- Associated Press - Thursday, December 1, 2011

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Darrelle Revis is not invincible after all.

Not against receivers catching passes against him. And, certainly not against critics.

It was so rare to see Buffalo’s Stevie Johnson beat the New York Jets cornerback for catch after catch last Sunday that some were left wondering: What’s wrong with Revis?

Well, absolutely nothing.


“The standards are so high because of how just ridiculously consistent he’s been and how well he’s played,” defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said. “So when he does give up a couple of completions, you’re like, `Wow, this guy is human.’ It’s hard to play a perfect season.”

However, with Revis, generally regarded as the NFL’s best cornerback, perfection is expected.

That’s not to say he doesn’t ever give up a reception, of course. But when Johnson was beating him on slant routes over and over again for eight catches and 75 yards, it was hard not to notice. Johnson also caught the only touchdown pass Revis has allowed this season.

It was by no means Revis‘ best performance, but was it really a bad game for Revis?

“That’s false,” safety Brodney Pool said. “Going into the game, we knew as a team that they like to chip away and we didn’t want to give up the big play. I think we did a good job of that. He caught what we gave him. It’s not like Reeve had a bad game. He still played well.”

Jets coach Rex Ryan said Revis was playing mostly in Cover Zero against Johnson, meaning the cornerback was in mostly man-to-man without any safety help to make up for any mistakes.

“He gave up 75 yards,” Ryan said. “And that’s if every one of the completions were against him in zero coverage the whole game. I’ll sign up for that each week. That’s a great performance. You’re in zero coverage and you give up 75 yards? That’s a pretty good performance.”

Pettine added that some of the coverages the Jets were in “really put Darrelle in a bind.”

“We were daring them to throw to that side and they did,” Pettine said. “They made some plays. Some of the slants that were called were in down and distances where we were more than willing to give those up. Again, you just get to that comfort level with Darrelle where he’s giving up some throws and you realize that it’s going to happen from time to time. But still, you just look at his body of work, it’s not even close.

“He’s the best corner in football.”

Pool added that outsiders focus too much on statistics, numbers that don’t tell the whole story.

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