Jets’ Revis Brushes Aside Rare Off Game vs. Bills

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.

“We were basically rolling the coverage away from him,” he said. “It’s a situation where he didn’t let the guy get behind him. He doesn’t listen to any of that. He understands it all. He knows the responsibility that comes with being him.”

It has been a unique week as the Jets found themselves defending their star cornerback, who has shut down some of the game’s best receivers over the last few seasons with regular dominance. Just ask Andre Johnson, Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall, Vincent Jackson, Randy Moss and Chad Ochocinco.

“Monday, we looked at the film, got the corrections and then you move on, just like any other game,” Revis said. “We won the game. I don’t care if somebody catches 20 balls for 200 yards and four touchdowns. If we win the game, that’s really what it’s about. It’s a team effort and it’s about just winning. That’s really what it is.”

That might not be entirely true, though. Revis’ teammates and coaches have often talked about how the cornerback gets angry if he allows a reception even during practice. So, watching game film of his performance against Buffalo had even Washington coach Mike Shanahan caught a bit off guard.

“He wasn’t ready for that, because nobody does that,” Shanahan said of Buffalo challenging Revis. “Probably caught him a little bit by surprise. I don’t think anybody’s going to catch him by surprise anymore. You might do that once, but that’s not going to happen again.”

Shanahan and his Redskins will get a firsthand look at Revis, whom the Washington coach expects to be at his usual high level again.

“Yeah, I can guarantee you that will happen because he’s done it throughout the year against some excellent football players,” Shanahan said. “He’s in a class by himself as far as I’m concerned.”

So, Rex Grossman shouldn’t throw to Revis’ side of the field this weekend?

“Not too often, anyhow,” Shanahan said.

Revis appreciated Shanahan’s comments, but insists he’ll be ready for anything against the Redskins.

“I don’t know, it might be reversed, him wanting me to relax and then they do come after me,” Revis said. “I prepare the same way every week, and every week I approach it the same. So, I just focus on what I need to do as a player for this team to just try to get a win.”

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Big Yardage Out of Nowhere for the Bills

“A monster,” Coach Rex Ryan called Jackson.

“Born again,” the Jets’ defensive coordinator, Mike Pettine, said.

“He’s just playing at another level,” safety Jim Leonhard said.

When the Jets were not praising Jackson last week, they were devising ways to contain him in Sunday’s A.F.C. East showdown on the road against the first-place . Only Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears has amassed more yards from scrimmage than Jackson (1,074), who is as dangerous rushing with the ball (five 100-yard games) as he is catching it (an eye-popping 13.1 yards a catch).

He is big enough, at 6 feet 1 inch and 215 pounds, to and divert onrushing blitzers. He is fast enough to turn the corner and sprint down the sideline. According to the Web site , Jackson has avoided 27 tackles and rushed for 506 yards after contact, best among A.F.C. running backs in those categories.

“I think it’s a disrespectful thing to say that he’s different than he was before, because he’s been that workhorse since I was a member of that team,” said Jets linebacker Aaron Maybin, who played for Buffalo the past two seasons. “He was always the guy that when we needed a big play or when we needed a consistent ground game or even in the passing game, we would look to Fred.”

In seven previous games against Jackson, the Jets have largely handled him, limiting him to 3.2 yards a carry. He is now Buffalo’s feature back, no longer obscured by Marshawn Lynch, and the Bills are concocting ways to get the ball to him more than ever.

Driving that creativity is a spread offense that forces defenses to respect quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has thrown for 14 touchdowns in seven games, as much as Jackson. Many teams that deploy three or four receivers do not run the ball well, Pettine said. The Bills, with Jackson averaging an A.F.C.-best 103 yards a game, are an exception.

“It’s a perfect system for him,” Leonhard said. “Not only is he good in space, but when you get one-on-one with him, you see how many guys he’s making miss. If there are unblocked guys — defensive linemen, linebackers, secondary, whatever — it doesn’t matter. He runs right by them.”

Even though the Bills love spreading opposing defenses, they do so, Leonhard said, to run the ball. As Ryan said several times last week, the Bills actually have more rushing attempts this season — 195 to 177 — than the Jets, who have thwarted some running backs (Ryan Mathews, Felix Jones, Ray Rice) but not others (Darren McFadden, BenJarvus Green-Ellis). When Green-Ellis gained 136 yards against them Oct. 9, the Jets often flooded the field with defensive backs or linebackers, hoping to deter Tom Brady from passing. On Sunday, Pettine said, they will at times take the opposite approach, daring the Bills to throw, so concerned are they about Jackson, 30.

“Our priority coming in is we have to be at our best up front to stop the run,” Pettine said, “because that sets up everything they do.”

