In case you missed it last week amongst all the talk coming out of Jets camp, Rex Ryan went out of his way to tout Darrelle Revis as the NFL’s best player. While nothing Ryan says should come as a surprise, Revis was appreciative, even though he called the thought “mind-boggling.”
Forget, for a moment, that Revis could be the league’s best player. Or the best defensive back (hello, Ed Reed?). Is he the best cornerback in the NFL?
An anonymous straw poll conducted last week among 11 NFL Network and NFL.com analysts concluded Revis is the best cornerback, but it wasn’t unanimous. Revis got six votes, followed by Nnamdi Asomugha (two), Charles Woodson (two) and Asante Samuel (one). Though some feel it shouldn’t even be that close.
“It’s not even a discussion,” one analyst said. “It’s Revis and then everyone else.”
Analyst Jim Mora, who earned his stripes as a defensive back coach, told NFL Network Revis is on the path to being one of the all-time greats.
“Revis has it all,” Mora said. “What I respect most about him is his ability to go get the football. There are a lot of guys who can put themselves in position to make a play on the football. When it’s the moment of truth … more often than not Revis makes the plays. He’s so sure of himself. He’s certainly on the path to being one of, if not the all-time great.”
Along with quarterback and running back, it’s one of the most debated discussions over the NFL’s best at a position. Who gets your vote as the NFL’s best cornerback?