Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis addresses the New England media during his conference call, on Thursday, December 2, 2010.
Q: Does this week have any less juice for you because you're not going to be facing Randy Moss on Monday?
DR: No, it's a different situation. I have to do my job. Whoever I'm covering out there, I've got to do it to the best of my ability.
Q: Who will you be covering?
DR: Tom Brady...[Inaudible]...I'll be covering him.
Q: Is he a slouch?
DR: No, that's only for receivers.
Q: What do you think of the newly-shaped Patriots receiving corps, especially with Deion Branch back?
DR: That whole situation with Randy Moss there kind of surprised me. I would never think they would do that with the type of caliber player Randy is, and what he brings to their offense. But they brought Deion Branch in. They did that because he's familiar with Tom Brady and their offense. The guy was a Super Bowl MVP. He's comfortable in that system, and he knows it. The receiving corps is still good. They still got Wes [Welker]. They got Deion to come in and fit right in. They got [Brandon] Tate as well. And also, they got two good tight ends that can catch the ball and run good routes.
Q: Without Randy Moss, does that change the way you prepare for the Patriots?
DR: Who? Us as a team?
Q: You, specifically.
DR: No, I'm going to keep on doing what I do and try to do the best I can out there on Monday night.
Q: How much do you guys, especially the secondary, rely on the big play when defending Brady? Your coach was saying there is no way you guys can sit back and be passive. You have to be aggressive and blitz and what not. How does that affect you?
DR: It doesn't affect us at all back in the secondary. We feel that we're aggressive back there too as well. We know what type of scheme we got, and we know we're a physical, aggressive team. It's all a part of it. You've got to know that sometimes you're going to be out there on the island or whatever. But you've got to fight. That's what our defense is all about. It's all of us working together and trying to come into [a zone.]
Q: You guys obviously won in week two, so I'm sure you were happy about that. But did the way your day ended in week two with the hamstring injury after the touchdown leave a bad taste in your mouth or any more motivation for this week?
DR: No, my day ended great when we won the first game. I'm excited about the win. Whatever happened to me that game happened - the hamstring and that's it. I wasn't upset about anything. I wasn't even upset about Randy Moss scoring a touchdown. That's what it is. I mean the guy's a great receiver, and when you go in battles with some of these great receivers, sometimes things happen like that. I was happy we won, and that's the only thing I was concerned about.
Q: How are you physically at this stage?
DR: I'm great, right? You see me playing out there. I think I'm feeling alright.
Q: Now that you've been healthy over the past couple of weeks, are you starting to see the defense improve as you have improved physically? Is the way you've been playing affecting the rest of the defense?
DR: No, no. I don't believe that. Like I said, my thing was more personal. It was a hamstring. It had nothing to do with how the defense played. When I left that game - the first game - they won without me. I'm just a piece of the puzzle. When I'm playing, I just try to do my job and try to help out the defense the best way I can. Our defense is very good.
Q: Have you been more aggressive this year knowing that Antonio Cromartie is on the other corner from you?
DR: No, I play aggressive every year. That's in my game. That's instilled in my game. I'm an aggressive-type of cornerback. I think the great thing is we've been searching for another lockdown corner to play on the other side of me, and we found him. And it's Antonio Cromartie. I think his play has been great. We're identical. We're the same type of players. We can cover and we can make plays.
Q: When are you going to get an interception?
DR: I don't know. When I get opportunities.
Q: Do you sense you'll have your opportunities Monday night because Brady likes to challenge and go down field?
DR: We'll see. I'm sure he's probably going to challenge, so we'll see. I'm not going to give you a prediction saying I'm going to get an interception or not.
Q: I know you aren't studying film on the Patriots defense, but have you had any impressions of Devin McCourty?
DR: No, you need to talk to Mark Sanchez and the Jets wide receivers about him.
Q: I was just curious if, as one of the elite corners in the league, because of the way Devin has played this season as an up-and-comer, if you had any thoughts on his improvement through 11 games?
DR: Trust me, I've been having my own issues over this side, so I haven't been focusing on anybody.
Q: Can you just talk about the improvement of Mark Sanchez this year?
DR: He's made big strides this year. Leadership is up. Last year, it was tough on him. It was a learning curve. That's new with anybody. Being a rookie in the NFL, it's a whole new game from college. He's a leader. And he's handling the pressure, which is great. And guys have been looking for him on offense to lead the way.
Q: When you watch film of Wes Welker now, do you see the same Wes Welker you have always seen?
DR: Yes, I think he's still the same player as he's always been. I don't know. Do you see something different? I think he's still great.
Q: Can you see the impact that Deion Branch has made on this offense or how things look different with him here?
DR: I think he's made a big impact for them. Like I said earlier, he knows the offense and he knows the scheme. He fits right in. You see he's making plays.
Q: How excited are you that this is two 9-2 teams matched up Monday night? Are you any more juiced for this game than you would be normally?
DR: No, I approach this week the same as any other week. I mean, I'm sure some other guys on the team here, they're very excited. I just approach every game like I said.
Q: What do you think about facing Danny Woodhead for the first time?
DR: That might be weird because he was here a part of this team with us. So it's going to be a little bit weird. He's doing what he needs to do. He's making a lot of plays for them and bringing some energy to their team.