EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – If this had been a movie about Darrelle Revis, it would have ended with him smiling, laughing and celebrating.
But Hollywood doesn’t play anywhere near Broadway, and the man who might represent the single biggest transaction of the offseason ended up giving a concession speech in the stadium where he used to play after losing to the team he used to play for.
“Those guys are competing and it was great competition. I tip my hat to them," Revis said after he and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost 18-17 to the New York Jets. “They won. They came back and they won."
That spoiled the day for Revis, who was playing for the first time since suffering a major knee injury in Week 2 of last season while playing for the Jets. Revis, who was traded to the Bucs in April, was held out of the preseason games. But, as the team said all along, Revis started the season opener.
“If I felt anywhere near uncomfortable I probably wouldn’t have played today," Revis said. “I was ready to go today. I played a bunch of snaps, which was good."
The Jets did target Revis several times. He was credited with two passes defended and didn’t give up many big plays. Getting back on the field was a major accomplishment in and of itself.
But, instead of talking about his successful comeback, Revis was hit with numerous questions about the multiple defensive penalties that helped cost the Bucs the game.
“Some of them could have been questionable," Revis said. “But, at the same time, we’ve just got to play out the downs and we’ve got to finish plays. We can’t really put the blame on the refs. They’ve got a job to do and they’re going to make certain calls. The game is about momentum. We’ve got to be a better team when adversity strikes."
Revis found himself on the wrong side of adversity Sunday.