PHOENIX - Todd Bowles has the rare distinction of coaching two of the greatest cornerbacks in today's NFL - Patrick Peterson in his two seasons as the Cardinals' defensive coordinator and now Darrelle Revis as head coach of the Jets.
How does he compare the two?
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"I know Patrick's faster," Bowles said. "I know Revis is outstanding at the things he does on film. I'll be interested to get him in person."
Bowles added that Revis "is a lot like Peterson. He can do so many things. Just the threat of having him over there helps out your game plan. It's good to have a good football player over there."
Bowles said he'll use Revis in a number of different ways - some games using him to cover one specific receiver and others using him to cover a variety of targets.
Any concerns from Bowles about the fact that Revis turns 30 this year?
"No, I have no concerns for that," he said.
Pats still No. 1
The Jets, Bills and Dolphins have all made some bold moves in free agency and through trades, but Bowles isn't quite sure any of the teams have narrowed the gap with the guys at the top in the AFC East.
"You hope it's wide open, but you have the Super Bowl champs in your division, so the whole league is trying to knock them off," Bowles said of the Patriots. "It's exciting to the fact that you have a guy in [Mike] Tannenbaum, who was from New York and went to Miami, and Rex was in New York and went to Buffalo and Pepper Johnson was in New York and Buffalo and came to [the Jets]a nd I was in Miami before. So there's a lot of mixing and matching and trying to see who comes out on top. But the Patriots are the Super Bowl champs, so everybody else will have to get in line behind them until somebody can beat them."
Eight not enough
Bowles won't call the Jets a win-now team, but he won't be satisfied if the Jets simply improve on last year's 4-12 record.
"As a coach, you get into this game to win a Super Bowl," he said. "There's a process. I don't ever go into a season trying to go 8-8. That's not a good season for me -- 8-8's not a good season for me, I'm sorry. The object is to win games while you're trying to get good, while you're trying to discover who you are, while you're missing some pieces. The league isn't going to wait for you, so you have to win with the pieces you have until you get the pieces you want. That's for every team in the league."
The ultimate goal?
"To say we want to go 8-8 or 6-10 and win one more game than we did last year is a loser's mentality," he said. "That's not my job. My job is to win and try to get a Super Bowl back to the city. That's what we shoot for every year, regardless if you have the skill or talent to do that or not. You have to make that work. As a coach, the aspirations of every coach - and I hope every player - is to win a Super Bowl. You work towards doing that. If that gets done in year 1 or not remains to be seen. But the steps that we're taking towards getting there are all positive."