Defensive players can still be effective after holding out. They still have an idea of what's going on in the grand scheme. Unlike, say, a quarterback, Revis doesn't need that time to get in sync with his teammates. Offense is about timing and being on the same page, so missing practices makes a big difference on that side of the ball. You can miss time defensively and jump right back in.
It goes without saying that the Jets are a different team with Revis on board. That's why
I thought he was finally ready to take on the opportunity after Warner retired. What went wrong? The franchise looked at Matt from a whole and factored in his skill set; his ability right now versus what they were going to have to pay him (he signed a six-year, $50.8 million contract in 2006). The Cardinals came to the conclusion that he wasn't worth making that type of commitment. If they had committed to him, they would have had to redo the contract next year and give Matt the going rate for franchise quarterbacks. Once you decide to go with him, you're in bed with him, so to speak.
It's never been about Derek
With that, situations need to be addressed for the players. You have to try to find a way to take care of the players because we all know there's going to be increased revenues. What you have to do is threefold.
First, find a way to include the players in the added revenue because all of these contracts were predicated for 16 games. They need to be reworked. Second, you need to address the time it takes for a player to become vested -- currently four years -- because the life span for a player just got shorter. Third, rosters must be expanded. Over the course of the year, guys get beat up. Add two more games and it becomes a difficult proposition. I suggest going from a 53-man roster to a 60-man roster and from 45 active gameday players to 52 or 53.
Eighteen games is going to happen one way or another. We've just got to find a way that the players can benefit the same way the owners will.
It's a really difficult situation with Ben suspended and
• This is a year of intrigue at the receiver position. I'm curious to see how Boldin and
• The rookie class doesn't wow me this year. The one guy I think has potential to break out is
• I don't see Carolina getting any better any time soon. When you don't have the quarterback position sewn up, it presents problems. They've got to develop trust in