Cousins was drafted in the fourth round in 2012 to be the backup
Earlier this season, Hornacek, in his first season in New York, de-emphasized the triangle, saying at one point that the club was running it “much less” than 50 percent of the time. Hornacek said late last week, though, that the club has been running the triangle more often in games after the All-Star break. He added that Jackson was not behind the decision.
Jackson, of course, won a combined 11 championships while using the triangle offense as a coach in Chicago and Los Angeles, but the Knicks have struggled to run the offense during Jackson’s presidency.
“I can’t figure out how you can hire a coach and tell him how you want him to play,” former Knicks coach Larry Brown said of the Phil Jackson-Jeff Hornacek dynamic.
Revis, a first-round pick in 2007, ascended to stardom early in his career and became known as the premier cornerback in the NFL. His ability to dominate the top receivers launched the “Revis Island” moniker.
“When you’re dealing with a player of Darrelle’s caliber, these decisions are extremely hard to make,” general manager Mike Maccagnan said. “We all have a great deal of respect for Darrelle and the significance of his time with the Jets cannot be overstated. He provided an example of how a pro should approach his craft and established his place in NFL history as one of the best at his position.”
Revis also became known for his contract problems, and a bitter dispute led to his trade to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012. The Jets received a first-round pick from the Bucs, which they used to select defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.
Cousins was drafted in the fourth round in 2012 to be the backup — and insurance policy — for Robert Griffin III, who was taken with the second overall pick that year. He started four games his first two seasons, one as a rookie replacement for an injured Griffin.
In 2013, Cousins started the final three games as the team benched Griffin, saying they wanted him healthy to work out in the offseason.