FOXBOROUGH — Darrelle Revis had high praise for Patriots coach Bill Belichick Thursday at the conclusion of the team’s minicamp — a far cry from some of Revis’s sentiments when he was a member of the New York Jets, the Patriots’ heated rival.
There was, of course, one point in which the Pro Bowl cornerback had referred to Belichick as a jerk on national television.
Now, Revis calls Belichick a “player’s coach.” How did that happen?
“I think it changed during that conversation when me and him sat down,” Revis said. “We moved forward. Whatever we had in the past, we put it behind us. I think it changed in that moment.”
But there’s more.
“It’s just when you’re on the outside looking in, when you’re playing with another organization, you look at things totally different,” he said. “Especially coming from New York and New England, being up here, it’s a rivalry. So you look at things totally differently. That’s with any player. Sean Ellis came. It’s a bunch of guys that crossed over. So once you cross over, when you inside looking out, it’s a totally different perspective. That’s how you look at it. Everybody here has accepted me as much as they can to make me feel at home. Even Bill has. I’m fine with it. I feel fine. We’re on good terms.”
Revis had famously been asked to do some word association when he described Belichick as a “jerk” because of what he viewed as disrespectful comments about the Jets at the time.
Asked how he would describe Belichick now, Revis took an obviously different tact.
“Well, one, he’s a great coach,” Revis said. “I really respect him for winning three championships. He is. Another thing, I feel like he’s a player coach. A lot of people might not say that outside looking in, but we’re with Bill every day. We hang out with him every day. We’re in the meetings with him every day. So we’re around him all the time. I really feel like he’s a player coach. And I feel like he runs it how he wants to run it, but at the same time, we gotta go out here and work.”