Belichick doesn’t think Revis’ skills translate to safety

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Amid chatter of a possible Darrelle Revis reunion in New England, many assume he’d return as a safety. That currently looks like a bad assumption.

As explained by Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, the 2015 negotiations between the Patriots and Revis included a suggestion that he could move to safety. Coach Bill Belichick balked, arguing that the player’s skills didn’t translate to the safety position.

So if Revis returns (and that remains a big if), it would be as a cornerback. Which means it would happen most likely after cornerback Malcolm Butler is traded, apparently to the Saints.

It also would happen only if the Patriots come to terms with verbal shots that were fired by Revis regarding #DeflateGate after he left the Patriots for the Jets.

“[The Patriots] have a history of doing stuff,” Revis said at the time, via Guregian. “You can’t hide that. . . . Tom [Brady] was there when they did that stuff in the past. New England’s been doing stuff in the past and getting in trouble. When stuff repeatedly happens, then that’s it. I don’t know what else to tell you. Stuff repeatedly happened through the years. You got SpyGate, you got this and that and everything else.”

Then there’s the reality that the Patriots may not be willing to pay Revis $6 million or enough more than that to get him to choose to play versus not playing and collecting $6 million from the Jets. If Revis would choose to play for the Patriots for the league minimum, the Jets would essentially be paying most of his salary for Revis to play for the Patriots.

That’s an outcome that possibly would be sufficiently delicious to get the Patriots to overlook the things Revis said two years ago.

28 responses to “Belichick doesn’t think Revis’ skills translate to safety

  1. Don’t forget the Pats also bared Revis’s mother from the Super Bowl ring ceremony which was held at Robert Krafts house.

  2. He no longer has the skills to play corner. So his options would appear to be severely limited.

  3. He was always awful at playing zone. Nnamdi Asomugha 2.0. He’s was a fantasic man cover guy, but once those skills have eroded he has no zone cover skills to fall back on. Guys who made the switch to safety (Seyhorn, Williams) were guys who could play zone before the switch.

  4. factschecker says:
    Don’t forget the Pats also bared Revis’s mother from the Super Bowl ring ceremony which was held at Robert Krafts house.

    Sounds perverted. Pretty sure it didn’t happen exactly that way, and you can Gronk it. (I recommend checking your facts.)

  5. Only way this occurs is if Bill brings him in just so he can cut him in training camp to send a message to the team.

    Otherwise he has plenty of young potential on the roster that can be coached up when Butler leaves.

  6. factschecker says:
    Mar 20, 2017 1:39 PM
    Don’t forget the Pats also bared Revis’s mother from the Super Bowl ring ceremony which was held at Robert Krafts house.
    —————-
    That’s not quite correct – after Revis bad-mouthed the Pats on his way out the door he was too much a coward to collect his own ring, so he sent his mom in his place – and Kraft refused to let her collect it or take part in the private ring ceremony, but Kraft otherwise treated Revis’ mom respectfully.

  7. .
    The Patriots secondary has never been the best coverage group in the league. However, they’ve always excelled at tackling. Revis is no longer a willing tackler.
    .

  8. Whatever the Saints offer Butler, I hope the Patriots at least think enough of him to match it. The “Revis Island” days are over. I wish they would keep Butler. They guy gives 110% on every down he plays.

  9. Revis would have to lose 20-30 pounds and get back to form. If he did that, took an nfl minimum contract and was willing to go back to working hard, sure let him on the 90 man camp roster.

    If he falters in any way he gets cut before the season. If he loses the weight and returns to form, it would be hilarious if he got another ring in NE with the Jets paying most of his salary.

  10. That ship has long since sailed, never to return!

    The bottom line is that Revis is finished he really has nowhere to go to resurrect his career and he is too old to so. All he can be at this stage is a back up on a decent team or no 2 corner on a poor team.

    He has had a great career, maybe its time for him to move on in life to the next stage.

  11. If it were to happen the dream scenario would be for him to return for the veteran minimum, have the Jets pay the rest of his salary and for New England to repeat.

  12. People say, “this and that and everything else” when they want something to sound bigger but don’t actually have examples to provide.

    Get him for free and let Tom torch him every day in practice.

  13. Translation: Other teams, make sure you lose your interest in old washed-up DB only that can’t play safety (that way, we the Pats will have no competition for him). Well done, Bill, well done.

  14. steeelfann0155 says:
    Mar 20, 2017 3:17 PM
    Translation: Other teams, make sure you lose your interest in old washed-up DB only that can’t play safety (that way, we the Pats will have no competition for him). Well done, Bill, well done.
    ==================

    Except it was said in 2015

  15. Its not his tackling as much as his subpar zone skills. Lovie was fine cutting him because as great as he was his skills were maximized when he followed the #1 WR all day. When he first came to NE he was playing zone and on 1 side, Belichick realized that isnt his strong suit and changed his role after the KC loss. He couldnt play safety, hes a corner and not the elite one he used to be.

  16. He refuses to tackle or care. The guy has duped a lot of people.

    If I hear one more person claim he’s a HOFer, I am going to puke.

    He has not been truly great since his 3rd year in the league in 2009.

    He sucked in TB, was better in NE for 1 year, and then sucked in NY the last 2 years.

    From 2010-2012, he was out hurt or holding out.

  17. Its not his tackling as much as his subpar zone skills. Lovie was fine cutting him because as great as he was his skills were maximized when he followed the #1 WR all day. When he first came to NE he was playing zone and on 1 side, Belichick realized that isnt his strong suit and changed his role after the KC loss. He couldnt play safety, hes a corner and not the elite one he used to be.

    ——

    That’s because he’s been groomed to think he’s above playing zone.

    He is one of those players that thinks playing zone shows weakness, so it’s below him.

    That’s what playing under Rex Ryan will do for you.

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