How The Revis Trade Affects The Patriots
Dec 10, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) smiles during a warm up before the start of a game between the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports
Less than an hour ago, it was reported by Adam Schefter that Darelle Revis was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 13th overall pick in Thursday night’s draft and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2014 that could become a third-round pick. The Jets may have lost their best player on their team but they will indeed have two picks in the top 15. This is something, I’m sure John Idzik will like even though it all came at the cost of a very good player.
Here are some quick thoughts of mine on how this will affect the New England Patriots;
1. Revis is arguably the best defensive player in football, regardless of whether you like him or not as the same can be said about Richard Sherman, who nobody likes around here. He basically has every trait desired in a prototypical corner-back and he has the ability to dramatically influence a game week-in and week-out when he is healthy. He can take away an opponent’s top receiver, which in turn improves the defense’s pass rush as well. All of those reason are going to hurt the Jets more than they actually think.
2. As everyone already knows the fact that the Jets’ roster loses its best talent, this is a huge positive for the Patriots. Revis has performed at a very high level when he faced the Patriots. Very rarely a team has been able to slow down the Patriots dominant passing attack that is something that the Jets, did during the 2009 and 2010 seasons when the Jets reached the AFC Championship game. their defense showed itself capable on more than one occasion of slowing down the Patriots’ passing attack. Revis played had a very big impact in those games, and not having to face a player of his caliber twice a season is something Bill Belichick and Tom Brady probably have no problem with at all.
3. It was going to very hard to imagine a scenario in which the Jets would be somewhat competitive in 2013 with Revis on their roster, especially with their mediocre quarterbacks that they have. But over the years we definitely have seen some franchises have a big turnaround and an example of that would be the Seattle Seahawks. That is in fact where John Idzik was a year ago and helped build that franchise up in a very unfamiliar way. But one thing for sure is that they truly don’t have any players to build around with Revis gone. The positive for the Jets is that they will have an opportunity to build the roster back up with the compensation they are likely to receive, there’s little doubt that, right now, the team took a huge step back in talent.But that is welcomed news in Foxborough.