Well, well, well. If it isn’t our good, old friend Darrell Revis. It seems that it wasn’t that long ago that he was berating New England fans on twitter, and now he has nothing but love for the Patriots and their entire organization.
In a recent interview with the New York Times, Revis spoke of how he felt his game improved under the coaching of The Hoodie.
“I’m smarter and way more intelligent at the game.” Revis said, “I had a great learning experience last year with Bill. He helped me in a lot of ways in seeing the game in a different way.”
This really gets under my skin. Darrelle had the opportunity to, stay with a great organization, compete for championships, and possibly become the best cornerback to ever play the game. Yet, he left to go to the train wreck of a team in the New York Jets.
Now it comes as no real surprise that Revis was going to leave. Everyone in New England knew that he was a mercenary who chased the money. In fact I don’t really blame him for leaving the Pats. Hell, I would play for the Jets if they offered me 5 years at $70 million, but something tells me they probably don’t want a 5’6” corner to have to go up against Sammy Watkins two times a year.
Anyway, I thought that this interview served as a good reminder that a Revis/Browner-less secondary is a scary thought for Pats fans. As of right now, our top three corners on the depth chart are Logan Ryan, Kyle Arrington, and Alfonzo Dennard. Yikes.
Sure, they have,new free agent signing Robert McClain form Atlanta, and Super bowl hero, as well as immortal Boston Legend, Malcolm Butler, but these guys are not enough. McClain is still young, only 26, and still has some potential, especially in a Bill Belichick coached defense. He posted sub-par numbers, recording only 5 passes defended, but not terrible when considering he only started in 6 of 16 games that he played in. Perhaps with a more featured role in the Pat’s defense we could see those numbers rise to a more respectable mark.
As for Butler, if I am being honest, he should just retire because it is never going to get better than that Super bowl interception for him. However, it seems that he still has a year on his deal and apparently he likes playing football, so I guess he’s all in for 2015. Now I like Butler a lot. He’s only 25 and in last year’s pre-season I feel that he showed us a lot.
Butler was consistently on his man and never seemed to get burned, except for Mike Wallace back in December but we’ll give him a pass on that. After all, he did win us our fourth. Butler has a lot of upside and, with an expanded role in the defensive, I think we can expect some big things from him over the course of the upcoming season.
Now I didn’t want to talk about Bradley Fletcher, but the Pats signed him, so I guess I’ll say something. Last year I watched a few Eagles games, and the overall conclusion that I drew from them was that Bradley Fletcher may be the worst player to ever line up at corner. Just ask Dez Bryant, who hauled in 6 catches for 114 yards and 3 TDs while going up against our good friend Bradley and the Eagles’ D. Oh and did I mention that the Pats get to plays Dez this year? My T.V. better pray that Fletcher does not see the field vs. Dez or else my remote will be going squarely through the center of it.
Now while it seems like the Pats are in trouble, I have faith they’ll figure it out like they always do. There is a lot of young talent in the draft who they could go after. This would be my solution, as this years draft class is one of deepest ones in recent memory at the corner back position. Also, they still have McCourty playing the center field role as one of the anchors of the defense. Pats fans have seen plenty of off seasons that leave you scratching your head, but it always works out in the end. As long as we have The Hoodie and Tom Terrific we’ll always be around the top of the league.
In Bill We Trust.
By Jake Cianci @JakeCianci