It's pretty obvious that Darrelle Revis is not the same player that he once was. That's how football works, that's how age and time works, but that doesn't mean Revis is washed. He may no longer be the shutdown cover corner that could eliminate a Calvin Johnson or a Reggie Wayne, but no such corners exist in the NFL anymore and Rex Ryan summed up the answer to the 'has Revis' play slipped' question perfectly.
"I keep getting that thing," Ryan said dismissively. "And I'm like, 'Well, okay, if he has, we know he's coming from the mountaintop.' So I don't know how far down he has slipped, in my opinion, I think he's a hell of a football player still. If he's coming down, he's coming down from the very very top."
It's obvious Revis is descending from said mountaintop, this shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. It was obvious last year and hell it was obvious before he signed with the Jets again, but that doesn't mean he's not still among the best corners in the game. It just means you can't expect him to completely erase the best receivers in the game anymore.
A.J. Green certainly got the better of Revis last week, but the 54-yard touchdown pass came on a miscommunication where Revis thought he had help over the top, the other downfield shot Revis had great coverage Green just happened to make a spectacular catch on a perfectly placed ball and the vast majority of the other catches came on short passing plays where Revis gave Green a soft cushion. That last part is key though, because that's exactly how the Bills attacked Revis last year to knock the Jets out of the playoffs.
Still Revis remains confident, he expects to bounce back and move on. He's a cornerback, cornerbacks get beat and just have to shake it off. That's the mentality they have to have and just because Revis hasn't had to shake off getting beat as much as other cornerbacks throughout history doesn't mean he's not equipped to do so. It's hard-wired in the DNA of all cornerbacks and Revis is looking forward to the opportunity to prove that, while he's not at the mountaintop like he was in 2009, he can still be as good as most, if not all, cornerbacks in the league.null