In idle conversation with Tom Brady over the past couple of years, he made it clear how important he believed Aqib Talib was to the team’s success.
He referred to Talib almost as a bellwether for success. A shutdown corner, in Brady’s mind, was that impactful.
Now, Darrelle Revis is Tom Brady’s teammate. And whatever feelings Brady had about Talib, you can double those for Revis.
“He’s the best I ever played against,” Brady said last September before the Patriots and Buccaneers met. “There’s nothing negative about his playing style. There’s nothing negative about his skill set. He can really do it all. He’s fast, he’s quick, he matches up against small guys, matches up against big guys. He’s really long, he’s really strong, he’s patient. There’s some guys who guess all the time and sometimes they guess wrong. He never guesses wrong. He’s smart, he sees the whole field. I never played against anyone as good as him.”