Rex Ryan is accustomed to fielding questions about Darrelle Revis, but when Jags WR Jason Hill — a guy with 55 career catches — called the All-Pro corner part of an “overhyped” defense, the coach was quick to shut it down.
“Who are we kidding?” Ryan told reporters Friday. “He’s best in the league. It’s not even close. Hill, (Kassim) Osgood, they’ll all find out … just like they do every week.”
The kicker here is that Hill — after spouting off — has been ruled doubtful for Sunday’s Jets tilt with a hip injury.
That embarrassment aside, Hill’s comments from Wednesday can be recast as a rip on Revis, but through a different lens, he’s weighing New York’s media circus against Jacksonville’s less-visible hub.
“This is a league full of great players,” Hill told The Florida Times-Union. “I think sometimes (the Jets) get overhyped. I talked to Drew (Coleman). Drew played there. He says it’s just the aura of New York. They got a big media. That’s not the Jacksonville paper, that’s the big New York Times paper, so they get more pub. That’s what it is.”
Hill went on: “He been playing the game, Revis, just as long as I’ve been playing. This is a game full of good players making plays. He just made a lot more plays on TV than we’ve made being here in Jacksonville. He’s a good player. We respect him. Hopefully he respects us because we’re going to bring it just like they’re going to bring it.”
So how concerned is Revis about all this pregame white noise? Not very.
“I don’t even know who that dude is,” he told The Star-Ledger. “What’s his name again? I have no clue. … Whatever his opinion is of us, we’ll find out on Sunday.”
— Marc Sessler