gut led him to Baltimore and he has no regrets. The longtime Carolina Panthers standout finished his 14th season with 79 catches for 1,065 yards and six touchdowns. He emerged as Joe Flacco‘s favorite target and picked up the slack for the slow-starting Torrey Smith.
He’ll face his greatest challenge of the year in Revis, the league’s best shutdown corner. Smith scoffed when asked, “Is Revis is still Revis?”
“Is Revis still Revis?” he repeated incredulously. “I think his ID and social security number say he’s still Revis. He’s a great corner. I don’t think you get a one-year deal for $10 million for being a slouch. Revis can play. He’s a great corner. He’s a corner you’ve got to prepare for and watch film. You can’t just walk in thinking, ‘Oh.”’
Informed that Revis had referred to him earlier Wednesday as “electrifying,” Smith jokingly patted himself on the back and exclaimed, “Thanks, Revis!” Then he got serious.
“I think that’s a great compliment,” he said. “I’ll take that. I respect the heck out of him. I don’t anticipate any nonsense and he doesn’t anticipate any with me. It will be a great veteran game. On the run plays, I’ll look out of for him, he’ll look out for me.”