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Darrelle Revis – Not Your Typical Rookie

September 20, 2007

Darrelle Revis

Scout.com has a nice feature on rookie Darrelle Revis and his early success as the new starting corner for the Jets.

Revis talks about working out while holding out so that he was ready to step in when he finally arrived:

“It’s something that I put on myself when I wasn’t here in the holdout.” Revis said of the obligation he felt toward grasping the playbook. “I stayed on my game, worked hard, and did what I had to do. So when I came back I wouldn’t let my teammates down.”

Revis is actually the stronger of the two corners on the Jets, and in reality he’s one of the best players on their defense:

It’s a well known fact that a young cornerback is usually viewed as easy prey for an offensive coordinator. Quarterbacks have been known to salivate at the opportunity to take advantage of an inexperienced DB. For some inexplicable reason, this has not been the case. It’s Revis’s counterpart, David Barrett, that seems to be the marked man.

“I don’t know if I earned that much respect.” Revis said. “Right now, I don’t really focus on that. I just focus on playing, and doing my job. If they come at me, I have to be ready to play. If they don’t, I still have to do other things. I have to play nickel and dime, and do other things on defense to help the team win.”

Teams are still throwing at him, as seen when he covered TO in week 1, but not as much as they usually do with rookie corners. I think that shows what a special player Revis really is, other teams don’t need to test him to find out that he’s the real deal; it’s obvious from watching film that he is.

So far this season Revis has 13 tackles (10 solo) and 2 passes defensed. He also dropped what could have been a very nice interception on Sunday. That theoretically (it’s very early, we know) puts him on pace for around 104 tackles (80 solo), 16 passes defensed and probably 2 picks. That would be a pretty awesome rookie year and although it’s unlikely, as bad as the Jets’ offense is and as much time as he’ll be spending on the field thanks to the rest of the Jets’ defense sucking…it is possible.

Curtis Martin Feels Bad For The Patriots

September 20, 2007

Even though Curtis isn’t in the pros anymore, he still keeps making news and as always is one of the more frequently mentioned Panthers around these parts. He was interviewed on The Best Damn Sports Show (click here for the clip on MSN), and of course the topic moved to his former employers and their video taping habits.

Martin said he feels for the Patriots organization, feels they didn’t need to do this but never says he doesn’t believe it was happening or anything like that. He does however say this is the first time he’s heard of anything like this, which none of the hosts seem to believe.

Other subjects were his potential to be in the Hall of Fame in 2011, and he says he thinks he has a great shot. If he’s not a first ballot inductee I don’t know who is.

There’s also a picture of Martin from his high school days and a mention of playing at Pitt. Check out the video link above.

In another interview, this one with Sports Business Journal, Martin talks about the behaviors of big money pro athletes. I got this story via Money Players, so check out their summary for a couple of the q&a’s, but you need to be a subscriber to SBJ to read the whole thing.

One more Martin note…when freshman LeSean McCoy went over 100 yards rushing against MSU on Saturday he was the first Panther freshman to have consecutive 100 yard days since Mr. Martin in 1991.

Celebrate Curtis Martin Day

September 13, 2007

The New York Jets are going to be honoring Curtis Martin during halftime of the team’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 18. Here is the information from the Jets’ official website. It doesn’t really give any specifics on what will be done to honor Martin, but it sounds like he will be honored for both his on and off the field accomplishments:

“Curtis Martin is one of the greatest running backs to ever play the game and his impact on the New York Jets and the National Football League will never be forgotten,” said Jets Chairman and CEO Woody Johnson.

“While millions of people witnessed his amazing accomplishments on the field, few knew the depths of his philanthropy off the field. His drive to give back, especially to the New York area that became his adopted home, will be his lasting legacy from which all of us can draw inspiration. As a player, Curtis approached philanthropy the same way he approached the game: with humility and grace.”

Since I’m sure a good number of Steelers fans will be making the trip, maybe someone can take some pictures and send them into us.

Curtis Martin, Movin’ On Up

September 12, 2007

Curtis Martin is making the Style/Entertainment/Gossip/Whatever sections of the New York papers today as the potential buyer of the most expensive apartment ever in Brooklyn. The yet to open One Brooklyn development has a penthouse apartment that is reportedly selling to Martin at $7.25 million dollars. Yeah. $7.25 million dollars. The next most expensive apartment ever sold in Brooklyn was a little over half that at $3.8 million. And they say the housing market is down!

