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Bill Belichick praises Darrelle Revis, Chris Ivory and Todd Bowles' Jets

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) during

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) during the second half of the Washington Redskins at the NY Jets on Sunday October 18, 2015. Credit: Lee S. Weissman / Lee S. Weissman

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.

"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."

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