Today at Radio Row at the Super Bowl media center in Dallas, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis stopped by and chatted with various news outlets about the big game on Sunday and this upcoming offseason. With labor talks the hot topic of conversation, Revis told media members about his plan over the next few weeks as the NFL and NFLPA attempt to come to an accord on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
“I’m just going to sit back and wait,” Revis said. “I just think that’s the only thing you can do, get information from the agents and the team and just go from there.”
While the three-time Pro Bowler signed his latest contract last summer, many of his teammates can become free agents. Wide receivers Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes come to mind, but in Revis’ eyes it’s his partner on the other side of the defense who is also an important piece of the puzzle. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie had three interceptions and led the Green & White in passes defensed this season.
“It would be very important,” Revis said of having “Cro” back. “We need him. He’s made a lot of plays for us. But we’ll see. I don’t know the situation. I know he’s free but I hope we re-sign him because he’s a great corner.”
Cromartie and Revis helped contain both the Packers and Steelers’ potent offenses this season, but Revis knows just how dangerous both Super Bowl teams’ quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger, can be, both in the pocket and when they scramble and make plays with their feet.
“Aaron can scramble as well,” Revis said, “but he’s a very smart quarterback and he picks and chooses to throw it deep or throw it short. I just think to defend Rodgers you have to put pressure on him. But Ben Roethlisberger and their offense, I think they have the edge because they extend plays and they have routes off of their regular routes when he scrambles and that can mess a secondary up if you don’t latch onto the guy for the whole down.”
With the fast track at Cowboys Stadium, Super Bowl viewers may be in for a game that sees a lot of deep passes and Houdini-like escapes by both Rodgers and Roethlisberger. The Green & White have a quarterback of their own in Mark Sanchez who is adept at moving his feet in order to make a big play, and Revis noted that any quarterback that can escape pressure can be effective.
“I think if any quarterback scrambles it’s rough on the secondary,” Revis said. “If there’s really no pressure on him and he looks downfield, he can hurt you. I mean, guys break their routes off, especially the Steelers, they break their routes off. Some guys might be doing an out route and do an out-and-up when they see him scrambling. So they have rules in their offense. I think any quarterback is dangerous when they scramble.”
During the regular season, the Jets and Revis lost at home to Green Bay but beat Pittsburgh on the road, then fell to the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game. That last game clearly impacted No. 24’s pick to win Super Bowl XLV.
“I think I’m going with the Steelers just because they have the experience,” Revis said. “They’ve been there, done that. They’ve won two and the whole team has experience in being in the Super Bowl. I just think overall the experience of their team, you can see it. They go to the playoffs every year, they’re always close to the AFC Championship Game or going to the Super Bowl.”
Sanchez Says No Shoulder Surgery
QB Mark Sanchez is also at the Super Bowl venue now and he told some Jets beat writers this evening that he won’t require surgery on his right shoulder. Sanchez is expected to have a busy Friday on Radio Row and we’ll report on what he tells the nation’s sports talkers, starting with ESPN’s Mike & Mike in the Morning.
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