Other than the picture up above I couldn’t find any pictures of the apartment, not sure if it is actually completed yet. The development’s website is just a bunch of “artist’s renderings”, but they look pretty awesome. I’m not sure if it’s $7.25 million worth of awesome, but I guess it’s all relative when you have that much money.  Here are some details from two New York Post articles (here and here):

  •  The apartment building sits amid an 85-acre park (did we mention this is in New York City? How much does 85 acres in New York City cost???)
  • 4,638 square feet ($1563.17 per square foot at the current price)
  • 360-degree views of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Four bathrooms
  • Private elevator to rooftop terrace

The park that the condo sits in will cost an estimated $15.2 million just to maintain every year. They don’t even expect to finish building the park for another 5 years. Heath Ledger, Rosie Perez and Steve Buscemi already live in the area of the building.

Curtis Martin, When not If

January 26, 2007

A lot of stories around the web today about our favorite Martin and his now quickly approaching retirement. Curtis had another surgery on his knee in December and it looks like the recovery hasn’t been going well enough for him to have one final year for the Jets. A shoe-in Hall of Famer, probably first-ballot, Martin will probably officially announce his retirement after the Super Bowl:

“I believe that we’re going to wait until afterwards so we can sit down and brainstorm on when the best time is for myself and for the team,” Martin said, regarding the front office’s involvement with the Senior Bowl and Super Bowl. “We’ll probably follow up after that. I’m just not really sure right now.”

Martin said he is looking forward to broadening his involvement in philanthropic endeavors once he has officially closed the book on his playing career. He said he has put aside 12 to 15 percent of every paycheck he has earned in the NFL for his self-funded foundation that helps the homeless, single mothers, inner-city children and others.

“While I was playing, I wanted to keep football as my focus and do what I could off the field when time permitted,” he said. “Now that that moves to the forefront and football seems to be somewhat behind me, I believe you’ll see more of what I’ve been doing and what I am planning to do.”

We did a story on one of Curtis’s charitable givings in September.

Martin will finish his career as the NFL’s fourth-leading rusher with over 14,000 rushing yards and 90 rushing touchdowns.

The one positive to this may be that if Ruben Brown also retires after winning the Super Bowl this year and somehow makes first-time ballot entry as well, Pitt would have two players being inducted in the same class.

Curtis Martin is Charitable

September 15, 2006

Curtis Martin and Tom Coughlin

Curtis Martin can’t help the Jets on the field until at least week six of the NFL season, but tonight he’ll be helping New York Giants’ head coach Tom Coughlin’s Jay Foundation:

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and Jets running back Curtis Martin will be teammates for an evening to benefit children’s charities when the duo host the second annual Pigskin Ball on Friday night, September 15, at Cipriani at 42nd Street in New York City.

The gala and dinner will benefit the Tom Coughlin Jay Foundation, for families going through the crisis of a child with cancer, and the National Enforcement and Firefighters Children’s Foundation. 

Barlow learns from Martin, battles for playing time

September 5, 2006

Two features in two separate New York papers are dedicated to former Panther Kevan Barlow today. I was expecting articles like these in the day or so after Barlow was picked up, but I think his comments about his former coach probably delayed the personal pieces a while.

The New York Times article goes a long way to prove that Barlow isn’t the locker room problem that the articles from last week might have made him out to be. Kevan has been staying afterpractice to watch film with assistant coaches and with fellow Pitt alumnist Curtis Martin, who is currently on the PUP list:

Jets running back Kevan Barlow admitted with a sheepish smile that he watched Curtis Martin watching film Monday morning. He then listened carefully when Martin asked questions about what he had just seen.

“He doesn’t know that I’m watching him,” Barlow said, “but I’m watching.”

Mangini said that Barlow had impressed him by working with assistant coaches before and after meetings. Barlow, a second-stringer to Derrick Blaylock since joining the team, will practice more with the first team.

“He’s really working to get the playbook down,” Mangini said. “The positive thing about game-planning is the playbook goes from ‘War and Peace’ to something a lot more manageable, because it’s so opponent-specific. That’s actually what gives you a little bit of an edge when you bring in new players and transition them into your system.”

Nice to see Kevan putting in the extra effort, trying to learn a new system extremely quickly and even be a team leader. His main goal is to be the starting running back, although that seems to be a by committee job for now:

Barlow has more than three times as many N.F.L. rushing yards as the other three candidates for the Jets’ starting position combined, but he has not grabbed the job.

Just how much yardage Barlow can produce in Martin’s absence will begin to be revealed Sunday, although Jets Coach Eric Mangini has not said publicly which running back — if any — will receive most of the carries.

Barlow did not carry the ball in the Jets’ preseason finale Friday against Philadelphia. He gained 11 yards on 3 carries in the preseason with the Jets, far behind Cedric Houston (44 carries for 178 yards), Derrick Blaylock (25-93) and Leon Washington (20-59).

