Posted September 05, 2013

Break it Down: Why Geno Smith had better be watching tape on Darrelle Revis

AFC East, Break It Down, Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets, NFC East, NFC South, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Geno Smith might want to re-think his film study priorities.

Geno Smith might want to re-think his film study priorities. (Al Pereira/Getty Images)

If he’s healthy, former New York Jets and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis is clearly one of the best — if not the best — at his position. Revis trails speed receivers as well as anyone we’ve ever seen, and he’s very savvy when it comes to baiting quarterbacks, playing off of intended receivers and then closing to the ball when the quarterback did not expect him to. When Revis was making hay for the Jets from 2007 through ’11 (he missed most of the 2012 season with a knee injury), he was the pointman for a defense with all sorts of different looks from front to back, and though Tampa Bay’s defensive concepts will be different, the point is still the same: When your main receiver is covered by Revis, you must know Revis’ tendencies.

Tape study generally helps a lot with things like that … but according to Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith — who faces Revis’ Bucs on Sunday — that’s not part of the plan.

“I mean, I don’t think it’s necessary,” Smith told the New York Daily News on Wednesday. “Maybe I will, maybe I won’t. You pretty much get the idea of what kind of player he is based on his reputation. I mean, we all know about Revis.

“Basically from talking to Mark [Sanchez], talking to our personnel guys around here. If you talk to anyone in this locker room they’ll let you know [that a] healthy [Revis is] one of the best if not the best corner in the game. He’s the guy you definitely have to pay attention to on the field.”

Well, yeah.

Now, before we go completely off the cliff regarding Smith’s seemingly lackadaisical attitude regarding tape study on Revis, we should remember two things: First, players often try to slow-roll the media, and Smith may be cramming as much old Revis tape into his brain as humanly possible. Second, the Jets’ staff will give Smith certain tips and clues regarding Revis’ tendencies, and they’ll know what those tendencies are better than anyone else. Unless the plan is just to avoid Revis and whomever he covers, and Smith wouldn’t be the first quarterback instructed to stay the heck off of Revis Island no matter what.

Still, the statement is curious. Revis found it especially humorous.

“I don’t understand why he didn’t study me, because I will be on the opposite side. But I don’t know what their gameplan is or what their preparation is and personally, I don’t know what Geno’s preparation is. But I would hope that if you’re playing against another opponent, you should study everybody on the opposing team. If that’s the case, that’s the case. I’m studying him. Just to let him know, I’m studying him. I guess we’ll just leave it at that.”

When it comes to Revis’ on-field acumen and how it plays out on the field, one play always comes to mind — his game-saving interception of a Tony Romo pass in the Jets’ 27-24 win over the Dallas Cowboys in the 2011 season opener for both teams. With 59 seconds left in the game, the Jets set up a trap call, looking to lure Romo into thinking that he had receiver Dez Bryant covered by Revis with no help over the top. In a case like that, the thought would be for Revis to keep pace with Bryant down the sideline — he wouldn’t turn to focus on the ball because if he loses the footrace, Bryant has an easy trek into the end zone.

Romo thinks he sees a Cover-0 blitz. In this situation, he would have a straight-up matchup of Dez Bryant and Darrelle Revis (circled) with no help over the top.

Romo thinks he sees Cover-0. In this situation, he would have a straight-up matchup of Dez Bryant and Darrelle Revis (circled) with no help over the top.

Pre-snap, safety Brodney Pool reinforces the disguised coverage by cheating a step inside. But at the snap, Pool runs as quickly as possible to the sideline, and the game is on.

Pre-snap, safety Brodney Pool reinforces the disguised coverage by cheating a step inside, presumably to cover TE Jason Witten out of the backfield. But at the snap, Pool (red square) runs as quickly as possible to the sideline, and the game is on.

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Revis could jump the route because Pool was set over the top. Romo didn’t adjust his read for the trap from man to zone coverage, and a Revis pick was the result.

Revis has been baiting quarterbacks, and playing beautifully in disguised NFL coverages, since Geno Smith was throwing it around at Miramar High School in Florida. And if Smith wants to survive the Revis induction, he’d better be cramming for finals all week.

33 comments
Ray1950
Ray1950

I am as far from being a Jets fan as anyone could ever be, but the kid played well today.  Not Hall of Fame caliber, but for his first game, he did okay.

b00bs
b00bs

Wow. Really people? Why the hell does he need to watch film on Revis? Was he on the Bucs last season? Did he play in the preseason? What good would come of watching film on Revis playing on the Jets defense pre-surgery? "Well here is Revis intercepting a pass against Romo. It was a complex coverage that the Jets us...wait who are we playing this week?". Dumb all around. Smith is watching film on the Bucs. And for all the people that dont believe Revis was the best while he was playing wasnt paying attn and using bs stats like INTs. QBs didnt throw towards Revis. And if you want to look up a stat, please let me know what the QB Rating was when throwing at the guy Revis was covering. no one came close.

