Could the Jets defense getting blitzed two years in a row in the game immediately following a season-ending injury to veteran safety Jim Leonhard be a coincidence?
Although the scenario seems eerily similar, it’s not necessarily a coincidence, according to Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.
The Jets gave up 45 points to Eagles last Sunday, which happened to be right after losing Leonhard for the season. The same thing happened last year. Leonhard suffered a season-ending leg injury and the Jets got blasted by the Patriots, 45-3.
“I think there’s something to that. But I think we definitely had some issues on the back end a year ago that were much more glaring. The injury happened late in the week,” said Pettine. “I think this was more on the team than the secondary.”
Revis is just “decent”?
That’s what Giants star received Hakeem Nicks told reporters when asked if he felt Darrelle Revis was the best cornerback in football.
“He’s a decent corner, he’s decent,” Nicks said at Giants practice on Tuesday. “There ain’t nothing to talk about. He’s a great player, I feel like I’m good. We’ll see how this goes.”
Pettine, like most coaches, seems to relish when opponents choose to test Revis.
“If that’s where they want to go with the football, I’d welcome it,” said Pettine.
To be fair, Nicks seemed to be trying to avoid making it a one-on-one thing earlier in the interview.
“I ain’t about to turn this into the Hakeem Nicks vs. Darrelle Revis Show,” Nicks said. . “This is the Giants vs. the Jets. We’re going to come out there and play Giants football and they’ll play Jets football and whatever happens happens.”