Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

30 Jun 2010

Darrelle Revis: None Shall Pass

Shawn Assael has this feature in the latest ESPN the Magazine about the amazing Darrelle Revis. You'll find an interesting tidbit in here that I gave Shawn from the Jets chapter of FOA 2010, using standard deviations to compare Revis' 2009 performance to what you would get from a similar "skill player." Also, there's a good point that, as well-known as Revis now is among football fans, very few us would actually recognize him on the street. Since this is a Magazine piece, though, it is ESPN Insider only.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 30 Jun 2010

12 comments, Last at 03 Jul 2010, 12:01pm by Sander


by dmb :: Wed, 06/30/2010 - 4:55pm

Hopefully this won't get me in trouble ... the FO reference is:

"To explain how dominating the 5-foot-11 Revis was in holding receivers to a 33 percent completion rate against him in coverage, while allowing a league-low 3.5 yards per attempt, the analysts at Football Outsiders had to reach across the line of scrimmage, declaring Revis' performance the equivalent of a wideout's breaking Jerry Rice's single-season record for receiving yards, or a QB's topping Dan Marino's iconic 1984 passing-yards total."

Sadly, the author gives absolutely no indication of what the basis was for that comparison, so the FO reference actually left me scratching my head a bit. Aaron, if you don't mind sharing, does this mean that Revis' z-score for YPA in 2009 was about the same as Rice's for receiving yards in 1995 and Marino's for passing yards in 1984?

by Bill Barnwell :: Wed, 06/30/2010 - 8:14pm

Yes. It's part of the Jets team essay in FOA2010.

by Theo :: Wed, 06/30/2010 - 8:18pm

Can I get FOA in the Netherlands?

by Vincent Verhei :: Wed, 06/30/2010 - 8:56pm

Yes. As I recall, the shipping rates to Europe are, um, prohibitive, but you can get the PDF for the same price as anyone else.

by TruFalcons (not verified) :: Wed, 06/30/2010 - 9:37pm

Shipping is not so bad if you include it in a larger order. A lot cheaper than paying hundreds of dollars for an International ESPN Insider subscription

by tuluse :: Wed, 06/30/2010 - 10:05pm

Europeans should order the ESPN magazine from the American Amazon and just send it to random address, then get insider.

If they want it.

by Sander :: Sat, 07/03/2010 - 12:01pm

ESPN offers a digital-only subscription for Europeans and others who don't want the paper version. I use it myself.

by Theo :: Wed, 06/30/2010 - 8:16pm

"Since this is a Magazine piece, though, it is ESPN Insider only."

Since this is Insider only, though, I

by TruFalcons (not verified) :: Wed, 06/30/2010 - 9:35pm

Can you please tag these Insider articles so I don't have to click on them? TIA.

by tally :: Wed, 06/30/2010 - 11:29pm

Big props for the Monty Python reference. I won't be able to see Revis give up a 5 yard out without thinking, "It's just a flesh wound."

by njjetfan12 :: Thu, 07/01/2010 - 12:38am

After a full year of game charting all of the Jets' games, I can say that I wish there were more articles that talked about just how unreal Revis's season was. I'm not sure if he'll be able to duplicate that performance this season, but either way, he was incredible to watch this season. There are tons of youtube highlights of his picks, but I wish someone could make a highlight of his pass deflections. His recovery speed, agility, and body control are all incredible.

by MM (not verified) :: Thu, 07/01/2010 - 10:19pm

I remember reading last year that Darelle Revis spent unreal amounts of time last offseason studying each #1 receiver that he was going to go up against in 2009. He watched every bodily movement to the point where he could almost perfectly run their routes as they were running them. Maybe this is SOP among defensive backs, but I swear it was an almost unbelievable (500? 1000? 1500?)number of hours watching tape. Combine this with what appears to be superior physical skills as well, and he appears almost unbeatable. I think the only way for a receiver to consistently beat him would be for them to A) be so physically gifted that they can consistently out-maneuver him for catches or B) develop new moves specificly for him that are not used in any prior games and to have a new wrinkle every time you play him. How many receivers have that kind of mental dedication and physical skill? Pre-1997 Jerry Rice? Anyone else?