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Revis may no longer be on an island

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Cornerback Darrelle Revis once told cornerback Richard Sherman to “quit attaching his career to my career.”  With Revis now in New England, however, a strong link between the two players has emerged.

Sherman, unlike other top corners, doesn’t follow the opponent’s best receiver wherever he goes.  Instead, Sherman goes to the left side of the defensive formation and covers whoever lines up across from him.  As explained by Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, Revis may now be doing the same thing in New England.

Via Volin, Revis has lined up strictly on the left side of the formation during training camp, with Brandon Browner solely on the right.  And that could be the way it goes this year for the Pats, especially after Browner returns from an upcoming four-game suspension.

“I’m predominantly a right corner. That’s all I played in Seattle, the right side,” Browner said recently.  “The system here is pretty much the same thing I was doing in Seattle.  It’s just the terminology [that’s different].”’

Revis seems to be willing to accept the shift in his job duties. Or so he says publicly.

“Whatever role coach wants me to play, I’m ready to play,” Revis said. “It’s still early, it’s camp, you never know.  But as of right now we’ve got to do our jobs, whether it’s left or right, special teams, I don’t know.  But right now we’re just trying to get reps.”

As Volin points out, the preseason will reveal plenty about what the Pats plan to do with both players.  Even then, there’s a chance Bill Belichick will keep his actual intentions under wraps until the real games begin.

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62 Responses to “Revis may no longer be on an island”
  1. micknangold says: Aug 5, 2014 11:34 AM

    It’s because Revis isn’t as good as he used to be.

  2. theodoor9 says: Aug 5, 2014 11:39 AM

    Talib played on one side of the field on training camp last year and then followed the top target once real games started.

  3. slbasegame257 says: Aug 5, 2014 11:41 AM

    Following the #1 WR around is overrated. Deon Sanders only played on side.

  4. pukinbuzzard says: Aug 5, 2014 11:41 AM

    BB revealing his strategy in preseason is unlikely, he hasn’t decided if the hoodie is still on the wardrobe list or if a more casual touch.

  5. simonkuntz says: Aug 5, 2014 11:42 AM

    Patriots will easily be a top 5 D this year.. Solid all around

  6. thepftpoet says: Aug 5, 2014 11:42 AM

    More proof that the Seahawks CB’s are pure system players, and are a product of the system.

    Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner are both mediocre players – who had top 5 Safeties behind them.

    Plus the new holding rule is going to make them even worse.

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 5, 2014 11:43 AM

    Sometimes simpler can be more effective. Let the players get comfortable and used to the movements of defending just one side so they don’t have to get comfortable with the opposite ways to move working the other side. I can see how some players would see that as an advantage to only have to focus on half of the angles and to spend all their time perfecting their technique for just one set of movements/reactions, and it can be very convenient if you happen to have an even distribution of players that prefer to play a particular side.

  8. redandgoldhitman52 says: Aug 5, 2014 11:45 AM

    revis is/was a true shutdown corner. sherman is a system player playing in a zone system with great safety help

  9. patriotsarespygaters says: Aug 5, 2014 11:47 AM

    U wish he isn’t good anymore 1969 I have the jets play book now

  10. RegisHawk says: Aug 5, 2014 11:52 AM

    Man coverage CBs learn the tendencies of the one player they will be covering. Zone coverage CBs have to learn the tendencies of every receiver. Revis is incapable of handling zone coverage (as is Peterson). Once Browner starts getting tagged for penalties, the Pats’ pass-defense will go south but fast.

  11. javierjiminy says: Aug 5, 2014 11:52 AM

    Revis is not an island. He’s a freaking continent. Dude is a beast. Doesn’t matter where you line him up.

  12. salmen76 says: Aug 5, 2014 11:55 AM

    Pats secondary will be one of the best in the league this year. Glad my team is NFC. Geaux Saints!

  13. spoilerfutbol says: Aug 5, 2014 11:57 AM

    Volin is mr overreaction, come on, its training camp!!!
    Teams practice all the scenarios during the offseason, im sure you remember troy brown as CB in 2004 training camp in case of an injury……. and he played part of the season on defense.

  14. crunchyclam says: Aug 5, 2014 11:58 AM

    So are the Pats limiting Revis to the left side because of their system or because Browner only knows how to play the right? Either way it’s not smart to allow opposing offenses to dictate who Revis covers. Shadowing the other team’s best receiver worked out pretty well when Revis was a Jet.

