With less than two weeks remaining before the commencement of the 2010 NFL regular season, the New York Jets still have yet to come to terms on a contract extension with cornerback Darrelle Revis. Many thought the impasse would have been resolved by now; others may be less surprised that the Jets have held their ground and not caved into the exorbitant demands of the undeniably talented Revis.
On Monday, SI.com published an article that suggests that Rex Ryan and his crew are growing more and more confident that they can in fact survive just fine without Revis. In fact, the recent injury to pass rusher Calvin Pace doesn’t seem to be fazing Ryan.
“We’ll get it done,‘’ coach Rex Ryan said Monday. "This is what we do. We’re a team defense. That’s why I know our defense will play great. There’s not a question in my mind that we’ll play great. We play great team defense.’’
Vernon Gholston, who’s yet to deliver much in his first two NFL seasons, will be expected to pick up some of the slack on Pace’s absence, but he too isn’t concerned that the Jets’ chances are greatly diminished because of the potential absence of two playmakers on defense:
“Obviously, you’re talking about two great players and overall, in your mindset, you’ll miss them, but it’s about all of us going out there and making something happen,‘’ Gholston said. "The way we’re set up, it’s not just one guy. That being said, everybody else has to step up and keep the defense being No. 1.’’