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Todd Bowles: We try to change up how we use Darrelle Revis every week

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2012, file photo, New York Jets defensive back Darrelle Revis (24) knocks the ball loose from Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green  during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Cincinnati. Green vs. Revis would appear to be one of the marquee matchups of Week 1 in the NFL. But the New York Jets might use multiple defenders against the Cincinnati Bengals star receiver on Sunday. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman, File0 AP

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis acknowledged that last Sunday’s loss to the Bengals was not one of his better days as an NFL player as A.J. Green provided the motor for Cincinnati’s offense in their 23-22 victory.

Revis looking overmatched against Green sparked memories of his struggles against receivers like Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins in 2015 along with discussion about whether the Jets need to change the way they deploy Revis on a weekly basis. Jets coach Todd Bowles joined in that discussion at Tuesday’s press conference.

“Game-plan wise, we’ll have to see on Thursday night,” Bowles said in comments distributed by the team. “We’re not going to discuss it here. That would be a hard question to answer. We change every week, so whether it’s good or bad, we try to change it up a little bit every week.”

Bowles didn’t rule out using Revis one-on-one against a team’s No. 2 wideout while using other combinations on the No. 1, saying certain games will “require” it, and brushed off a question about giving Revis more help this season by taking issue with the idea that “he didn’t have help last year.”

Revis isn’t the same player he was earlier in his career, a trait he shares with any defensive back that lasts 10 years in the NFL, and that’s something the Jets will have to keep in mind while making plans for Watkins, Jeremy Maclin, Antonio Brown and Larry Fitzgerald over the next five weeks of the year.

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9 Responses to “Todd Bowles: We try to change up how we use Darrelle Revis every week”
  1. uglydingo says: Sep 14, 2016 7:20 AM

    I regard Darrelle Revis as one of the greatest CBs in NFL history. For many years he has been dominant. However, he was absolutely torched by Green on Sunday. I don’t like seeing really great players end up as shadows of their former selves. I hate to say it but the Island is no more – there is a freeway to the mainland and any receiver can walk there. Revis should seriously consider hanging up his cleats.

  2. cosmicconvoy says: Sep 14, 2016 8:07 AM

    Bowles should just try to win every week.

  3. pastabelly says: Sep 14, 2016 8:12 AM

    There was a time when Revis was a dominant NFL player. He’s still one of the best, just not a shut down corner.

  4. jasons81 says: Sep 14, 2016 8:46 AM

    They do need to change how they use Revis… a solid first step would be to move him to safety.

    Seems like he was always really good when he was playing for a contract then not so good once he got paid.

  5. graylingskies says: Sep 14, 2016 8:48 AM

    At 17 mil/yr that’s one expensive chameleon. As much as I like Revis, the Jests may have slightly overpaid for this 31 yr old. Too bad, but hey, they knew what they were getting. They took a chance outbidding my Pats and re-signing him for big money. I like the new and improved Jets under Bowles as coach. I expect they will do better next game and the great rivalry will return. Looking forward to it.

  6. RegisHawk says: Sep 14, 2016 8:52 AM

    “Last week we had him bring bagels. This week, donuts.”

  7. intrafinesse says: Sep 14, 2016 9:22 AM

    Revis has slowed down, but is still a good (but overpaid) corner back. He should be used accordingly.
    Don’t put him on an island against elite receivers like DeAndre Hopkins and AJ Green. Give him safety help, or put him on an island against the #2, and double team the #1.

  8. 6ball says: Sep 14, 2016 10:10 AM

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    Cube him and turn him into croutons.
    .

  9. surfinbird1 says: Sep 14, 2016 1:49 PM

    A solid first step would be for Revis to give back some money.

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