Darrelle Revis: Your 2009 Defensive Player of the Year

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Darrelle Revis: Your 2009 Defensive Player of the Year

I don’t care what the AP voted this morning, Darrelle Revis was the 2009 Defensive Player of the Year. Any doubt in my mind was erased when I watched Reviscompletely shut down Chad Johnson last week for the second straight time and Larry Fitzgerald score two times on Woodson, as a part of the Cardinals offense that scored 51 points and threw 5 touchdowns on Woodson’s defense. Keep in mind that the Jets only allowed 8 passing touchdowns in 17 games, while the Packers and Woodson just allowed 5 in a single game. Also don’t forget a few weeks back when Woodson and the Packers allowed 501 passing yards to Pittsburgh. Rex Ryan’s reaction here is right on:

http://www.newyorkjets.com/blog/posts/1457-revis-places-2nd-to-woodson-ryan-reacts

Also, look at Woodson dogging it the final ten yards as Fitzgerald scores a touchdown and look at Darrelle Revis making a ridiculous interception in these two clips.

Woodson Not Hustling at 2:33

Revis Doing What He Did All Year

Read this little excerpt from Tim Graham at ESPN (http://espn.go.com/blog/afceast/post/_/id/9112/did-revis-get-robbed-of-dpoy-honor), which emphasizes the burn percentage among corners and look where Revis ranks (#1) and where Woodson ranks (not even in the top 5). The bottom line is that 108 times, somebody has thrown on Darrelle Revis, 40 times the pass has been caught (37 percent), for 439 yards and 2 touchdowns…compared to Woodson who has 84 passes thrown at him, still allowed 40 receptions (47.6 percent), for 560 yards, and 6 touchdowns.

Here is what Darrelle Revis has done against top receivers in the league:

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Let’s take a quick look at what top receivers did against Charles Woodson and that Packers secondary:

  • Chad Ochocinco: 4 receptions, 91 yards, 1 touchdown
  • Sidney Rice: 5 receptions, 70 yards, 1 touchdown (Bernard Berrian also had 6 for 75 yards and a touchdown and 3 receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown in the second match-up)
  • Michael Crabtree: 4 receptions, 77 yards, 1 touchdown
  • Hines Ward: 7 receptions, 126 yards, Santonio Holmes: 3 receptions, 77 yards
  • Johnny Knox: 5 receptions, 83 yards, 1 touchdown
  • Larry Fitzgerald: 6 receptions, 82 yards, 2 touchdowns

Let’s also not forget that Darrelle Revis was the best player on the best defense in football. The Jets allowed 50 less passing yards per game than the Packers and over 30 total yards less per game. They have also now went further in the playoffs than the Green Bay Packers. People love to get caught up in Woodson running back interceptions for touchdowns in garbage time against the Lions and Cardinals back-ups in week 17 but the bottom line is that Revis had a greater impact on a better defense. If you didn’t watch the Revis make great receivers, might as well be inactive week in and week out then you really couldn’t appreciate what he did. Out of the 108 passes thrown at him in the regular season, he intercepted 6 of them and knocked away 31 one of them, while only allowing 40 receptions…so one more time, when you threw at Revis in 2009

  • 108 Total Passes
  • 40 Receptions by receiver
  • 31 Knocked away by Revis
  • 6 intercepted by Revis
  • 31 incomplete

Revis also elevated his play wild-card weeekend, while Woodson didn’t play a good game outside of a forced fumble. Beyond all that, Woodson doesn’t have cool graphics like the one below circulating on the Internet:

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Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports