FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — While diagnosing the ailments of his beleaguered Jets, Darrelle Revis reiterated one simple message: There’s still time.
“We know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel for us as a team,” the cornerback told Newsday.
“We’re all sticking together,” he added. “Nobody’s pointing any fingers because we know what our goal is right now. We’re seeing the big picture. Even how bad it looks, it can turn around very quickly. And by looking ahead a little bit, by the [Week 11] bye week, we can be in a very good place.”
A host of errors — everything from interceptions to dropped passes to missed tackles and miscommunication — have diffused the high expectations coming off their 10-6 finish a year ago and left the Jets reeling at 1-4. Yet Revis is optimistic, and he and his teammates have remained a united front.
The one thing that could fracture their locker room — finger-pointing — is the one thing they are determined not to do. “That plays a big part in the chemistry and unity,” Revis said, adding that they became “closer” after the punching incident between Geno Smith and IK Enemkpali in August 2015. “I think guys are doing a great job of not doing that. Because that can be a big factor in a season.
“It is very hard to stay together in this market, in this industry. It is. Especially where we’re at in New York.”
Right now, all they’re focused on is getting that elusive second “W.”
“I think a win will cure a lot of things around here,” Revis said, smiling. “I think that’s what we’re looking for, that one win to actually spark us a little bit more and give us a little bit more confidence moving forward from that win.
“If we get that win come Monday night, it could spark a lot of positive things for this team.”
The Jets will face Arizona (2-3) on the road, and although their record isn’t impressive, the Cardinals are 8-3 in prime time under coach Bruce Arians.
The Jets have let slow starts and self-inflicted wounds snowball into a unmanageable situations and unwinnable games. But all they need is one win to become a winning streak.
“As a team, we didn’t expect to be where we’re at right now. But we put ourselves in this situation and we’ve got to dig ourselves out,” said Revis, who did individual drills Thursday and ran at top speed for the first time since suffering a mild strain in his left hamstring Oct. 2 against the Seahawks.
Each week, players harp on their lack of execution. But time and time again, players fail to carry out their assignments “on a down-to-down, series-to-series basis,” Revis said. “We play great ball from first quarter to third, and then in the fourth quarter, it kind of unravels for us. We understand that and we addressed that and Coach has been harping on that all this week. We’ve got to finish a game.”
So why haven’t they been able to do that in recent weeks?
“The elephant in the room is, the mistakes that we’re making, they’re costing us,” Revis said. “They’re becoming huge mistakes. They’re becoming so much more obvious now because they’re hurting us. It’s a touchdown or it’s a big play down the field. It’s to a point where we sometimes can’t recover. And that’s where we’ve got to close that hole or that void, and we’ve got to make sure that we do what we need to do.”