Losing stinks, but there's nothing worse in football than pity. And that's exactly what former Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has for current Jets coach Rex Ryan, who is 3-11 and will almost certainly be fired before the New Year.
New York and New England meet on Sunday in a game that has completely different implications for both teams; the Jets are in the running for the No. 1 pick in the 2015 draft while the Pats are trying to hold onto homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.
"It's kind of sad for the position that Rex is in right now, but at the same time [the record is] something that they've got to change," Revis told reporters on Wednesday via conference call.
The Jets drafted Revis in the first round back in 2007. Ryan was hired in 2009 and led the team to back-to-back AFC Championship games. But a looming contract dispute led the Jets to trade Revis to the Bucs before the 2013 season, and he landed in New England this offseason.
"I'm really not trying to pay attention to [the Jets' struggles], I'm really not," Revis said. "Me and Rex have a lot of history and we all know that. Some of those guys are dear to my heart and everything, but like I said, I've got to focus on the things that I am doing here, and I wish Rex the best."
The Jets' secondary, which has been decimated by injuries, certainly misses a player of Revis' caliber. Ryan was asked about just that this week but would only say that he's proud of the players he has. As to whether the team regrets not signing Revis before the Pats did, Ryan offered this: "Guys, I think we've addressed this before. Go back to our notes from the first time we played New England or even when Revis was in Tampa. You make decisions based on things. A lot of them work out, some maybe don't work out as well as others. I don't think it's fair to sit back and say this or that."