Revis Island Has Been Visited Often This Season
Sunday in Denver, the New York Jets had a hard time with the Denver Broncos, but with a gritty performance from both, their offense and defense, the Jets squeaked out a victory and head into the bye week having won five straight games and in first place in the AFC East with a 5-1 record. The bye week could not come at a better time for the 5-1 Jets. Their superstar cornerback, Darrelle Revis, has been hobbled by a hamstring injury he sustained during week two against the Patriots, and their defense could use a breather as well.
Revis, who played the entire game in Denver, came out of the Broncos game without injuring his hamstring any further and that he plans to stay in Jersey during the bye week so that rehab his hamstring back to health before they take on Green Bay. Their defense has been able to shut down opposing offenses for the last four weeks but they had a tough time trying to defend the league’s worst rushing attack on Sunday. ‘Gang Green’ gave up one-hundred forty-five yards on the ground and it took a Renaldo Hill pass interference call on Santonio Holmes late in the game at the 1-yard line in order for them to take the lead for good. Otherwise the Jets would have left Invesco Field with a loss on Sunday. The average winning margin in the NFL is roughly a touchdown, and every team will encounter multiple close games throughout a sixteen-game season. The biggest difference between a championship-caliber team and a pretender is their ability to overcome adversity and somehow find a way to win the game at all costs. Now, Ne York has a week to think about a future they hope will end up at the Super Bowl in Dallas in February.
Darrelle Revis joined ESPN Radio New York to talk about how special it was to win on Sunday after looking like they were going to lose that game, whether he knew he was going to play in the game on Sunday during warm-ups, and his thoughts on his hamstring injury and whether it is a manifestation of holding out of training camp.
How special it was to win on Sunday after looking like they were going to lose that game:
“It’s real special for this team. We fight all the time in those key situations that is the heart of the team right there at how we overcame adversity in Denver and how we came out with a win.”
Whether he knew he was going to play in the game on Sunday during warm-ups:
“During warm-ups there was a lot of talk between me and Rex and Mike and the trainers and Sal, the strength and conditioning coach. It was up in the air then but as the warm-ups went on and they seen me run, then it went to me just playing 3rd downs and then at the start of the game I went up to Rex and said, ‘I’m ready to go. I’m ready to play’ and that was the decision.”
Why he wanted to play despite being at 90% health:
“I think that was the outcome after the game. Before the game I felt warm, I felt good when I was running. When I was warming up I didn’t feel any pulls or no tugs. So I felt excited and I felt I could play and I played in the game. Looking back at the film I gave up a couple of plays but I think I played OK just coming back and me just trying to get back into my groove just playing football.”
Whether it frustrates him that he isn’t at 100% and that he has been giving up touchdowns:
“It frustrates me that I am injured but it doesn’t frustrate me that I gave up touchdowns. I know that I am not at my top game right now but the one thing that I am doing is that I am playing it out for my teammates and I am just trying to be out there and help them try and get wins.”
Whether the altitude was a problem for him during the 2nd half:
“No, I didn’t have any problems in the 2nd half with the altitude. I think I prepared myself a lot for this game coming up in just staying hydrated.”
His thoughts on his hamstring injury and whether it is a manifestation of holding out of training camp:
“I hurt the hamstring in week 2 against the Patriots and I took a couple of weeks off still trying to get to 100% and I came back to the Minnesota game. I think that was a push-through game for me then in this game I felt good, I felt that I could go and I went and played. I haven’t been to training camp and I was working out, but training camp is totally different from working out by yourself because you don’t get the game speed and intensity of practice and in game speed. This hamstring is a part of not being in training camp.”