Rex Ryan plans to have Jets offense avoid Darrelle Revis
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The "Revis Rules" will be in play on Sunday. This time, for the Jets.
Rex Ryan made it clear Thursday that he won't test his former All-Pro cornerback, Darrelle Revis, when the Jets face the Buccaneers in their regular-season opener at MetLife Stadium.
Even with a surgically repaired left knee, Revis still is a threat, Ryan said. And the Jets are in no hurry to test the cornerback, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last year against the Dolphins.
Ryan simply laughed and shook his head when asked about purposely attacking the three-time All-Pro.
"No," he said. "We know him well. That might be some teams, but I don't think that's going to be our philosophy.
"I can't even lie and say, 'Oh, yeah, no, absolutely we're attacking him.' I don't see that happening. We know what kind of talent he is. All Jets fans know what kind of talent he has. If I had my way, he would rest one more week. I think that would be the best thing to me."
Unfortunately for the Jets, Revis fully participated in practice this week and is sure to be on the field Sunday afternoon.
New Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg echoed Ryan's effusive praise of Revis, calling him "one of the great players to play the game at that position." But Mornhinweg would only say "we'll see" when asked if he'll adhere to the tried-and-true "Revis Rules."
It remains to be seen if the talk of avoiding Revis Island altogether is simply gamesmanship or smart game-planning on the part of the Jets, who will have rookie Geno Smith starting at quarterback in his first NFL regular-season game. But not everyone wants to take it easy on Revis.
Second-year wideout Stephen Hill said he "[couldn't] care less" if Revis is 100 percent on game day. "If he's going to be out there, we're going to go 100 percent. So I hope he does also," he said.
Hill said going against "the best corner in the NFL" in practice last year helped his development. And he has no problem facing Revis if it comes to that.
"I wouldn't mind going after him. Why not?" Hill said. "But [Ryan is] the head man, so if that's what he wants, we're going to do what he wants. But I wouldn't mind. I'm not going to back down from competition."
Revis, meanwhile, told Tampa Bay reporters that he's been sharing "a bunch of tips" with his teammates about the Jets. But his former defensive coordinator, Dennis Thurman, isn't worried.
"It doesn't matter because he's not on the other side playing offense," Thurman said. "He has to play defense."