First and foremost, it is important to realize what Darrelle Revis did for the Patriots organization. Without Revis in 2014, there is a very good chance that the Patriots do not win their 4th Super Bowl in franchise history. Revis' ability to take away half of the field and allow players like McCourty, Browner, Chung, etc. do whatever they do best made the Patriots defense capable of winning the Super Bowl.
Now, enough of that soft stuff, lets talk about the events that transpired over the past 24 hours. Right now is the NFL's most quiet time of the year. Although the NFL has become a sport that can be talked about for 12 months out of the year, teams have gone through most free agents and are now waiting to make moves as we get closer to the NFL Draft on April 30th.
However, many fans, especially New England Patriots fans, can never not talk about football.
After an amazing season capped off with a Patriots Super Bowl victory, many Patriots players, including Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, Shane Vereen and Steven Ridley, just to name a few, have left this team to pursue their NFL career elsewhere.
And truthfully, thats ok.
The Patriots have the ability to let pieces go and build from within, while still being one of, if not the, most competitive team in the National Football League. The Patriots have let Hall of Fame-type players walk out the door and have still competed for a Super Bowl almost every year. It does help that we have the best quarterback to every grace a football field, in Tom Brady, as well.
However, make no mistake about it: letting Darrelle Revis go was a huge mistake for the Patriots organization. After having Tom Brady take a pay cut to free up roughly $20 million, it was widely thought that the Patriots would use that money to re-sign Revis or, at the very least, find his replacement. Unfortunately, the Patriots did not do either and it looks like we will be going into this season with the likes of Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan manning the corner positions.
To make matters worse, Revis bolted to the Jets, as we all know, the Patriots bitter rival. However, after how dominant the Patriots have been, and how mediocre the Jets have been in recent years, the rivalry seemed to have lost some heat.
Not to worry, though, Patriots Nation.
Recently, Darrelle Revis fired back at all the Patriots fans that have been lashing out at him for leaving the Super Bowl XLIX Champions for a team that went 4-12 last season. I still don't understand it, but I guess Revis just wanted to go "home" (He's from Pittsburgh, so it makes sense, right?).
Take a look below at his Instagram....
At about 1 p.m. this afternoon, Revis tweeted out that it was not him, and that his Instagram page was hacked.
But does anyone actually believe him?
I know I don't. And its not just me being a bitter Patriots fan. While all accounts have pointed to Revis being a great guy, he has always had the utmost confidence in himself. Not to mention, don't most, if not all, players that have huge egos and loud mouths stop talking once they enter New England? Chad Ochocinco, Albert Haynesworth and Randy Moss immediately come to mind. It is no coincidence that nothing like this came out about Revis during his short tenure with the Pats.
At the end of the day, it comes down to this: when you are with the Patriots, you follow and listen to Bill Belichik's rules. If he doesn't want you talking to the media, you don't. Its the Patriots Way. Which, if you haven't realized this by now, wins a lot of Super Bowls. On the flip side, if you play for a franchise owned by Woody Johnson, you can say and do whatever you want.
Shame on you, Darrelle Revis. The exact people that you are calling absolutely terrible things are also the people that allow you to get payed ridiculous money. Us, the fans, are the people that buy your jersey and buy tickets to the stadium and team(s) you play for.
I am not even going to touch on the fact that Revis talked about Brady and Belichik in that manner. We all know the greatness of Touchdown Tommy and The Hooded One.
For such a great business man, this wasn't a very good business decision.