New York Jets great Darrelle Revis decided to pile on New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles on Tuesday concerning 2015’s finale in Buffalo.
Say what you want about Darrelle Revis—love him, hate him, defend him, talk trash about him—he did not have to do this. He did not have to pile on the last coach he experienced in New York.
Concerning the high-point of Bowles’s tenure with the team, taking a 10-5 team into Orchard Park, New York with a chance for the playoffs in 2015, Revis claimed that his head coach did not have his team ready.
“I feel we came out and we felt that we had the game already won,” Revis said. “And you’re dealing with Rex Ryan on the other end, who I know during that whole week of preparation, I know he got his guys, his players, revved up to spoil our playoff run.”
Revis, himself, couldn’t handle Sammy Watkins who went for 136 yards on 11 receptions. Preparation or not, Revis was not the same man at this stage of his career. Though most folks didn’t figure it out until the following season, the cushions he provided all season long culminated in the Watkins outburst.
Nonetheless, he kept that trap flowing with Joe and Evan.
“I don’t know if we had much of a player-coach type of relationship as I did with Rex Ryan and his coaching staff,” Revis said. “Rex Ryan and his coaching staff were amazing in terms of most of the guys who were on the staff played professionally or had a ton of coaching experience, and they wanted you to engage with them about how you felt about certain things with the scheme, how is the game plan this week and they would try to put us in the best position to make plays, and I think that’s why we were so successful under Rex.”
Wrong. The reason Revis and his boys were so successful under Rex was mainly due to the fact the personnel base was so strong. The duo of Eric Mangini and Mike Tannenbaum built an underrated core of young players featuring a stud offensive line. Of course, Rex Ryan did his part defensively, but once he starting putting his imprints on the personnel, his success dwindled little by little.
When head coaches start hot and slowly deteriorate with success without any solid seasons in between, it’s quite revealing.
The 3-7 Todd Bowles’s-led New York Jets host Tom Brady and the New England Patriots this coming Sunday.