The New England Patriots may have been accused several times in the past of knowing too much about the opposition team, but this time the shoe is on the other foot.
although he's not been illegally spying on the team, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is worried that former team-mate and New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has an intimate knowledge of how they do things in New England.
While Brady has said the team has benefited from Revis' presence, he knows the reverse effect has happened now the cornerback is no longer part of the Super Bowl franchise.
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He said, according to Phil Perry of CSNNE.com: “He’s got, obviously, an intimate knowledge of how we do things. And kind of the skill set of our players and our formations, and vice versa. I know how he likes to play things. His play style is very similar to what it’s always been.
“He’s a phenomenal player. Some of those players you play against where you go, ‘God, how did they know it was going to be this route, or that?’ Sometimes they just know by what they see, or their instincts, or feel, by the way the receiver walks to the line of scrimmage, the way the right tackle looks in his stance.
"I don’t know what he’s looking at, but he diagnoses plays and routes. He’s off to a great start this year.”
While Patriots head coach Bill Belichick downplayed the Revis impact because players change to rival teams all the time in the NFL, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries so far this season is definitely a great start that can't be ignored.
Brady's plan for the game against the Jets though won't change no matter how much Revis knows. Avoiding the cornerback as much as possible is the plan most quarterbacks have when they play against the Jets. He is just that good. A future Hall of Famer.