NY Post – The Jets got the news they were dreading on Monday when an MRI exam confirmed that Darrelle Revis has a torn ACL and is likely lost for the season. Coach Rex Ryan confirmed the news during his Monday press conference, a day after the Jets beat the Dolphins 23-20 in Miami. Saying he just heard about the severity of injury “five minutes ago,” Ryan would not rule out Revis for the year yet. But it is extremely unlikely the team’s best player would return this season and could soon be put on injured reserve to free up a roster spot. Ryan said he wanted to talk to Revis before making the decision, though. “I look at it this way, this is a team game and as a team we have to step it up,” Ryan said.
Rex gamely talking about others “stepping up” without Revis, but his demeanor says everything. He looks, understandably, crushed.
This is the moral dilemma that’s as old as civilization. Ever since the Greeks lost Achilles to a foot injury at the Battle of Troy, people have struggled with the question of whether you’d rather see your opponents weakened with injuries or face them at full strength and beat their best. And to hear the Jets tell it, Revis isn’t just their best, he’s their whole goddamned team. He takes away everyone’s No. 1 receiver, slot receiver and tight end all at the same time. He’s never given up a completed pass. He’s seven feet tall. Kills men by the hundreds. And if he were here he’d consume the British with fireballs from his eyes and bolts of lightning from his arse. He’s so good the entire front office humiliated themselves on HBO for an entire season of “Hard Knocks,” chasing Revis around the state of New York, begging him to accept a massive pay raise to do them the honor of playing for them. Then spent the last two years walking on eggshells while Revis threatened to hold out again.
So it’s pretty obvious that whatever they say publicly, they can’t bounce back from this. Revis Island was the whole shooting match for them. And I feel pretty ambivalent about it. Because while I admit he’s a very good corner and I’m glad the Patriots don’t have to worry about him, it was always fun to watch Welker beat him and everyone blame some hapless, slapdick safety. Or Randy Moss blow by him for a TD and Revis pull up lame with the Al Czervik “Oooh! My hamstring! It’s broken!!!” So it’s a bittersweet moment for sure. I guess in the interest of creating good Karma, it’s best not feel good about another team’s injuries. So I’ll extend to the Jets and their fans the exact same degree of sympathy they gave us in 2008 when Brady was lost for the year. That would be the year the Pats went 11-5. And if Ryan is the coach he says he is, I suppose the Jets will do the same without their best player. @JerryThornton1