  15. 6ball says: Aug 5, 2014 12:00 PM

    .
    Belichick coaches from opponent to opponent. The defense against Detroit with Megatron will be different than the defense used against New Orleans with Jimmy Graham.
    .

  16. chawkup says: Aug 5, 2014 12:03 PM

    redandgoldhitman52 says:
    Aug 5, 2014 11:45 AM
    revis is/was a true shutdown corner. sherman is a system player playing in a zone system with great safety help.
    ___________________

    He didn’t seem to have or need much safety help on the play that ended Santa Clara’s season, did he?

  17. micknangold says: Aug 5, 2014 12:04 PM

    No, really…he’s not as good as he used to be. Enjoy your overpriced one year rental.

  18. themagicfanguy says: Aug 5, 2014 12:13 PM

    @mick No really, he actually is as good as he used to be. You sound like a bitter child.

  19. claymus1 says: Aug 5, 2014 12:15 PM

    Revis will be just fine….and, I think he will come to appreciate the “system” that will help him to be really succesful again…guys baggin’ on “system players” makes no sense to me…It is all about winning games, is it not? The Reigning SB champs do not seem to have issues with using a “system”. The whole argument holds no water.

  20. mistrezzrachael says: Aug 5, 2014 12:18 PM

    Like Belichick is going to give Miami any type of hint what they will see?

    Anyone who knows great coaches like Belichick knows they show zero in preseason, offensively or defensively. Pure basic vanilla.

    But, Revis is in best condition of his career…and ALSO is playing with the best defense he has ever played on…not even close there.

  21. trevor190 says: Aug 5, 2014 12:19 PM

    The next thing Ben Volin gets right about the Pats will be the first.

  22. RegisHawk says: Aug 5, 2014 12:21 PM

    Seattle showed Denver exactly what they were like in preseason last year. They won the game 40-10.

  23. kamthechancellor says: Aug 5, 2014 12:25 PM

    Everyone likes to take credit away from Sherman and claim it just the system he’s in. Maybe. But that means Seattle’s defense will be elite for years since it’s just the “system.” Maybe Pete Carroll is a defensive genius…maybe the players are better than you think…or both…either way, it’s good for the Seahawks.

    Looking forward to SuperBowl 49: Seahawks vs Patriots.

  24. randomcommenter says: Aug 5, 2014 12:26 PM

    Funny how the media ripped Schiano for playing Revis like this but they will praise Belichick for doing the same.

  25. slugbaitspace says: Aug 5, 2014 12:32 PM

    Which do you think is harder to prepare for:

    Watching tape to learn the tendencies of a single wide receiver, knowing how he runs his routes, how he gets off the line, how he reacts based on where he is on the field, and then shadow just that one guy

    …or…

    Watching tape to learn these same tendencies for ALL of the opposing receivers, and shadow whichever one lines up on your side on each play or adjust to another player coming to your side?

  26. ragnarthemagnificent says: Aug 5, 2014 12:44 PM

    ridiculously over-rated

  27. bobbyblanco1 says: Aug 5, 2014 12:44 PM

    Funny thing is he’s been following DJax all around during practice with Skins…. we’re talking about a Belichick Defense no 2 wks any player does the same thing. It’s practice for crying out loud Revis will be all over the left, right and anywhere else he needs to be….. STOP THE MESS AND BUY A ROUND TRIP TICKET TO
    “REVIS ISLAND”

  28. simplegodfather says: Aug 5, 2014 12:47 PM

    Thus, the END of Mevis Island… oh btw Pats fan., it will now called, Mevis SPY Land.. have fun with broken down Mevis.. Good Riddiance that he is no longer with Jets..

  29. snookau says: Aug 5, 2014 12:49 PM

    When the Bucs had Revis on someone other than the #1 last year, it was ridiculed by everyone.

    Now NE does it and no big deal?

  30. number1hawkfan says: Aug 5, 2014 12:50 PM

    I hope it’s seattles system that makes them good. That kills every argument that they’re going to fall apart once they pay Wilson. I mean if it’s the system than they’ll just plug new players in their system and keep dominating. Thanks for the confidence haters.

  31. trevor190 says: Aug 5, 2014 12:54 PM

    randomcommenter says:
    Aug 5, 2014 12:26 PM
    Funny how the media ripped Schiano for playing Revis like this but they will praise Belichick for doing the same.

    you have some examples of this praise?

