FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — When the crowd finally walked away, Darrelle Revis revealed his truth.
"My body's breaking down," the Jets cornerback told Newsday.
Once a one-man island in Rex Ryan's defensive schemes, Revis was the player former Jets coaches entrusted to blanket half of the field all by himself. Now he's realizing those game day scars never quite go away. The pain lingers. The recovery time is longer. The inevitable decline is slow and steady.
He is breaking down.
"Yeah, I am. I mean, not in a bad way. I can still play," Revis said, smiling. "It's just, I'm breaking down. I'm 31. How many corners are 31 right now in the league? The league's getting younger. I know (Vikings cornerback Terence) Newman's still playing (at 38), which is impressive. But I don't know how he's doing it."
During the 10-minute interview, he stopped himself and chuckled. "I sound like I'm retiring," he said, clearly amused.
No, he isn't done playing. Not yet. He's still passionate about football, and there's still a season to salvage.
"I'm not thinking about retirement at this moment," said Revis, reiterating his hope that the Jets can go on a run, starting Sunday in Cleveland. "I've just got to continue to take care of my body. Some of the past injuries, they linger. They linger."
He might not feel like the Revis of old — he played one season (2013) with the Bucs in which he made his fifth of seven Pro Bowls — but he's playing considerably better.
After getting torched in Weeks 1 and 2, he returned from a hamstring strain to limit Cardinals playmaker Larry Fitzgerald to 49 receiving yards. Last week, the Ravens' Joe Flacco threw for 248 yards but only 48 in the second half against the Jets secondary. Eight weeks into the season, Revis said he's starting to "get my rhythm" again.
TITANS 36, JAGS 22: Marcus Mariota went 18-of-22 for 270 yards and two touchdowns, and had no turnovers for the first time at home in his two-year career to lead Tennessee. The loss dropped Jacksonville's Gus Bradley's record in four seasons to 14-41. He entered with the second-worst winning percentage for any coach in NFL history with at least 50 games.
BILLS: The father of safety Aaron Williams says his son intends to wait until the offseason to determine whether to continue playing after sustaining his latest neck injury. Anthony Williams said that while the topic of retirement has yet to be discussed, he intends to involve his entire family in a discussion regarding his son's future. Aaron Williams, 26, was blindsided and bowled over by a hit from Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry on Sunday. Landry was penalized for unnecessary roughness and has been fined $24,309 for an illegal crackback block, the Associated Press reported.
BRONCOS: C.J. Anderson was bracing for a prolonged recovery as the team's top rusher prepared to have surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee. His return is uncertain.