Mangini said Monday that Washington, a fourth-round draft choice from Florida State, would be considered for carries — even though the competition was thought to have been among Blaylock, Houston and Barlow. Washington, who said that when he arrived in camp he thought there was “no light at the end of the tunnel,” has stood out on special teams.

Barlow, in his sixth season out of the University of Pittsburgh, said he was not alarmed that he was not progressing as quickly as he wanted. The Jets’ offense is similar to the one used in San Francisco, he said, but he has had to learn a lot on the move.

The New York Daily News article also focuses on Barlow’s efforts to gain more carries in the offense:

It looks like the Jets will employ a committee, and that Derrick Blaylock will be the titular starter. Blaylock averaged a modest 3.7 yards per carry during the preseason, but he has the advantage of having been with the team since Eric Mangini took over, allowing him to get a better grasp of the playbook. Barlow has been watching and learning since gaining 11 yards on his three carries Aug. 25 against the Giants, when he also fumbled and committed a holding penalty.

Cedric Houston and even Leon Washington, the small but skilled rookie kick returner, also will compete for touches.

I have no idea what “titular” means and I’m too lazy to look it up, but kudos to the writer for using a word like that. The writer also touches on Barlow’s public relations recovery since his remarks last week:

At least he’s stopped putting his foot in his mouth. Three days after the Jets traded for him, Barlow was quoted in the Contra Costa Times comparing 49ers coach Mike Nolan to Adolf Hitler. (Barlow quickly apologized.) Yesterday, when handed multiple opportunities to gripe about his lack of use, Barlow didn’t bite.

“Whatever helps the team,” he said. “Whoever the running back is, it doesn’t matter. As long as it helps us win games, it doesn’t matter to me.”

So Barlow has a good grasp of company PR policy. But what about the job?

“I’m ready to play,” Barlow said. “This week is going to be important for me to learn, to go out there and get some mental reps. But I hope I’m ready. I think I’m ready.”  


Curtis Martin, unable to perform physically

August 31, 2006

Curtis Martin

Just didn’t have time to get to this story yesterday…The Jets have officially placed Curtis Martin on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. This wasn’t unexpected, as it was pretty apparent through training camp that he wouldn’t be ready for the start of the season. He continued to state that was his goal, but everyone knew that was pretty much impossible.

There were a ton of articles around the web on this yesterday, so there’s really not much to report here that we haven’t already covered.

This is the basic breakdown of the PUP list for the uninformed, from Newsday.com:

Under NFL rules, Curtis Martin cannot participate in team practices or be activated until after Week 6. Then there is a 21-day window through Week 9, during which a decision can be reached about adding him to the roster. There is a similar 21-day window after Week 9. Translation: He can be activated between Week 6 and Week 12.

The surgery that led to Martin being held out of camp this year actually took place last December:

…he reported to training camp last month and was immediately put on the PUP list because he had not recovered from surgery on his right knee in December. That development did what tacklers couldn’t do for the past 11 seasons: shut down the dogged running back who has gained 14,101 yards.

“The hardest thing for me this year was not going out there the first day of camp. That was like a total perspective shift,” Martin said. “That’s never happened to me, but that prepared me in case I wasn’t able to go out for the first game. The way I work, I kind of deal with things initially and then I’m OK with them.”

Martin remains optimistic, and pretty much refuses to talk about retirement:

Martin, 33, refused to disclose details about his knee, as per Mangini’s team-wide policy of not discussing injuries, and he wouldn’t confirm reports that he has the dreaded bone-on-bone condition. He also refused to be pessimistic about his prospects of playing for the Jets again.

“You expect the best, and that’s the way I approach everything,” he said. “I’ve been confident a long time.”

Has he considered that his long career might be over?

“Retirement is one of those things. It happens when it happens,” Martin said. “My mind is just not there. What keeps me going more than anything is the commitment that I have to the team. I don’t know a plainer way to say that.”

We’re all hoping Martin somehow comes out of this and is able to get those 899 yards he needs to hit 15,000. If he does, he’s going to have to do it in a considerably shortened season on a pretty bad Jets team. If he really wants to play again, the best option might be to just take this year off and do whatever it is he needs to do to get the knee healthy for one more season. His team may be better next year, and he’d have a full season to run at the 15k mark.

Saturday News Wrap – Hayes, Petitti, Wilson, Martin, Lee

August 26, 2006

Just some news blurbs from around the NFL. Nothing major, so figured I’d just throw these all in a notebook style post.

