Former Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light joined Dennis & Callahan on Thursday to discuss New England’s acquisition of cornerback Darrelle Revis. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday night that the Patriots and Revis agreed to a one-year, $12 million contract.
“I did figure they’re going to find somebody in the free agency market, or they’re going to find somebody out there that’s got some experience,” Light said. “I didn’t honestly know if Revis would be that guy.
“I didn’t think Revis would say to himself, ‘Hey, I’m going to take a little bit of a hit and go play for a guy that I’ve butted heads with in the past.’ But ultimately, though, you do look at Revis as a guy who is in that point in his career where he said I want to go win it and I want a legit shot at winning it and I know that Bill Belichick is that guy ‘ he can definitely give that opportunity to him.”
During his one season in Tampa Bay, Revis had 50 tackles with two interceptions and 11 passes defended.
“When you’re running with a guy like Darrell Revis … [he's] got a little bit of an edge to him,” Light said. “He can go out there and make plays, but not just make plays, but almost intimidate the other team. It’s only going to give a little bit of swagger to the rest of the guys that are back there with him.
“So much of that stuff is proven out throughout the week in practice, so a guy like Darrelle Revis is sitting there, he’s conversing with some of these young guys and they’re going over some strategy and he’s hearing some stuff from Bill that he maybe hasn’t tried before and he’s adding a few more tools to the box and all of those things will add up to hopefully a very confident team when they take the field.”
The deal came one day after former Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib agreed to a reported six-year, $57 million deal with the Broncos.
“This is either going to be an unbelievable run again this year for Denver, or they’re going to implode,” Light said. “Obviously they’re going all out, and they’re going to go all out and they’re going to continue to go all out, but boy, that’s a risky deal.”
Following are more highlights from the interview. For more Patriots news, head to the team page at weei.com/patriots.
On Tom Brady seeing Wes Welker, Talib and others leave the Patriots: “I think it’s frustrating for a quarterback anywhere to look at a situation like he’s had to look at over the years and say, ‘I know these guys. I know what to expect and now they’re gone.’ It’s the nature of the beast and there’s nothing you can do about it. From a player’s perspective, he’s going to weigh in on what he likes and what he doesn’t like and they’re going to have their end of the year, ‘Here’s where we’re at and here’s where we stand and here’s what we’re thinking.’ Ultimately those things are in Bill’s court, and I think deservedly so.”
On Belichick wanting to win a Super Bowl before Brady retires: “I think he’s desperately trying to win a Super Bowl every single season. His approach doesn’t change. He’s very systematic. Again, it comes down to a template and how he does things, and I don’t think there’s ever going to be one overarching thing that is hanging out there that he says we’re shooting for. It’s always the same thing — we’ve got to be a tough, smart, physical football team. We’ve got to go out there and to execute an offense and defense and special teams. Here’s the keys to the game. It’s methodical, and that’s why it’s not the [John] Elway, ’Let’s throw the entire kitchen sink at them and see what unfolds.’ It’s very calculated.”
On retiring Patriots coach Dante Scarnecchia: “Dante was a rare exception in the National Football League. You don’t coach well over three decades and predominantly with one organization and withstand that many personnel changes and really the players. You look at the players that he worked with, and especially, I go back to my rookie season and even the year before that, and you see his background. He was a special guy, he was a tough guy. You wouldn’t invite him to your cookout every week, but you definitely admired his commitment to the game.
“Offensive linemen — you’re talking about a group of guys that never leave the field. They go 100 miles an hour all the time. There’s no tapping out, and there’s no room for error or exceptions. … You’ve got to have a guy that has that military command of those guys. … He kept a tight ship and he demanded a better performance from the week before, every single week.”