New York Jets cornerback Darelle Revis has had a very rough start to his season, but head coach Todd Bowles is sticking by his star defensive back.
Bowles said on Friday that Revis only “gave up two plays,” and that it wouldn’t “be an indication of the whole season,” according to ESPN. In a 37-31 win over the Buffalo Bills on Thursday Night Football, Revis gave up a huge 84-yard touchdown while covering receiver Marquise Goodwin.
The other of the “two plays” Bowles mentioned was a 54-yard touchdown by Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green in Week 1. Both passes went at least 50 yards in the air, with Revis simply being torched deep.
But the reality is that it was much more than two plays, as Revis was completely beaten by Green up and down the field in the season opener. Green was targeted 10 times while being covered by Revis, and he caught all 10 of them for 152 yards and a touchdown.
Following that game, Bowles said that nobody played well and refused to single Revis out.
Revis had every right to be pumped for Thursday’s game against the Bills, and there was nothing about his demeanor that suggested he should struggle so much. He said the Jets were looking forward to playing Rex Ryan and the Bills after last season left a “bad taste” in their mouths.
Widely considered the best cornerback in the league for several years, Revis signed a five-year, $70 million contract with the Jets last year. His cap hit this season is made up entirely of his $17 million base salary. The contract was a big deal at the time because Revis was entering his age 30 season. He is definitely showing signs of decline, even if Bowles is backing him at this stage.