Outside of the domestic violence, drug usage, suspensions, and all things that shine a negative light on the NFL, the biggest news this summer in regards to personnel movement was Darrelle Revis signing with the New England Patriots, spurning his the New York Jets–his old team–in the process.
Matched up with the consensus best coach in the NFL in Bill Belichick, this pairing looks to be a match made in heaven, and things look to be off to a good starts as Bill is impressed with what Revis has brought to the table so far.
“Revis has been fine. He’s worked hard; smart guy. I’ve been impressed with him,” Belichick offered. “Very professional. Has a good understanding of the game, he’s a smart player and he’s had a real good focus and instinct. He’s a smart player scheme-wise but he knows how to play. He’s a very instinctive player.”
This isn’t a surprising endorsement. Outside of the holdouts, Darrelle Revis has been praised for his work ethic and attentiveness to the game. He was the league’s top receiver prior to the ACL injury suffered in 2012. Even following the injury, Revis did his best to return to his previous form in Tampa Bay.
With a years time of recovery, the entire world will have their eyes on what Revis in New England. He’s in a better system that compliments his talents, at least in comparison to the scheme used in Tampa last year, and has found himself on a Super Bowl contender–a first time in his career.
If Belichick’s words mean anything to you and he is truly impressed with Revis so far, the former best cornerback in the NFL could be back to take his spot from the current consensus pick in Seattle’s Richard Sherman.