With all of the off season moves by the New York Jets that included the departure and trade of corner back Darrell Revis, a new era had been created and Darrin Walls found his path playing opposite side of some of the NFL's best wide receivers.
Walls has had an interesting journey in the NFL that landed him in gain green playing on Sundays for the Jets in a very competitive AFC East division. After being cut by the Atlanta Falcons after his rookie year, there were several team in line for his services. They witnessed first hand what Darrin could do and the talent he possessed that could improve their team on Sunday.
Walls expressed he was very excited to play in Jets uniform, and with added motivation by not being selected by the other NFL teams, he continues to improve and work toward being a box office name in the league soon.
Nick Hamilton (NH): How is life with the New York Jets?
Darrin Walls (DW): Its real good, we're 4-3 and we have a lot of upside to our team. We are looking to get better, and are doing so day by day, and we're going to surprise some people this season.
NH: What is it like to play in Rex Ryan's system especially as a defensive player and what have you learned from him thus far?
DW: The great thing about Rex is that not only is he head coach but also defensive coordinator, which means I get to learn all about other positions on defense. When I came in as a second year player, I became a better player as a result of being in Rex's system.
NH: Being that you're playing the same position as Darrell Revis, did you get an opportunity to learn anything from him?
DW: When I arrived he was already injured, so unfortunately I didn't get the chance to really pick up anything directly from him. However I did watch alot of footage, and what I learned from him was that he is very patient at the line of scrimmage with receivers. He does a great job using his feet and hands and just watching what he has done, makes me better by learning those things.
NH: You play against Geno Smith in practice daily, what have we yet to see in Geno that you have?
DW: I think the world has their perception of Geno, everyone sees different things in him. I see him on daily basis and Geno is a competitor, he's smart and he will compete and an awesome leader on the football field. Those are things I see in him, he's getting better every day and every week he's getting better every week. That's all you ask of a rookie QB, it's the hardest position you can play and he's doing all he can and learning all the time, so he's doing a great job.
NH: First thing you bought when received that NFL check?
DW: I think the first major purchase was my Mac computer. I have to say my the biggest purchase was me purchasing my BMW.
NH: Realistic where how far can this Jets team go this season?
DW: Our goal is to go out to win every game as a team. Obviously that's not going to happen because we've lost three games already, but we still believe. We have the players, the coaches and the talent and so that's the mindset, we don't come in to a game to lose. If we can win the rest of our games and get in the playoffs then we'll see what happens. Anything can happen in the playoffs. Once teams get to see who we are, they'll know we're not the 32 ranked team in the league....which we were ranked. I think we have potential to win every game, whether we do it or not, that's our goal. Once we make the playoffs, then we'll look towards the Super Bowl.
Walls is truly a confident man who has embraced the Rex Ryan philosophy of seeing the bigger picture and competing on a high level. Not only does Walls have a high football IQ, but also carries a high business acumen outside of football that will indeed continue to be very beneficial for him in the long run.