Darrelle Revis: Team needs to shut up
WAYNE, N.J. -- The key to turning around the Jets' season is simple, Darrelle Revis said.
"Guys just need to shut up," the cornerback said with a laugh during an appearance for the release of his first signature training shoe -- the Nike Revis Zoome 1 -- at Willowbrook Mall Saturday morning.
Hundreds of fans lined up outside the first-floor Champs store to get a glimpse of Revis, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 3.
Revis fielded questions about his journey to NFL stardom, his new sneaker, his recovery from ACL surgery and, of course, the state of his 4-7 team.
The Jets are 2-6 since Revis' injury and are dangerously close to missing the playoffs for the second straight season.
"The situation we're in right now, it happens," Revis said of their overall record.
But he seemed more troubled by the reported rip jobs of backup quarterback Tim Tebow in an anonymously sourced tabloid report and other incidents of perceived misquoting by the media.
"Quit talking crazy to the media, especially involving your teammates," he said during the question-and-answer portion of the event. "I think that's the worst, because when you do that, that's when it really gets divided. Because you don't know if you can trust your other teammate."
Revis -- who last spoke to reporters on Oct. 15, the day before his ACL surgery -- said he ditched his crutches a few days ago and has been cleared to do weight-bearing lower-body exercises.
He walks with a limp, and he gingerly made his way through the large crowd to sign merchandise and work the register for the first sneaker sale.
An everyday fixture at the Jets' facility throughout his recovery process, Revis said he has continued to offer encouragement to his teammates.
"Just try to coach them as much as I can," he told Newsday and SNY after exiting the store through a back entrance. "Tell them to keep their heads up and just keep working on the task at hand. It's real upsetting how it is right now, being 4-7. Nobody's excited about that record because we feel that we're better. So if we can get this winning streak going, then it'll brighten our chances of getting into the playoffs."
That would require winning each of their final five games. So their only goal, Revis said, is "just win every game out and see what happens."