  32. randomcommenter says: Aug 5, 2014 12:55 PM

    What Revis has done is not even comparable to Sherman.

    Sherman plays a zone with all pro Safety help. He also has a top pass rush that means the ball usually comes out quick. This means he doesn’t have to worry about getting beat deep and he can jump underneath routes.

    Revis can’t do that when he’s on an island. If Revis jumps a hitch route that is really a hitch and go, then it’s 6 points for the offense because he has no deep help.

    Revis can’t cheat like Sherman. He may be able to do it more with the Pats but he still won’t have the pass rush or safety help that Sherman has.

  33. redandgoldhitman52 says: Aug 5, 2014 1:03 PM

    chawkup says ” santa clara 49ers ”

    …………………
    san francisco to santa clara – 38 miles
    seattle to oklahoma city – 1525 miles

  34. mrp363839 says: Aug 5, 2014 1:18 PM

    For him to throw “special teams” in his comment knowing dang well he won’t have to play any…this just might work out long- term

  35. jimcarnoven says: Aug 5, 2014 1:38 PM

    One thing Wes taught me (Wes Huntley, not Welker) is that no man is an island, and some men are peninsulas.

  36. jimcarnoven says: Aug 5, 2014 1:40 PM

    Fans of some teams probably wish we could use the MLB model and rely more on farm systems than drafts out of college. How about it? No trades. No free agency.

  37. jimcarnoven says: Aug 5, 2014 1:41 PM

    “@mick No really, he actually is as good as he used to be. You sound like a bitter child.”
    ——————

    He’s been shutting down Brady’s receivers in practice thus far. We may have to bring back Randy Moss.

  38. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 5, 2014 1:48 PM

    More copying of the best.

    Best defense.

    Best team.

    Best CB.

  39. sweetnlow44 says: Aug 5, 2014 2:08 PM

    randomcommenter says:
    Aug 5, 2014 12:55 PM
    What Revis has done is not even comparable to Sherman.

    Sherman plays a zone with all pro Safety help. He also has a top pass rush that means the ball usually comes out quick. This means he doesn’t have to worry about getting beat deep and he can jump underneath routes.
    ____________

    Please go back and watch just one Seahawks game and you’ll realize how moronic your post is. Sherman plays man as much as any other CB in the league. The Seahawks do have great safeties. They also have great CB’s who help those all pro safeties as much as the other way around. They all benefit from each other in that secondary and that’s why they’re one of the best secondaries in the history of football. Great system with great players. You need both to be at the level the Seahawks were last year.

    Also, the Seahawks do NOT have a top pass rush. This alone proves that you’ve never even watched the Seahawks play outside of 1 or 2 games. They have a mediocre pass rush that looks better because they’re db’s give them an extra second to get to the QB – aka – coverage sacks.

    It’s amazing how many people want to talk trash on the Seahawks defensive players here without knowing anything at all about their defense. Quit parroting other posters and grow a brain and learn how to think on your own. Oh, that requires effort? My bad.

  40. boomnutz says: Aug 5, 2014 2:09 PM

    micknangold says:
    Aug 5, 2014 11:34 AM
    It’s because Revis isn’t as good as he used to be.

    ————————————————–
    dumbest thing i’ve heard in a long time. Those people that said he had a down year last year too are dumb too. It took him a year to recover but by the end of the year he had PFF’s highest coverage grade. He’s back to being the best corner ever now.

  41. gayforbrady says: Aug 5, 2014 2:12 PM

    When Brady wins the super bowl this year and he plays until he is 43. He is going down as the best ever.

    After this season Brady will hold the record for most TD’s in the post season.

  42. boomnutz says: Aug 5, 2014 2:13 PM

    Also, this is non news because regardless of what he’s playing in training camp (news flash people training camp is straight vanilla defense) he won’t be playing during the season. They’ll play zone, they’ll play man, they’ll have Revis trail guys and they’ll have Revis play one side. It’s a game oriented defense (and offense for that matter). He’s a chest piece, and one of the best chest pieces in football folks. Look at what Talib did last year under BB, and now realize that’s there’s Revis and then there’s everyone else, and that’s straight from Talib. get used to it.

  43. tedmurph says: Aug 5, 2014 2:28 PM

    Ben Volin just reminds me how good Greg Bedard was.

