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Loss of Revis could torpedo Jets

9/24/2012 - NFL Darrelle Revis New York Jets + more

A Monday morning MRI confirmed the New York Jets' worst fear: Star corner Darrelle Revis will require surgery on his torn ACL and is presumably out for the remainder of the season.

Revis is regarded as not only the league's top defensive back but also one of its top overall players, so the loss is an epic blow to the Jets' defense. Now New York must move on. But what does that mean for a defensive scheme built around the unique coverage ability of Revis? How do the Jets replace him? Can they replace him? After reviewing game tape on Revis and his likely replacements, it certainly appears doubtful.

Schematic adjustments

Despite similarities in philosophy and scheme, one of the main reasons that Jets coach Rex Ryan's defense has always looked more formidable than twin brother Rob's in Dallas is that Rex has had Revis. The star corner's ability to lock down an opponent's top receiver by shadowing him across the field allows the Jets to roll coverage to the other side, something that usually would be exposed if Revis could not hold up on an island.