Back when Darrelle Revis was on the other side of the rivalry between the New England Patriots and New York Jets, he despised Bill Belichick (as just about everyone on the Jets side of thing does) and even famously called Belichick a jerk when appearing on SportsCenter. But times have changed now that Revis signed with the Patriots to hopefully turn their defense into a dominant force, and it’s clear that those ill-advised comments are way in the past.
In fact, Revis has changed his tune so much that he recently called Belichick a “player’s coach”, which is something both Wes Welker and Brandon Spikes are probably scratching their heads at.
He said, via ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, “He’s a great coach. I really respect him for winning three [Super Bowl] championships. Another thing, I feel like he’s a player coach. A lot of people might not say that on the outside looking in, but we’re with Bill every day. We hang out with him every day. We’re in the meetings with him every day so we’re around him all the time. I really feel like he’s a player coach. …
“I think the biggest thing that people really don’t understand about Bill is that Bill asks questions. He’ll ask questions, he’ll try to get other people’s insight, especially veterans. He’ll sit down and have a conversation with you. I think that’s why he’s so genius at what he does. He’s very smart, but at the same time he knows the pulse of the team.”
That last paragraph gives some invaluable insight on how Belichick operates, and I hope every coach in the league is constantly asking veterans what they think. I’m sure he’s picking Revis’s brain frequently, both because the corner mentioned this and because Revis is an elite player who knows the nuances of the position incredibly well. There’s no doubt that Revis was a perfect addition for the Patriots, because Belichick now only needs one player to accomplish his No. 1 goal against passing attacks- completely neutralizing the opposition’s best weapon.