Back in March, Revis was very amenable to the idea of staying in Foxborough. “Darrelle loved playing for (Bill) Belichick,” said one source with knowledge of Revis’ mindset. He liked, in particular, the way the Patriots coach challenged him intellectually, and saw the business-like culture was a fit for him. On the other hand, Revis felt connected to the Jets, since the organization had made such a huge investment in him personally over the years (starting with the draft-day trade-up), provided him with a chance to become a Namath-like figure in its lore, and sits in the shadow of New York City, a place he truly loves. In the end, if the money was close between the Jets and 30 other clubs, it was always going to be the Jets. If the cash was close between the Patriots and 30 other clubs, he’d have picked the Patriots. If the Pats and Jets were close? Anyone’s guess. But it wasn’t close.
Don’t love how Revis showed no support for Brady during Deflaaabaa, but it was fun getting to watch him as a Patriot for a year. And again, I’ll take Malcolm Butler at 1/32nd the cost.
He makes it tough. His instincts are incredible out there. He’s one of those guys that sees everything on the field. He sees the formations and routes and splits. Anything pre-snap that can help him get an idea of whether the ball coming his way or if it’s going the other way or if it’s a run or pass or deep throw or short throw. He’s a very dependable, consistent player. He’s been an incredible playmaker since he’s been in the league. He covers the top guys every week so I got a first-hand look at that last year every day in practice. It was great to have him a part [of team] here but he moved on so now he’s our competition again.
Next week will be quite the Patriots week. America’s Game 2014 Patriots, Do Your Job special and then the start to the season. Three straight nights of Patriots power!!