The Jets secondary is under the microscope entering Sunday's matchup against the Chiefs and CB Darrelle Revis is at the center of attention.
"No, definitely not," he said when asked if the recent criticism of him is bothersome. "It's a team sport, it's not golf or anything. I know I seem to get spotlighted a lot, but that's fine. It's a long season, our expectations are very high on this team and the only thing we can do collectively is improve in all phases of the game."
The secondary has allowed four plays over 50 yards and the future Hall of Famer has been on the wrong end of two of those plays. Head coach Todd Bowles said the lion's share of the blame should not fall on Revis, but the mistakes and communication need to be tightened up.
"It's a copycat league," head coach Todd Bowles said. "Until you put out the fire you're going to keep seeing them."
Kansas City's offense doesn't have a reputation for taking shots down field as it has registered six 20-plus yard plays compared to the Jets' 11. But in light of recent events, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was asked his opinion on Revis' play this season.
"Listen, I know they're saying he got beat. Maybe he gets beat one time, but the ones that people are saying, he didn't have help on," Reid said on his conference call with the media on Wednesday. "There weren't people in the middle of the field. That's not his responsibility. I think that gets blown out of perspective. He looks pretty good to me to answer your question. He looks pretty stinking good."
Despite Reid's endorsement, CB Buster Skrine and S Calvin Pryor aren't letting their guard down.
"Until we limit the explosive plays we expect teams to keep coming after us," Pryor said. "At the same time, coming into the game we know we can't give up big plays so we're looking forward to it."
"They like to throw it in between the hashes, but they do take their shots because they have players that can," said Skrine. "Both their top receivers are fast and can run the deep ball so I expect them to take some shots."