Darrelle Revis has just three words for Vontae Davis.
Check. The. Film.
The Jets cornerback was one of several players on hand at Bryant Park Friday afternoon for the Jets and Giants’ MetLife fan event in Manhattan. After the opening ceremonies – and the unveiling of the “Snoopy Trophy” – I asked Revis if he’d heard Vontae Davis’ recent remarks about he and Sean Smith being the best cornerback tandem in the league.
Revis patted me on the shoulder a few times and laughed.
“He’s gotta play a couple more years before he be saying all of that," he said. "He’s gotta play a couple more years.”
Davis, a third-year cornerback for the Miami Dolphins, had this to say on Wednesday: “I’m going to go out on a limb and say we’re the best tandem in the league,” he said.
When asked if he included Revis and Antonio Cromartie in the category, Davis stood firm.
“You name them all and I’m putting it out there,” he said.
For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Davis’ storied career, here are his stats from the past two seasons:
2009 – Interceptions: 4; Combined Tackles: 51
2010 – Interceptions: 1; Combined Tackles: 54
Smith, you ask?
2009 – Interceptions: 0; Combined Tackles: 39
2010 – Interceptions: 1; Combined Tackles: 51
Well, Revis – a good friend of Davis’ -- took the verbal jab in stride.
“I mean, they’re a good tandem. But they’ve got a lot of work to do,” the Jets corner said. “I know Sean and I know Vontae very well and I talked to them during the lockout down in Florida and I kinda encouraged them, pushed both of them to become that tandem and be the best they could be. So I know Vontae. I had that talk with him and Sean and it looks like they’re motivated to go out and do it.
“Yes I am responsible for it,” he joked, referring to Davis’ outlandish comment. “But it’s all in good intentions. You want to see guys playing great football. And they’ve got to push themselves.”
Revis, arguably the best cornerback in the league next to Nnamdi Asomugha, said he isn’t bothered by the lack of respect some NFL players still show him and Cromartie.
“No, it really don’t matter because the film don’t lie,” he said with a laugh. “The film don’t lie. You can say what you want to say. You can say the sky’s red. But it ain’t red. That’s just what it is. We know how we play and we know what we do on the field.”