  44. hogrod says: Aug 5, 2014 2:34 PM

    redandgoldhitman52 says:

    san francisco to santa clara – 38 miles
    seattle to oklahoma city – 1525 miles

    ________________________________

    I personally hate basketball, and the discussion here is about football….weak.

    Your acknowledgement of the Whiner’s playing 40 miles away from where they call home…priceless.

    You must be on the committee to locate billboards in opposing cities.

  45. osiris33 says: Aug 5, 2014 2:34 PM

    Following only 1 guy is actually easier, because you only have to study film on one guy. It’s gonna be amusing to watch Revis eat his words.

  46. CKL says: Aug 5, 2014 2:47 PM

    tedmurph says:
    Aug 5, 2014 2:28 PM
    Ben Volin just reminds me how good Greg Bedard was.
    __________________________________
    I read through a bunch of troll remarks just to make sure no one posted this so I could…joke’s on me!

    Bedard is all pro. He actually can analyze properly what he sees. I hate that all the best beat writers get torn away by national places.

  47. goseahawks says: Aug 5, 2014 3:26 PM

    So with the fewest targets in the league last year Sherman still had the most INTs and passes defensed. Even though QB’s knew exactly where he was going to line up. Yep, that’s the definition of mediocre…outplaying people even though they knew where he was going to be. Don’t hate the player just because he’s better than yours, celebrate the game! Great players rise up, and you are all hating a player just because he rose up and threw out a challenge…and then won. Show us a player with better stats. Back up your argument with FACTS. Throwing out a meaningless statement like “He’s a system player” doesn’t actually mean anything, other than the fact that you are trying to discount his achievement with a rhetorical phrase and not a factual argument. For instance: The 49ers have choked for three straight years. Fact. What is your argument that they havent? Crowd noise is unfair? Refs hate them? Seattle cheated? PROVE IT WITH FACTS, not some whiney statement with no basis in fact.

  48. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 5, 2014 3:30 PM

    Seattle was tied for 8th re: numbers of sacks for all of you claiming Sherman leading the NFL in INTs was due to the overwhelming pass rush.

    If you’d watched more than the NFCCG and SB you may actually know what you’re talking about.

  49. i thumbs down your comment says: Aug 5, 2014 3:43 PM

    I love it when a story about an AFC East defensive back is reduced to SF/Seattle trash talk.

    Says a lot about who the best two teams in the league are and which rivalry is the greatest.

    SF/SC/Bay Area >>>> Seattle

  50. micknangold says: Aug 5, 2014 3:46 PM

    @mick No really, he actually is as good as he used to be. You sound like a bitter child.

    Bitter about what? Not having to waste millions upon millions on a cornerback? When we got Sheldon Richardson out of the trade? Calling me a child is very mature, you must be a Patriots fan.

  51. micknangold says: Aug 5, 2014 3:48 PM

    boomnutz says:
    Aug 5, 2014 2:09 PM
    micknangold says:
    Aug 5, 2014 11:34 AM
    It’s because Revis isn’t as good as he used to be.

    ————————————————–
    dumbest thing i’ve heard in a long time. Those people that said he had a down year last year too are dumb too. It took him a year to recover but by the end of the year he had PFF’s highest coverage grade. He’s back to being the best corner ever now.

    Well coming, from some sloppy on the internet, that sure means a lot. I guess now that you think I don’t, I don’t know football.

  52. tedmurph says: Aug 5, 2014 4:31 PM

    Yeah, the Jets got Richardson in the trade. Excellent player. They also had to use the #9 pk in the 1rst rnd on Reves’ replacement, Milliner, who looks like a bust. 6-10 and 8-8 since Revis left. All the money they saved on Revis? They didn’t spend it on anyone that helped them last yr. NFolk? Wow. They signed Decker, but still don’t have a QB that can get him the ball. CJohnson? Good luck. Have a nice 7/8 win season.

  53. rebosprj says: Aug 5, 2014 5:23 PM

    Winning percentage per division since 2002:

    AFC East: .525
    NFC East: .518
    NFC South: .515
    AFC South: .512
    AFC North: .509
    AFC West: .488
    NFC North: .480
    NFC West: .453

  54. qdog112 says: Aug 5, 2014 5:48 PM

    So there goes the argument for the Sherman haters. Whatcha gonna say now?

