FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The usually tight-lipped Bill Belichick had plenty of praise for his former cornerback Darrelle Revis.
During a conference call Wednesday morning with Jets beat writers, Belichick was asked what he took away from coaching Revis in 2014 -- a season that ended with New England winning the Super Bowl.
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"Really good player, very smart, instinctive," he said of Revis, who returned to the Jets a month after helping the Patriots defeat the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. "When you don't coach a guy, you don't just have that day-to-day relationship with him. You just see him the times you compete against him.
"He was a pleasure to coach and really has a great understanding, instinctiveness to the game, studies his opponents well, always well prepared, very professional. Obviously, he's a great player."
Belichick also noted that Revis "absolutely" had an influence on the rest of the secondary while he was in New England.
"I think everybody has a lot of respect for the way he goes about his job, the way he prepares, the way he plays, and he's a great person for any player, but particularly at that position, to try to emulate and pattern themselves after - absolutely," he said.
Belichick also complimented Todd Bowles' Jets, who he and the Patriots (5-0) will face Sunday in Foxborough.
"I think the Jets look good in everything they're doing. They've been very impressive," Belichick said of the Jets (4-1), who had the top-ranked defense in the NFL and the top-rushing attack behind Chris Ivory. "They run the ball well. They throw the ball well. The quarterback [Ryan Fitzpatrick] has made a lot of plays. Playing good defense, turning it over, stopping the run - they're right at the top of the league in almost every category defensively and a lot of categories on the offensive side of the ball.
"Coach Bowles has them playing very well with a lot of confidence, great execution. They've looked really good."
Asked specifically about Ivory, Belichick said: "We know Chris is a great back. He's got good vision, good power, good speed, and he catches the ball well, so he can really do it all - tough guy to stop."