Word associaton with Darrelle Revis

Word associaton with Darrelle Revis
March 29, 2012, 7:16 pm
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Darrelle Revis called Bill Belichick a "jerk" yesterday on SportsCenter, and there are at least two reasons why this shouldn't be a big deal.

1. If Belichick is a jerk, Revis is a loud mouth. A dude who never shies away from public controversy, whether he's calling out Randy Moss for a lack of effort or angrily hanging up on Mike Francesca. To be honest, it probably would have been a bigger shock if Revis went on ESPN and didn't say something stupid. So in a way, his jerk comment is almost soothing.

2. Belichick kind of is a jerk. Even as a Patriots fan, you have to admit that. If you played that same word association game with any NFL player, coach or fan on the planet, how many would say jerk when it came to Belichick? A lot, right? Whatever. It doesn't change the way we view him and will forever remember him here in New England.

Belichick's a jerk? To quote a guy, "It is what it is." And it's not a big deal, especially within the framework of one of the league's fiercest rivalries.

If you ask me, I doubt Belichick's nearly as upset with what Revis said as he with the fact that Rob Gronkowski was on camera with the cornerback to begin with. That Gronk's crusade for the cover of Madden '13 led to him fraternizing with the enemy on National TV. That said fraternization led to someone calling Belichick a jerk was just insult to injury.

That's not to say the Revis jab will go unnoticed by the coach. I don't think anyone will be surprised if Belichick has a little something for Revis (a la Derrick Mason) the next time the action brings him over by to the Patriots sidelines. But until then, I'm sure he's far more riled up by the non-stop media circus that has been Rob Gronkowski's offseason.

You know Belichick likes to keep tabs on his players, but he doesn't like it to be so easy.

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