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He is a great guy and he means well, but it’s hard agree with what he’s saying here. And in a way, what he’s saying contradicts the team’s position, though they would never say that . . .

Buster Skrine was on the NFL Network this morning and was asked about Darrelle Revis.

“At the beginning of the year he had some troubles,” Skrine said on the NFL Network. “Then as the year went on, if you watched his film, he was playing great. When you are the best, you’re gonna be critiqued to the fullest, they’re gonna knick-knack everything. I still think Revis is one of the best corners to play right now. … He can still play. He should still get a good deal. I think he’s one of the better corners in the league.”

He was great at the end of the year? Maybe against Colin Kaepernick and E.J. Manuel, who both played awful?

And if Revis was “great” at the end of the year, why would the Jets release him, and eat the $6 million guaranteed. If he was “great,” you don’t eat that money, you keep him around.

Buster, why did they release him? Why would you release somebody playing “great.”

You are not helping your bosses floating this erroneous premise.

The Jets must be fools. They released a guy playing “great.”

No, Revis is not “one of the better corners in the league.”

When you don’t play the sticks on third down, and consistently play too far off wide receivers, and you finish the season with just 5 passes defensed, you aren’t a top corner. That is one PD every three games. He played 15 games.

“Revis is definitely a technician,” Skrine said. “He’s one of the smarter players I’ve ever played around. He’s one of them guys who’s real welcoming. He taught everybody in that secondary how to hit better, how to take your game to another level.”

That quote floored me. He taught the “secondary how to hit better?” He was avoiding hits like the plague last year. He was staying velcroed to blockers seemingly on a purpose, as a facade to avoid tackling. From a football culture standpoint, it was troubling. Guys avoiding tackles in a sport all about physicality – bad news.

“Him leaving the team, sad,” Skrine said. “You just have to let him go play. Revis has a lot left in the tank. I know he’s been down in Florida training, he’s started real early. I know he’s like ‘I got something to prove.’ Hopefully he gets picked up somewhere where he fits best and keeps it going.”

He’s got a point to prove? How about proving that point while he was making $33 million guaranteed the last two seasons? Why is it “sad” for the Jets to release a player who cost them games the last two years, like the Houston game in 2015, and the first New England game (gave up two touchdowns to a fourth-round rookie receiver – Malcolm Mitchell) in 2016?

These quotes are detached from reality

And I were coaching the Jets, I’d ask Buster, who is a great guy, to just worry about doing a better job at his own position. He didn’t play particularly well his first two seasons with the Jets.

April 10, 2017

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Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeld
Publisher of Jets Confidential Magazine. Call 1-800-932-4557 (M-F, 12-4) to subscribe. Co-host of Press Coverage every Saturday on SiriusXM NFL Radio from 11-2.

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