- Gary Horton, Scouts Inc.
When a key player goes down with a significant injury, it often changes the schemes and personnel packages that coaches can utilize. The ability to adjust to these injuries is a real challenge for the entire organization, but it hits some teams harder than others.
Based on the talent of the injured player and the difficulty in replacing that talent on the field, I've ranked the most impactful injuries of the young 2012 season. Let's take a look at the drastic impact these absences will have on their teams.
CB Darrelle Revis, New York Jets (Knee)
Revis is out for the year and he simply cannot be replaced by one player. Kyle Wilson will move to the No. 1 corner with Antonio Cromartie as the No. 1 guy and Ellis Lankster promoted to No. 3. When the Jets go to nickel packages, Wilson will move back to his customary slot cover spot and Lankster will play outside. However, none of these corners really scares any defense, and if the Jets have to go any deeper into their sub-packages, they will really be in trouble.
Gary Horton ranks and analyzes the impact of 2012's injuries, noting that the Jets' loss of Darrelle Revis is the season's most damaging injury yet.