New York Jets shutdown corner Darrelle Revis has suffered a torn ACL and will be out for the season, and Rex Ryan was the one who confirmed that he has indeed suffered an ACL tear. This is a debilitating blow for the Jets, and it is difficult to not feel bad for Jets fans.
Revis is central to everything the Jets do on defense, because he covers up the deficiencies that the other players on the team have. Safeties Yeremiah Bell and LaRon Landry are not coverage safeties, especially Bell who is primarily a run-stopping safety. Both players are known for their abilities to blitz the quarterback, but they won’t be able to take advantage of their strengths nearly as often without Revis back there.
As we saw against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Jets defensive backfield is severely depleted without Revis, and they even turned to running back Joe McKnight as an emergency CB. Kyle Wilson had to move over from the nickel to the outside, and entire complexion of the Jets defense changes schematically. The Jets could not stop Mike Wallace or Antonio Brown, and the loss of Revis means that Antonio Cromartie is their only truly good corner. And here’s the thing, Cromartie is more of a playmaking corner than a shutdown corner.
In short, the Jets got a whole lot worse with the loss of Revis, and it’s going to be interesting to see what the Jets do differently to cope without him for the remainder of the year. It’s definitely going to be tough, and the Jets showed that there wasn’t a true plan B in place when he went down before the game against the Steelers. It’s tough to blame them for that, though, because of the difficulty of replacing that type of player.
Some great news coming out of the Jets recent opponent, the Miami Dolphins, and that is that running back Reggie Bush has avoided structural damage on his left knee and could still play in next week’s game against the 3-0 (weird, huh?) Arizona Cardinals.
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