Our congratulations to Darrelle Revis, who checked in at No. 5 in the NFL according to a vote of the league’s players as compiled by NFL Network in its “The Top 100: Players of 2012″ series that concluded with the top 10 Wednesday night.
It wasn’t hard to figure out that Revis would be checking in high this year, after he placed eighth overall in last year’s tabulation. He was the top cornerback last year (Charles Woodson was 16th) and was tops again this year (Woodson was 36th).
More important to me than the specific ranking is that Revis has been recognized by his peers, some of home talked about him on the show behind some of his highlights from the 2011 season.
Bills WR Stevie Johnson: “This is the NFL. This is pretty much the elite guys in the world of football. And you have a guy like Revis who’s playing man-to-man against the top guys. I mean, he’s on Andre Johnson, he’s on Fitzgerald, Welker, Brandon Marshall. All those guys you name, he’s guarding man-to-man the entire game.”
Patriots WR Wes Welker: “He’s a lot stronger than what people think. He’ll put you on the ground pretty quick. He’s kind of like the schoolyard bully at times.”
Jets WR Santonio Holmes: “Every team has the right to go at him, but he’s proven why it’s called Revis Island.”
New Sunday Kickoff Time
The NFL has announced today that it is tweaking its Sunday kickoff times, specifically for the Sunday late afternoon doubleheader games on CBS and FOX.
Those doubleheader games have kicked off at roughly 4:15 p.m. ET since that wrinkle was started in 1998. Beginning this year, those late games will now kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET. The 4:05 kickoff times for games not on the doubleheader network will remain unchanged.
The league explains that the new kickoff time will reduce instances when fans miss the end of a 1 p.m. game telecast because they must receive the opening kickoff of their home team’s late-afternoon game. Additionally, fans not in the cities of the late doubleheader opponents will be less likely to miss the beginning of the late doubleheader game.
The NFL analyzed games from 2009-11 and discovered that 44 games required part of the audience to be switched to a mandatory doubleheader game kickoff. With a 4:25 kickoff, that number would have been reduced by 66 percent to only 15 games.
The Jets’ initial schedule for 2012 shows that they will be affected at least twice by the time change. Their Sept. 16 game at Pittsburgh was originally scheduled for 4:15, as was their Oct. 21 game at New England. Further, four of the Jets’ last five regular-season games are subject to NFL flex scheduling and so those games could also wind up getting the 4:25 nod.
The Jets’ Pittsburgh and New England road games are two of the about 40 games over the full season that will be impacted by the 10-minute kickoff time shift.
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