06 September 2010
|How long did it take the ESPN New York people to design this? All 36 days, I bet.|
Now it's football season. Now I can look forward to next Monday night with the enthusiasm that it deserves. I would have driven the 536 miles in 48 hours with or without Revis, but now I'm guaranteed to have a smile on my face driving to New York, and likely an even bigger one on the way back to Happy Valley.
Nothing the Jets did this offseason mattered unless Revis was in uniform on Monday night, for better or for worse. No Faneca, T-Rich, or Thomas Jones. With Santonio, Cromartie, or LT. None of it mattered unless the team's, and in this humble scribe's opinion, the league's best player was in Green and White when the lights turned on Sept. 13.
Now that he's here, the pressure is back on. And you know what? It feels great. This is all you could ask for. Yes, the team has holes, very big holes in some cases, but now they have what could be a historically great defense. Everyone's role on the team and expectations of how they must perform have been readjusted. This is not Mark Sanchez's team, it is Darrelle Revis' team.
Lastly, I'd be remiss if I didn't thank Rex for this. His trip (with Woody Johnson, reportedly) clearly had a profound effect on Revis. The details of the contract are not staggering (four years, $46 million, $32 million guaranteed), so you get the feeling Revis was the one to green light the deal, not the Jets.
Super Bowl or bust.
Let's fucking do it.
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