In his one season with the New England Patriots, Darrelle Revis won the only Super Bowl of his distinguished career, but it doesn’t sound like he had much fun doing it.
Revis recently appeared on the “I Am Athlete” podcast with Brandon Marshall, Chad Johnson, Channing Crowder and Jared Odrick. One of the topics he addressed was his time with the Patriots.
After six tremendous seasons with the Jets and one year in Tampa, Revis was signed by New England in 2014. He earned Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors that year, helping the Pats win Super Bowl XLIX.
However, when asked if he enjoyed his stint under Bill Belichick, Revis bluntly responded that he didn’t, before adding that “nobody” on the team likes playing for the Patriots.
“When you deal with the things up there, it’s a little bit strenuous. And nobody likes it in the locker room,” Revis said. “That’s to be honest — nobody. Nobody likes it!”
The four-time All-Pro cornerback would go on to explain some of his issues with Belichick and the organization when he compared them to his time with the Jets under Rex Ryan.
“It’s just two different coaching philosophies. You know, Rex is a little bit more loose. You know, he likes dogs. He wants you to go out there and play hard, run into a wall,” Revis said. “You know, I’m happy for the grind and the hustle of winning Super Bowl 49, but you know, waking up every day and, you know, walking into the facility and having to deal with the tension. You know, you see why they’ve been in 10 Super Bowls, you see the hustle and the grind of it. But at the end of the day, there’s other philosophies to win. And it doesn’t have to be that way. I mean you got 32 teams with 32 coaches. Some are intense, some look at things another way, and there’s different philosophies to win the game.”
You can watch the full 50-minute interview with Revis below.
Revis, who also credited Tom Brady with playing a bigger role than Belichick in building the New England dynasty, was a mercenary when the Patriots brought him in seven years ago. It sounds like it was great for all parties that he only stayed one season.
The team won a ring, Revis won a ring, and he didn’t have to deal with being a part of a culture he didn’t like for a long period of time.
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