Florham Park, N.J. — This morning at Jets camp marked another big moment to the start of the season. Cornerback Darrelle Revis and tackle Sione Pouha as well as safety Eric Smith were named captains by coach Ryan. Revis and Pouha will head up the defense while Smith takes care of the special teams department. The offense is fully equipped with captains as well. With WR Santonio Holmes and QB Mark Sanchez, Ryan has put his confidence in his players hands.
With Revis being arguably the best cornerback in the NFL, there really was no second guessing coach Ryan’s decision to give him this honorable position, and the coach was not looking for one either. The captains were picked without a team vote and Ryan said it was based on hard work and leadership.
“It means a lot to me to be selected as one of the team captains,” Revis said. “It’s a great achievement.”
Coach Ryan also credited Pouha for stepping up as a nose tackle when Kris Jenkins was injured for basically two full seasons. Pouha took the position as a great compliment.
“It feels good. First and foremost”, Pouha said. “Rex called me in and it’s basically an honor to know that he thinks about you like that and the front office thinks of you like that, the coaches think of you like that. You just go about your daily duty and do what you have to do and I guess I stuck out somehow.
Fans might be asking why Eric Smith and not Jim Leonhard? Well coach Ryan has an answer for all of the questions. “”This is what I chose.” Ryan said.
Smith played a big role in filling in when Leonhard went down with an injury late last season and did a great job in doing so. Smith was surprised to find out that he was chosen as team captain.
“It’s definitely a surprise and that he announced them so soon but I’m definitely honored. Smith said, “I found out walking down, it was pretty exciting. It’s an honor to be named captain.”
Leonhard gave Smith full cradit for being named captain and sounded happy for his teammate.
“He’s one of those guys where we put him wherever we need him,” Leonhard said of Smith.
The critics have been talking about how the Jets have no leadership, but it looks like they are handeling it quite well. The team is filled with leadership type players and captains that want to and will get the job done and do everything they can to take this team to the top. Attitude and hard work equals great chemistry and the Jets seem to have the pieces they need to build a championship puzzle.
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