Darrelle Revis On WFAN: Jets Were Not Prepared To Play 2015 Season Finale

Loss To Bills Cost Gang Green Playoff Spot

Joe & Evan
November 20, 2018 - 2:13 pm

By WFAN.com

In his appearance on WFAN on Tuesday, Jets great Darrelle Revis didn't directly take any shots at Todd Bowles, but some of the stories he told certainly didn't reflect favorably on the current Jets head coach, whom he played under for two seasons.

Talking to WFAN's Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts, the seven-time Pro Bowl cornerback said the Jets were not properly prepared to face the Buffalo Bills in the 2015 season finale. A win would've clinched a playoff spot for Gang Green. Instead, the 7-8 Bills upset the 10-5 Jets, 22-17. 

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"No, I can attest to that," Revis said when asked if the Jets were ready for that game.

"Of just knowing the pulse of the team, I feel we came out and we felt that we had the game already won. 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."

Roberts asked Revis if there's anything he could've said to Bowles to alert him to how overconfident the Jets seemed.

"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," said Revis, who retired in July after an 11-year career. "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."

After the Jets fell just short of the playoffs in 2015, expectations were high entering the following season. However, they finished just 5-11.

Revis admitted that a locker-room dispute between defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson and wide receiver Brandon Marshall following a Week 3 blowout loss to the Chiefs was detrimental.

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"That moment in the season, that definitely did destroy the camaraderie in the locker room with guys, man," Revis said. "I'd never been a part of anything like that. As a captain, it was devastating. I kind of knew in a sense that this was going to be a very long season because it was too many distractions.

"That was an ongoing situation throughout the whole year. It just never died down. We couldn't bounce back from it."

Revis also said he blamed former general manager John Idzik for the fact that he didn't play his entire career in New York. The cornerback was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013 and then spent one season in New England, where he won a Super Bowl, before returning to the Jets.

"We had a meeting (before the 2013 season), and that meeting didn't sit well with me, I feel," Revis said of him and Idzik. "He asked me a few questions that I felt was kind of an insult in terms of asking me do I want to be a Jet, do I want to be here. And my answer was kind of: 'Hey, I'm under contract. I'm here. I've been here my whole career. Why would I want to leave?' I think that shouldn't even be a question that should be asked, especially when I'm trying to rehab (from a torn ACL) and get healthy to come back and prove (to) everybody that I can still play this game at a high level."