Well, the 12 Million Dolla Man has a lot to do with it. Just him being here elevates our secondary instantly but I did not know until last week about his workouts with new teamates in Arizona. This is a very underrated aspect of team building. Mayo has done a good job of hanging out with guys from his group but its been a while since Rodney Harrison was here. He also liked to hang out with his secondary mates off the field to build trust and chemistry.
All of the guys that went out there should come back better and play with more confidence knowing an All Pro guy of Revis' caliber has their back. This was exciting to read.
As part of making sure he would gel with his new team, Revis invited several teammates to Arizona for offseason conditioning and workouts.
"A bunch of guys came out – Devin McCourty, Logan Ryan, Tavon [Wilson]," Revis said. "They came out and we just worked. We busted our butts off, and it was good for us to be out there and get more camaraderie with each other and just hang out with each other every day. We were out there for four months. That was great. It brings more chemistry to the secondary, and guys were willing to do it."
Revis acknowledged spending time with some of the defensive players this summer helped acclimate him more with the Patriots system heading into camp.
"I remember when we were in OTAs, I said I had to take a step back to learn the terminology and those types of things," Revis said. "These guys have been here for a couple years, and you’ve got to take a step back. It’s a new system for me. It’s different from what I’ve played in the past. It’s good to be around those guys as much as I can to learn and get feedback from them and also ask them questions."
"We’re closer; we’re closer as teammates, but also as friends," he added. "We can joke with nobody having attitude or taking it personally. It’s just building that camaraderie by going out to Phoenix and spending time together as much as we can and get stronger as friends but also as a secondary
If These guys can stay healthy, gel and communicate back there, the Sky is the limit. With help from the front seven, BB should finally be able to field a top notch secondary once again, similar to 2003.
For my Money, Revis and J.Collins are gonna be the most impactful players from week to week. I think Collins if used the right way has a chance to be Great here. Mayo being the glue. Hightower staying in on 3rd downs to rush the passer. Could see some 3-4. I like the possibilities.
Offense?? I aint worried bout' nothing. They can take a step back to middle of the pack for all I care. This D is gonna Dominate!
"A lot of bookies are probably mad at us right now, but we don't give a damn, ... We're the champs!!"
Ty Law after his team defeated the Rams in SB 36.