Ravens-Jets: Surprise! War of words heats up!
Great headline in the New York Daily News Wednesday: "Darrelle Revis expects Ravens to invade Revis Island."
The gist of the blog post by News sportswriter Manish Mehta was that Revis, the Jets' All-Pro cornerback who's just back from a 36-day training camp holdout, expects the Ravens to try to pick on him Monday night when the two teams open their season at the New Meadowlands Stadium.
"I think they're going to come after me," the Daily News quotes him as saying. "Just because I haven't been in camp. I haven't been playing football for a while. I'm sure that's in their game plan.
"They shied away last year from me. I don't know what's in their game plan. I don't know if they're going to attack me or not. In my mind, I think they are going to attack me just because I haven't played football . . . They know the player I am and they know I can cover. I'm sure they're going to come at me anyway they can."
The article, which you can read here, indicated that Revis has looked sharp in his first drills with the Jets.
It also features an obligatory quote from Rex Ryan, the ever-shy Jets coach, who said he didn't think the Ravens would target Revis.
Ryan also felt compelled to address Ravens running back Le'Ron McClain's comment that he was "glad they got (Revis) back, so there won't be no excuses now."
"I don't know what's wrong with 'Ron," the Daily News quotes Ryan as saying. "He said something about, well, there's no excuses . . . He must have us confused with somebody else . . . We don't make excuses. All we do is produce. That's what we plan on doing Monday night."
It's only Wednesday and the trash-talking is getting hot and heavy. Another reason why you gotta love the NFL.