First up on Revis Island 2012 edition is Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson, Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
In two games last season, Johnson averaged 79.5 yards against the New York Jets’ four-time Pro Bowl cornerback. But against Darrelle Revis, 80 yards sometimes feels like 200.
“Stevie Johnson’s a good receiver and he’s caught some balls, but I wouldn’t say he’s got Darrelle Revis’ number,” New York Jets coach Rex Ryan told the New York Daily News. “He goes up against all types: Big, strong, fast, shifty. He goes against them all. And I’ve never walked out of a game saying, ‘This player got the best of Darrelle Revis.’ Never. Never felt that way. Do you realize how special this guy is? It is amazing what we ask him to do.”
“You’d almost sign up for that now,” Ryan added “That’s their No. 1 receiver. If they’re going to spend a ton of their time throwing (at Johnson), we’d probably say, ‘If you’re going to catch 7 balls for 70 yards, go for it. That’s fine.’ That doesn’t usually beat you.”
Revis’ ability to lock down opposing wide receivers prompted “NFL AM” analyst Eric Davis to label him the most dominant player in the NFL.
Discussing players who dominate the game, you might throw out the usual Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees quarterbacking trio for their influence on a game. Maybe you’d add New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul for his ability to dictate an offense’s flow.
“The fact of the matter is, can you count on those guys not having a bad game?” Davis asked on Monday’s “NFL AM.” “Brady will still throw his interceptions, even if it’s tipped balls or whatever. JPP might get shut out because you can triple-team and do all these things. Revis week in, week out, regardless of who you put him on they get zeroed out, period. There is no other player that you can say, that you can count on him 16 weeks shutting out the opponent.”
To be clear, Davis was referring to how dominant Revis is at his job, not discussing the importance of a quarterback over a cornerback. But whenever we discuss a subjective topic like a player’s dominance there is always another stance to dissect.
“Speaking to a lot of offensive players and offensive coaches, they would much rather play 10-on-10 — Darrelle Revis taking out their top wide receiver — than have to deal with a dominant front-seven defender,” said “NFL AM” insider Steve Wyche. “(Jason Pierre-Paul) is a game-altering defensive lineman that they can move to any spot on the defensive line — they can flip him, roll him inside. He is arguably the most dominant player. An offensive coach will tell you: ‘Revis, let him take our other guy out, we’ll take our 10 against their 10 and feel pretty good about it.’”