Who can we partially credit for the Kansas City Chiefs signing Darrelle Revis?
The guy a bunch of Chiefs fans want to replace, defensive coordinator Bob Sutton. Sutton was the Jets defensive coordinator in 2007 when they drafted Revis, who said Wednesday that Sutton was “vital” to his success as a player.
“He helped me,” Revis said. “He helped me grow as a football player. He helped me grow as a man. Actually teaming back up with him and loving what he does as a defensive coordinator was a no brainer. I think that is why one of the reasons I wanted to come play with the Kansas City Chiefs.”
The familiarity has to be part of this. That’s why someone can come in around Thanksgiving and still help a team down the stretch. It’s still going to come down to whether Revis is the same player he used to be, or at least part of the same guy. Like Marcus Peters, he strikes me as a very smart player too so his experience and veteran savvy can hopefully help be something the Chiefs don’t have right now. Knowing the defensive system can only help.
It’s not just Bob Sutton either. Revis said this about Andy Reid:
“I am a big fan of Andy Reid as well,” Revis said. “I still haven’t been able to pick off one of his quarterback’s passes, but now I am actually teaming up alongside of him. This phase right here for me, the veteran I am is to pick Andy Reid’s brain. Being around him and seeing his football IQ, that is the type of things I would like to be around. Football is a tricky game. You can’t come into a game and this game specifically and think you know it. It is all about growing and improving. Where I am at now, to be alongside an established coach as Andy Reid, it made sense in my career.”