It doesn’t seem that long ago that New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan was laughing and cutting up with defensive back Darrelle Revis on the HBO documentary series, Hard Knocks.
Now the Jets coach has a less flattering way of referring to his one time shut-down corner.
“Obviously I recognized the kind of player he was when we had him, but he’s the enemy now. That’s the way you look at it.” [source - nj.com]
After a one-year stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Revis (who refers to his space in the defensive secondary as “Revis Island”) found himself on his own island after the Bucs released him. Immediately the rumors of Revis returning to the Jets exploded, but instead it was the mortal enemy of the Jets, the New England Patriots, who signed the All-Pro corner.
Rex Ryan answered questions about Revis at the NFL owners meetings, and played it off in typical Rexasaurus fashion.
“I think he’s not going to look good in the uniform,” Ryan said Tuesday. “That’s kind of how I see it.”
Now Ryan will have to face his former player twice a season (as long as he remains with the Pats), but that didn’t seem to phase him either.
“Obviously, I recognize he’s a good player—great player,” Ryan said. “He was certainly when he played for us, so we’ll see how he does there.”
At least Ryan didn’t have a Revis tattoo that he had to alter.