  55. jaredhortonhawks says: Aug 5, 2014 5:50 PM

    You only have to follow the best player around if you can’t trust your other db witch Sherman trustes and respects his team. I mean how would it make a player feel when revis comes to his spot and says hey man move your not good Enof to cover this guy but I am !!! it’s bad for the team!!!! and bad for player ego’s!!! And by the looks of the Super Bowl it works great to trust your team

  56. bleedrangerblue says: Aug 5, 2014 5:51 PM

    Revis is over-rated, over paid. Guy sickens me. Thank god he’s not a Jet no longer. It’s going to be awesome scoring on him and exploiting him. Let the games begin….

  57. jaredhortonhawks says: Aug 5, 2014 5:53 PM

    It’s so funny to listen to all the haters talk about how much they want seattle to lose. And funny when people say h they went 13-3 becuse of bad calls!!! Lol get over it seattle is the best team in the nfl!!!! And you can’t say they arnt cu they got proof!!!! Lambardi proof!!!

  58. lanman11 says: Aug 5, 2014 7:08 PM

    rebosprj says:
    Aug 5, 2014 5:23 PM
    Winning percentage per division since 2002:

    AFC East: .525
    NFC East: .518
    NFC South: .515
    AFC South: .512
    AFC North: .509
    AFC West: .488
    NFC North: .480
    NFC West: .453

    ************************

    All this really proves is that the Patriots inflated winning percentage is lifting the division average……uh, wait….if they won all those games against AFC East teams, that means those teams losses also count in this average….soooo….that means…for the AFC East to be the toughest division in football the last 12 years, all of the teams would have had to have done it outside the division, and in inter-conference play, of course led by the Patriots stellar record in that area. Hmmmm….I guess that blows a hole in the argument that the Patriots record is inflated by playing in a weak division, and actually proves that they do it against EVERYBODY. What are we gonna do now???

  59. hatetriot4life says: Aug 5, 2014 9:24 PM

    Jeesh.are.we gona. Grade.revis project his.season or just have pats gushing over a player on there team hapns every season no matter who goes to new England is the best ever and the best at their position no matter how much they hated them before they came to new England …Shermans job is.tougher u must add and pats fans you would know more about the league and players if u didn’t just watch your team play out its weak schedule and turn of the TV wen they done or skip football Sunday wen your pats are on a bye week …can’t wait to yall get exposed ..Revis and browner getn reps against midgets in practice is goin to help them sooooo much wen they match up with.an.average sized man hahahah

  60. alwayscover1 says: Aug 6, 2014 1:57 AM

    I like D Revis but one guy following every teams best WR has always been a little high schoolish to me. Especially when you have a pro-bowl calibar player on the other side. Just line up on your side and play your side. Thats what Seattle did. But they were both big fast and physical and noone wanted to see either of those corners up there. And now NE has one of them. A system means nothing without the talent. I think NE secondary will be just fine, and after those first (4) games, back comes B Browner and they will become elite. Still not sure if it transfer to wins but it will be fun to watch them for a change..

  61. 3bronco says: Aug 6, 2014 7:03 AM

    Tough to read these replies. No wonder florio was going to ditch this section.

    Seattle plays cover 3 in the secondary while utilizing man coverage techniques.
    Sherman’s length allows him to jam a WR at the snap and play bump/run. If the WR runs a deep route it becomes man coverage (deep 1/3 for cb). If he breaks it off the LB has to get underneath it

    Yes Seattle plays strictly cover3,with cover 1 and man and their CBs aren’t asked to follow around a top WR, but not many people have the skill set and length to do what Sherman and browner do. The new rules will play a role but in the contact area you can still get your hands on someone
    It’s all about what your guys are good at.. Revis, Haden, Peterson, Talib can cover anyone in man but aren’t as strong in zone coverage. Don’t forget when you play zone -you cover an area, while looking at the QBs eyes so it’s easier to make breaks on the ball.. Once someone enters your coverage zone it’s a man conversion. Man cb’s don’t get as many Ints bc they are locked on to their guy- they get more pass break ups… To rant and rave and rip any of these guys is classic internet trolling and by people who have prob not done much athletically in their lives.

  62. rahavort says: Aug 6, 2014 7:07 AM

    Lol at all the people who say Revis was/used to be a shutdown corner because he is with the pats now. Even though he says he is in the best shape of his career. You better pray that he isn’t a shutdown corner still

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