The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will look for revenge against the Philadelphia Eagles this weekend, and in doing so they’ll try to figure out a way to slow down the Eagles’ high-powered offense.
One of the biggest weapons head coach Chip Kelly has at his disposal is speedy wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who has been among the best at his position in the NFL so far this year.
Apparently, his positive play so far has inflated his head a bit too much.
DeSean Jackson on facing Darrelle Revis: "I don't think he can run with me. I don't think he's as fast as me.''
— Paul Domowitch (@pdomo) October 8, 2013
Jackson might be faster than Revis were the two to head to a track and have a race. But on a football field, where things like leverage and positioning are just as important as pure speed, Jackson is sadly mistaken.
If the Buccaneers keep Darrelle Revis on DeSean Jackson all game long (as they should), we’ll see this matchup over and over result in a win for Revis. Because even if Darrelle isn’t as fast as DeSean (and I would contend he’s pretty close as it is), he has the awareness and quick burst to close the gap on all but the most perfect of throws.
There’s a reason why track stars like Jeff Demps don’t simply dominate the league thanks to their ridiculous speed. The NFL is more than a game about 40-yard dash times.
And while Jackson might beat Darrelle Revis once or twice, he’d better hope that Nick Foles is pinpoint perfect on his throws, or his speed won’t matter when Revis hauls in a misplaced pass.