Darrelle Revis says Jets' defense was out of shape in 2011
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The evidence piled up on film and by season’s end Darrelle Revis noticed a defense far removed from the ones that reached back-to-back AFC Championship Games.
Tight games in the fourth quarter seemed tighter. A winded defense wasn’t in good enough shape to handle the two-minute offense. As a corollary, the mental side of the game faltered.
He wasn’t surprised when he spoke to coach Rex Ryan shortly after a season-ending loss to the Dolphins and conditioning was one of the three issues Ryan brought up as a priority for this season — alongside focus and discipline.
“It came up in the offseason really, right after the season was over. It was basically what, as a team, could we do better,” Revis said. “One of them was conditioning, one of them was focus, and the other one was discipline. And you know, this was a conversation that I think Rex wanted to evaluate himself and see what we could do better as a team.”
Ryan thought shoring up these areas was the quickest way to see the defense he’d envisioned.