Darrelle Revis chuckled when Rex Ryan's subtle jab at Vontae Davis was relayed to him, laughing it off as just another one of Ryan's typical comedic one-liners.
Davis is the Dolphins cornerback who popped off at the mouth during the preseason, suggesting that Miami's cornerback tandem of himself and Sean Smith are better than the Jets' duo of Revis and Antonio Cromartie.
"I’m going to go out on a limb and say we’re the best [cornerback] tandem in the league," Davis said in August. "That’s what I’m going to say. You can name all of [the other tandems] across the league, I’ll put it out there: We’re the best tandem.”
So Ryan took a verbal jab at Davis today, calling him "Vontae Revis."
Revis, as you might imagine, hasn't forgotten what Davis said, and the Jets and Dolphins meet for the first time this season on Monday, with both teams desperate for a victory to stop their losing streaks. Jason Hill anyone?
"Receivers are taking shots at me and now DBs are taking shots at me," Revis said. "If that’s how Vontae feels, that’s how Vontae feels. I know Vontae personally, we know he talks out loud sometimes. So if that’s how he feels, that’s how he feels."
When asked if he thought Davis was maybe trying to pump himself up as some players do with hopes of elevating their level of play, Revis wasn't necessarily buying that rationale.
"I don’t know," Revis said. "The crazy thing is, me and Vontae play on defense. It’s not like I play wide receiver here. I don’t know. I don’t know if he’s competing against me or wide receivers. I hope he’s competing against wide receivers.
"But nah, everybody is entitled to their own opinion. It’s just if you believe it or not. Do you believe Vontae?"
That's when Revis quoted hip-hop icon Jay-Z.
"Jay-Z said it -- men lie, women lie, numbers don’t," Revis said. "So no. But he's entitled to his own opinion and I guess he feels very confident about it."
Cromartie, no stranger to saying a few controversial things himself, didn't seem overly bothered by Davis' words and didn't take exception to them.
"Nah, they’ve got two young, good corners," Cromartie said. "Those two guys, they can be elite corners. I think the biggest thing for them is going out and proving that, showing that they can be consistent day in day out."