More proof Jets aren't Revis-dependent

Remember in September 2008 when Bill Belichick stood in front of reporters and, with a straight face, suggested the New England Patriots still could win without Tom Brady?

Turns out he was correct. The Patriots went 11-5 with Matt Cassel, who hadn't started a game since high school.

Yet some people think New York Jets coach Rex Ryan is in denial about remaining a contender even if cornerback Darrelle Revis doesn't play.

Two statistical analysts agree with Ryan.

In an ESPN Insider column, KC Joyner breaks out some data to make his point. The metrics seem to indicate Revis' amazing season last year -- he led all cornerbacks by allowing only 3.6 yards per attempt against him -- relied more on Ryan's defense than vice versa. Three Jets cornerbacks ranked among the top 20 in average yards allowed.

Joyner also explains, with the help of former Jets linebacker Greg Buttle, how Ryan's schemes funneled the ball to Revis and that Antonio Cromartie, Dwight Lowery and first-round pick Kyle Wilson will be sufficient.

Khaled Elsayed of ProFootballFocus.com put together a Revis review called "Should they pay or should he go?" (Elsayed similarly broke down New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins, deciding the Patriots ought to fork it over.)

Elsayed presents some data of his own and reaches the conclusion the Jets need Revis, but he's not worth the money Revis wants.

"Revis rightfully wants to be the highest-paid cornerback in the league," Elsayed writes. "His play dictates that he should want this. But [Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha's] deal is an anomaly in the world of NFL, and Revis would be best served looking at his other peers for a more realistic value. ... The Jets need Revis to challenge for a Super Bowl, but redefining the structure for cornerback contracts creates issues in the long term. ... The Jets are caught in a difficult position, but playing hard ball is the right thing for the organization, even if it means the best defensive player in the league doesn't see the field."