Darrelle Revis, the best cornerback in the NFL, is out for the season with a torn ACL, the Jets just announced. What a devastating blow to the Jets, who just got lucky to beat Miami, 23-20 in overtime, and improve to 2-1. Revis, without question, is the most important player on the team, and arguably as valuable to New York as Tom Brady is to the Patriots. Defensively, this will force the Jets to change everything, since Revis was good enough to handle the team’s best opposing receiver without safety help.
The Jets, who already have safety issues – Bell, Landry and Smith might be the worst trio in the AFC – play the 49ers, Texans, Colts and Patriots next in a stretch that will likely determine the season.
In place of Revis, the Jets will turn to 3rd year corner Kyle Wilson – a first round pick who has been a bust, and committed a terrible pass interference call Sunday that helped Miami get into position for a game-tying field goal – as the starter.
The Jets’ defense – overrated by the pundits to begin with (something I detailed in the season preview) – now will put more pressure on the offense to produce.
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