A few articles in Arizona have noted what we reported here last week, Gerald Hayes has seemingly locked up the starting MLB spot for the Cardinals. azcentral.com:

Gerald Hayes started at middle linebacker and has apparently won that job.

East Valley Tribune:

As expected, Gerald Hayes got the start at middle linebacker and should remain the starter.

Rob Petitti will start if Flozell Adams can’t go on Saturday. We reported that here yesterday. The news today from the Cowboys official site is Parcells has said he may still be a candidate to start at right tackle, where he started all 16 games as a rookie:

Parcells also hasn’t officially named a starting center or right tackle yet. Andre Gurode worked at first-team center for most of training camp, but Parcells has said last year’s starter, Al Johnson, is better suited against the 4-3 defenses Dallas will face exclusively after Saturday’s game.

Parcells plans to rotate Jason Fabini and Marc Colombo at right tackle for the second consecutive game. Last year’s starter, Rob Petitti, will play left tackle again Saturday, but Parcells says he’s still a candidate on the right side. The Cowboys will need Petitti to rotate with seven-round pick Pat McQuistan if Flozell Adams (strained calf muscle) doesn’t play.

Kris Wilson is featured as one of the “Five Things to Know” about the Kansas City Chiefs on cbssportsline.com:

Maybe this is the season tight end Kris Wilson makes a name for himself. Wilson, who was supposed to be a weapon, hasn’t been a factor in his two NFL seasons — with only three catches in 17 games. But that might change, with Wilson more involved in the offense at practices and coaches more determined to get him the ball. I know, it’s tough when you play the same position as Tony Gonzalez, but expect the Chiefs to use two tight ends … maybe three … more than they have in the past.

The author doesn’t mention that Kris sat out almost an entire year with an injury. This is the latest in a series of articles in the last month that say Wilson will be in a lot of two and three tight end sets in KC this season. That might be how they will make up for hte loss of some key lineman up front as well.

Curtis Martin gets another feature article saying he wasn’t recognized enough in the last decade. Odd that the people writing these articles are probably some of the guilty reporters they are pointing to. This time it’s the Sporting News telling us what we already knew, that Martin was one of the best ever:

There goes one of the greatest players in NFL history.

I’m talking about Curtis Martin, the fourth-leading rusher of all time, whose degenerative knee could throw him for a career-ending loss. Ten months after having arthroscopic surgery, Martin is nowhere near ready for some football. He is on the Jets’ physically unable to perform (PUP) list and has been rehabbing behind the scenes during training camp. The chances of him playing again are not looking good.

Even if Martin doesn’t return for a 12th NFL season, which always has been his goal, he has secured his place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His 14,101 rushing yards rank behind only Emmitt Smith (18,355), Walter Payton (16,726) and Barry Sanders (15,269). And Martin and Sanders are the only players to rush for at least 1,000 yards in each of their first 10 seasons.

At least they’ve finally noticed, I guess better late than never.

As reported here last week, Andy Lee is indeed battling for his job in San Francisco:

Competition still exists at punter between veteran Tom Rouen and incumbent Andy Lee, at free safety between Mike Adams and Mark Roman and with the trio of Kwame Harris, Justin Smiley and Adam Snyder at right guard and right tackle.

Tribute to Curtis Martin

August 25, 2006

Curtis Martin

The Albany Times Union has a really good piece on Martin and Tiki Barber today, speaking both to their longevity and their excellence as “the best running backs in New York City football history”:

For all these years we took Curtis Martin for granted, because he never was the swiftest or flashiest running back — but may have been the humblest.

When the Jets and Giants played their annual exhibition game, we never considered we were watching the best running backs in New York City football history, Martin and Tiki Barber, who has supplanted Hall of Famer Frank Gifford as the Giants’ finest.

He then goes on to say Martin is NOT among the ten best running backs of all time. I probably agree with this, but he is just outside that group. It is truly amazing the things Martin has done in his career playing in the capital of the world, and almost no one knows about him compared to other backs who haven’t done as much as he has:

Martin is not among the top 10 all-time running backs, but he was as tough as beef jerky, as strong for his size as a double espresso, and uncommonly consistent.

Martin and Barry Sanders are the only two players to begin their careers with 10 consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

The NFL’s all-time rushing list astounds, as well:

1. Emmitt Smith

2. Walter Payton

3. Barry Sanders

4. Curtis Martin

Unless you’re a Jets fan or avid reader of the NFL record book, you wouldn’t know that.

I guess to be a star in today’s NFL you’re better off mouthing off and riding an excercise bike instead of practicing than you are rushing for almost 2,000 yards in a season.