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

Why does the media continue to buy into the Revis hype? This "best in the game" corner has averaged all of THREE interceptions per season. The Jets were mostly a terrible team when he was there and the Bucs show little sign of making the playoffs this season. Revis Island consists largely of holding, hooking and illegal down field chucks.

geoAZ
geoAZ

Simms will be starting by halftime !

help4mac1
help4mac1

Last night Parcells went on the record, "Play Simms". Are the Jets listening? 

So many of NFL teams are slow to give un-drafted or lower drafted players a chance. 

My guess is Smith won't make it to the end of the game.

funtasticus
funtasticus

Simple game plan - don't throw towards revis on anything except a bomb.  I would screen his way to running back -- make him get off blocks and try to make tackles.   If he lines up against Hill I have Hill run a deep post the way the Pats did to Revis after his hold out -- he got burned and pulled his hamstring.  Revis can say he is ready but he hasn't played in a game since last October and chasing a guy running a 4.4 isn't going to be easy.

jimmyjon_55555
jimmyjon_55555

are you people all that dumb?  OF COURSE HES STUDYING REVIS!  wtf man.  hes just messing with the media.   you think hes going to say "yes ive been studying revis closely and i know everything about him- and i know he jumps routes and baits quarterbacks"   jesus.   

Bahia
Bahia

Geno's plan is simple.  You don't throw to the guy that Revis covers for the entire game.  No need to study tapes with that plan.

Ason
Ason

Good to see that top notch WVU education being put to use.Gheezus...

sportsGuy12
sportsGuy12

why study the tape? odds are he'll throw 2 picks to Revis anyway

Whatever
Whatever

IF this is true, we get to enjoy the Jets being abysmal for another 3-5 years! Wha-hoooo!

garyo
garyo

He won't need to worry about Revis, he'll be running for his life.

Baconpizza
Baconpizza

Go after Revis early and often.  You can bet he'll be a little rusty in his first game back.

joe6647
joe6647

Who needs to study your opponents tendencies.  Its not like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers or those guys are students of the game or anything

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

I AGREE with Geno, why do something that could possible gain an edge on your opponent that doesn't involve dirty play of spygate 
 
Million dollar skills and two cent brains all over pro sports
 
When will these idiots realize on the pro level everyone is equal it's your brain/ work ethics that separates the washouts from the superstars and learning to say, No comment is not bad either.

BillieBob
BillieBob

Sounds like a perfect fit for that team...

gakukai
gakukai

Article is just trying to garner some interest in a game between two lousy teams. That is all.

touseyd
touseyd

signs of a franchise QB allready... great job NY

jimmyjon_55555
jimmyjon_55555

@Ason youre actually a bigger idiot for actually believing what geno said.  you really dont think hes studying revis based on some half baked article?  even the clown who wrote the article said that geno is ROLLING the media.  

jimmyjon_55555
jimmyjon_55555

@Whatever fact- jets in the last 15 years have been to 3 championship games and 7 playoff appearances with 7 playoff wins.   better than the cowboys, dolphins, bills, raiders, etc etc etc... last year was the jets first losing season in 6 years.   hows your team doing?  must be a pats fan to talk that smack

jimmyjon_55555
jimmyjon_55555

@Baconpizza totally agree with you on this...  i think that rex made revis better being more defensive minded - well see how tampa uses him  

funtasticus
funtasticus

@friendly--neighborhood--scrawler you cold study Revis on old Jet film, but the defense in Tampa is different.  Will they use Revis the same way in his first game back from injury?  Will they put him on an island against a receiver or play more zone? Will they protect him a bit and ease him back in to game speed?  What youcan say about revis is if he plays like the Jets Revis he will be up tight, physical, and someone you avoid.

Whatever
Whatever

@friendly--neighborhood--scrawler They'll never realize that. It's why there will always be people with tremendous talent who bust, because they can't handle the mental part of the game. In college, often you can overcome scheme and technique by simply being better physically. Not so in the NFL.

jimmyjon_55555
jimmyjon_55555

@touseyd i swear nobody reads anymore....  you must have missed where the clown who actually posted this nonsense article acknowledges that geno is prob not being truthful with his answer.  

touseyd
touseyd

@Richard--Ramirez hilarious. good one. a racial joke ive never heard before. give yourself a pat on the back. were dying over here. dont quit your day job(if you have one)

scBlais
scBlais

@touseyd @Richard--Ramirez Because he implied that Geno, an individual person is dumb for what he said you drew the conclusion that all black people were being lumped in as dumb?  So, who's the racist?

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

@touseyd @Richard--Ramirez why is that automatically a racial joke?

What's study mean is a crack at dumb jocks... and many dumb jocks are white...

Geno's comment is very telling just as he showed his mental fortitude, or lack of it, when he said he wasn't going back to the draft headquarters the next day after he wasn't selected in the first round.

Yes, someone around him talked him out of it and he did go back, but his reaction and statement to the press that he wasn't going to return should let people know that he has some growing up to do...

And a statement where he says he might not watch tape on an opponent confirms that he still has some growing up to do... it has nothing to do with race...



olansuddeth
olansuddeth

@touseyd @Richard--Ramirez The only person to mention race was you.  Not studying film on an elite opponent is foolish and lazy beyond belief, no matter what color you are.