Originally written September 28, 2012 on Football Nation:
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Like many great nations, the collapse of Revis Island is detrimental to all of its neighbors. The ability of Revis Island to shut down any enemies was how the cornerback made his reputation.But, like many prosperous nations, the most impressive trait was how he elevated all of his allies.Sure, Darelle Revis can play suffocating man-to-man coverage with the best. And many great receivers have disappeared on Revis Island like they entered the Bermuda Triangle.But Revis’ tue value was his versatility in man or zone coverage. He allowed Rex Ryan to be creative and daring in coverage and blitz packages.The type of zone that many of the great defensive minds, from Dick LeBeau to Nick Sban, was perfect for Revis’ abilities. The route-recognition zone allowed the defenses to identify routes first, then cover receivers in a more man-style coverage after they identified the concept as it developed.This technique is essential to the concepts that Revis allowed Ryan to run, and is one of the ma...
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