With Revis, the Pats get a fresh, in-his-prime clone of Ty Law, who by chance is a family friend and confidant as both hail from the Pittsburgh suburb of Aliquippa.
“Ty has been a mentor through my whole life. I talk to Ty all the time — about life and football,” said Revis. “I’m just happy that he was there. He’s on my side and if I can bounce questions off of him and ask him certain things because he has a lot of experience then that’s what I can do. Ty’s always there in my corner to help me whether it’s football or life. I thank Ty for that.”
A Hall of Fame-bound superstar, who’s taking his cues from the incomparable Ty Law? We’ve died and gone to Pats heaven.
Meanwhile, it’s forced a major change in my approach.
Not sure when it happened. It was probably around Week 4 or 5 last year when I dropped my “get Brady the best weapons possible” campaign and changed my tack.
The bottom line is, if a journeyman like Julian Edelman, someone who tried to market himself to the NFL this winter and found no takers, can catch 100-plus balls in a season, it has to be the quarterback.
Edelman, new guy Brandon LaFell, Danny Amendola, the young guns Aaron Dobson or Kenbrell Thompkins? Brady will milk the catches. Unless Calvin Johnson or Julio Jones come walking through the door, just keep bringing in the small-timers and hope one blossoms — just like Edelman did.
As long as the blue-chippers keep coming on this defense, there is a new reason to be enthusiastic about the Pats.
Bill, next up is a head-hunting safety or a pass-rusher. Make it happen.