At their best, the Jets lean on tackle Mike DeVito, a supreme run stopper, to clog the middle. But a knee injury may sideline him for a second consecutive game, and the availability of his replacement, the rookie Kenrick Ellis (ankle), will also be a game-time decision. Their unavailability could compel Buffalo to run more.

Or, given the Bills’ diversified passing offense, it may not have any effect.

When the Bills throw, Jackson is a critical part of their plans. His pass-catching ability can make him a matchup nightmare for linebackers, and the Bills will almost certainly try to exploit that mismatch, whether by putting him in motion wide before the snap or by lining him up at receiver in an empty backfield.

“He’s a legit receiving threat,” Pettine said, “whereas some guys you know you can put somebody out there, but you really don’t have to worry about them.”

Coming off their bye week, the Jets have had two weeks to prepare for Jackson, and they want to curb him by bottling up the screen pass, a play Buffalo operates with conviction and, often, success. From studying videotape last week, the Jets noticed that Jackson was most effective coming out of the backfield untouched, permitted to run his route without disruption.

“We have to get our hands on him,” linebacker Jamaal Westerman said, emphasizing the word have.

The Jets have no other options — not Sunday, not against Jackson, dismissed and discounted no more.

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Given Second Chance, Jets Linebacker Maybin Thrives

“He’s definitely a loud guy,” Josh Mauga, another Jets reserve linebacker, said with a smile Friday. “I don’t think he has a whisper.”

The Jets picked up Maybin on Aug. 17 after he was waived by the , who took him in the first round of the 2009 N.F.L. draft with the 11th overall pick. Maybin, referred to as Maybe by disappointed Bills fans, could not squeeze onto the Jets’ roster, either.

Three games into the season, was looking to improve his team’s pass rush, so he took one more chance on Maybin. Maybin has made Ryan look smart. In 32 total defensive snaps in the last three games, Maybin has two sacks and three forced fumbles, tied for the league lead.

Maybin forced two fumbles Monday in the Jets’ 24-6 victory over Miami. He said he had not changed anything about the way he was playing from either Buffalo or his first time with the Jets, but he looks different to the coaches.

“He’s a passionate guy, and his motor is running,” Ryan said Friday. “He made a great play a couple of weeks ago. He’s on the ground, gets back up, forces the fumble about 15 yards downfield. He’s playing with a relentless motor, and he’s playing fast. Sometimes, you know, it just clicks.”

The defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said this week that Maybin may understand the Jets’ defense — and his role in it — better than he did in training camp. He may be more committed to learning the defense this time around.

Maybin weighs 228 pounds, relatively light for a linebacker, and his job, for now, is to rush the quarterback. Against the Dolphins, he played just 19 defensive snaps.

“I can’t really speak on what happened in Buffalo, but he’s a guy I think may have matured some,” Pettine said. “And I think just putting him into certain roles and not exposing him to too much, I think, will be good for us early on. Then, as I think he becomes more and more comfortable, we’ll see him on the field more.”

Jamaal Westerman has replaced Bryan Thomas, who will miss the rest of the season with a torn Achilles’ tendon, as one of the starting outside linebackers. Ryan said Friday that he would like to use several players at the position, “almost like a platoon situation in the outfield.”

Maybin is just happy to have another opportunity to play. Even after the Bills and the Jets cut him in less than a month, he thought he would get a chance to play somewhere.

“I’m attacking this opportunity very hard,” he said. “But that’s always just been the way I’ve played. Anybody who’s ever watched me play, whether it’s high school, college or now, they’d be able to say the exact same stuff. I’ve always been a extra-hype guy, a high-energy guy, a high-motor guy.”

When told Pettine’s comment that he seemed like a different player, Maybin said, “Maybe it’s an indication that they think I’m a little more focused, but that’s something I’ve always done.”

He, too, is disappointed with how his two years in Buffalo turned out. After signing a five-year, $25 million contract with the Bills ($14 million of it guaranteed), Maybin, from Penn State, had only 24 tackles and no sacks in 27 regular-season games.

Maybin was referred to as a bust. Asked if the experience might have been the best thing that could have happened to him, Maybin frowned and said, “That would be the easy thing for me to say, but it would be a lie.”

He added: “It was a humbling experience; it was an experience that after I had gone through with it, I was stronger for having gone through it. But was it something that needed to happen, or something I felt was necessary? I couldn’t say that.”

After playing the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, the Jets will have a bye, then will play Maybin’s former team twice in three weeks. Maybin said he would also be lying if he said he was not looking forward to those games.

But he added: “I don’t hold contempt for the Buffalo Bills, you know what I mean? At the end of the day, my time was a learning experience, and it taught me a lot about myself and the adversity I’ve had to fight back from.”

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