FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets are trying to win games, but they also have an eye on 2017. 'Tis the season for auditions, but there's a limit to how far coach Todd Bowles will go.
He won't move Darrelle Revis to safety, not even with a vacancy at the position.
"No," the Jets' coach said emphatically on Wednesday.
"He's playing corner," Bowles said.
In the preseason, Revis dropped hints about switching to safety in the future. As it turned out, the future was closer than anyone could have imagined. By his own admission, Revis, 31, is having a "down year," so a position change could be on the front burner in the offseason.
Bowles admitted they might consider the safety option.
"It's not a thought process right now," he said. "It's something we might talk about in the offseason. It ain't gonna happen over the next three games."
The Jets' regular free safety, Marcus Gilchrist, is out for the season after tearing a patella tendon last week. He will have surgery and his future is up in the air. This week he will be replaced by Rontez Miles, who will start alongside Calvin Pryor. Essentially, they'll be playing with two strong safeties.
Gilchrist was valuable because he called the signals for the secondary. The defense had communication issues with him on the field, so you can only imagine what it might look like without Gilchrist. Pryor and Miles will share the duties, according to Bowles.
"He did a tremendous job for us. He will be missed," defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers said of Gilchrist. "He was almost like a coach on the field."