The rest of the football world seems ready to write off Darrelle Revis for good, but Jets coach Todd Bowles remains unfazed by his cornerback’s struggles.
“He gave up two plays,” Bowles said Friday on a conference call. “I don’t think that’s an indication of the whole season. He gave up two plays and he knows he doesn’t want to give them up, we know we don’t want him to give them up. We’ve got to correct it and move on, and he’ll be better.”
Twice in five days, Revis was torched by a speedy receiver. And it’s unclear when — or if — the problem will be resolved.
First it was Bengals deep threat A.J. Green, who hauled in a 54-yard touchdown pass against Revis in the Jets’ Week 1 loss. Revis said it was “busted coverage” and that he got no help on the play.
But against the Bills on Thursday night, the seven-time Pro Bowler had nobody to blame but himself. Track star-turned-receiver Marquise Goodwin blew past Revis in the opening minutes for an 84-yard touchdown. The Jets won, 37-31, but that play raised even more questions about Revis’ reliability.
In less than a week, he’s given up two touchdown passes that traveled at least 50 yards in the air — equaling the Jets’ total from the previous 10 seasons, according to ESPN Stats and Information.
In two games this season, the Jets have allowed 673 passing yards (336.5 average). They allowed an average of 252.6 yards in 2015.
But when asked if there’s a common denominator in their secondary issues, Bowles said: “No, not real ly. It’s one guy here or there, but we’ve got to clean that up. The communication’s got to be clearer. It’s day one training camp stuff and we’ve got to make sure we correct that.”
Unlike Week 1, when Revis was lined up primarily on Green, the Jets put him on Goodwin and double-teamed star wideout Sam my Watkins. Revis was unaware of Goodwin’s Olympic background but knew about his exceptional speed. “Good throw, good catch,” he said of Goodwin’s touchdown. “He’s fast. He’s definitely fast.”
Until the Jets shore up their secondary, opponents no doubt will continue to attack through the air.
“It’s a copycat league,” Bowles said. “Any time somebody sees someone have success at something, they’re going to until you put the fire out.”
Receiver Brandon Marshall is “fine” and has only a “sore knee,” Bowles said. He suffered what appeared to be a serious injury when his left leg bent awkwardly on a horse-collar tackle in the second quarter. But he returned to the game and finished with six catches for 101 yards . . . Left guard James Carpenter (calf) and linebacker Erin Henderson (foot) left the game and did not return. They were scheduled to get MRIs. “It’s not alarming yet,” Bowles said. “I’m going to wait and see until the tests come back and go from there. Any time somebody doesn’t return to the game, you’ve got to be concerned.”
Bowles: My bad
Bowles admitted that he should have attempted a two-point conversion after Matt Forte’s 12-yard touchdown gave the Jets a 36-24 lead with 4:02 left. “I should have,” he said. “I was occupied doing something with the defense when I turned around and looked at it. That was my bust and I’ll get better.”