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    Revis by the numbers this season

    https://www.profootballfocus.com/blo...-the-revis-10/


    Stories of the Season: The Revis 10
    October 29th, 2011 | Author: Sam Monson
    We’re seven weeks into the season and Darelle Revis is doing something pretty special. The level of play he’s returned to after a 2010 season slowed by early injury is causing people to draw legitimate comparisons to Deion Sanders in his prime.

    To this point, Revis has been thrown at 33 times. He has allowed 10 receptions. He has yet to give up a touchdown, though he has scored one of his own. Opposing quarterbacks are just as likely to have the ball picked (four times) or batted down (another six times) as they are to have it caught by their intended receiver when they challenge Revis’ coverage. Picking on Revis this season is yielding a QB rating of just 2.9. Yes, 2.9. The next best mark among starting corners is the 39.4 of the Panthers’ Chris Gamble and there are only three players under 50.

    Eight of the 10 completions he has allowed came in two games, with Brandon Marshall responsible for half of them. In three games this season Revis hasn’t given up a catch at all and in two more he has allowed just one. Revis’ best five games account for just two catches for 19 yards from 13 targets.

    He is raising the bar for the position and giving renewed spirit to the phrase ‘shutdown corner’, something only recently thought to be extinct as a species. Following that theme, much like on the wildlife shows when something extraordinary is captured on film and you have to take a closer look, with Revis allowing just these 10 receptions – an amazingly manageable number for a midseason piece like this – we’re going to go through each in turn.

    Note: We have discussed the 73-yard reception to Wes Welker before and it will not feature below. Though Revis definitely made a mess of the play, the Jets were in quarters coverage and the ball was caught in Eric Smith’s zone, not that of Revis, so he gets primary coverage on the reception



    Those are the 10 catches Revis has allowed in 2011. None of them went for longer than 26 yards. On only one was he beaten badly enough that he did not make the tackle instantly after the catch or very quickly after it, and only one of the receptions was made when Revis was not in press-man coverage.

    It becomes clear from these throws that Revis is exceptionally difficult to beat over the top. He is extremely good at redirecting receivers at the line of scrimmage and stacking them down the sideline, forcing quarterbacks to make a perfect throw in order to get the ball in. The only successful throws are on back shoulder passes down the sideline, which are extremely difficult for any corner playing press-man coverage to stop, but which do run the risk of being picked-off if the corner does get his head around early enough.

    If Revis maintains this kind of performance over the rest of the season, we may be witnessing something that sails right past special and lodges itself firmly in all-time greatness.

    -See Link for a breakdown of the 10 catches this season.



    Those are the 10 catches Revis has allowed in 2011. None of them went for longer than 26 yards. On only one was he beaten badly enough that he did not make the tackle instantly after the catch or very quickly after it, and only one of the receptions was made when Revis was not in press-man coverage.

    It becomes clear from these throws that Revis is exceptionally difficult to beat over the top. He is extremely good at redirecting receivers at the line of scrimmage and stacking them down the sideline, forcing quarterbacks to make a perfect throw in order to get the ball in. The only successful throws are on back shoulder passes down the sideline, which are extremely difficult for any corner playing press-man coverage to stop, but which do run the risk of being picked-off if the corner does get his head around early enough.

    If Revis maintains this kind of performance over the rest of the season, we may be witnessing something that sails right past special and lodges itself firmly in all-time greatness.


    -This includes a great breakdown of the only plays Revis was beaten on this year. In my opinion, his 2009 season and playoffs, his last 10 games of the 2010 season and playoffs, and his 2011 season to date has never been witnessed before in the history of the NFL.

    If you have fans trying to convince you that Aso is just as good as him, tell them crack is an illegal substance. Revis is putting up these insane performances while covering the other team's #1 wideout without any help the majority of the time. Aso is maybe the best shutdown corner for #2 receivers only, big deal.

    I only started watching football religiously in 1997, can anyone tell me anything informative on Deion Sanders as a cover corner. Did he play #1 receivers without any help whatsoever at the same frequency as Revis?

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    deion was much more athletic than revis, more of a ballhawk (willing to take risks), and way more dangerous after the int. deion is the best CB in the past 50 years, maybe ever.

    revis is much stronger than deion, a better technical CB, and waaaaay more physical. he could transition to S at somepoint which DS could never do.

    but to compare Revis to Deion at this point - isnt fair. Revis needs to be "the technician" he is now for multiple more years to compare.

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    I saw Sanders many times, and he was undoubtedly the best cover corner in game. Pretty exciting with the ball in his hands, too.

    IMO, Revis is performing at the same level in coverage, but is a far more physical player than Sanders ever was; Revis is an elite tackler and excellent in run support. If he continues to play this way, when he's done, people may say he was the best overall CB ever to play in the NFL.

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    Remember when comparing Revis to corners of the past how he and the other CB's of now are handcuffed compared to the ones who used to play. Imagine Revis with the rules that Mel Blount got to play with, I honestly believe he would allow 5 or less receptions in a season.

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    Great read

    It truely is amazing watching him play week in and week out while performing at an all time great level.

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