Charles Woodson Wins AP's Defensive Player Of The Year Over Darrelle Revis

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Rex Ryan Has Some Thoughts About This Whole Defensive Player Of The Year Thing

The normally taciturn and reserved Rex Ryan has a few thoughts on the Darrelle Revis snub, and while those thoughts do not include "Charles Woodson is fat," which is what I would have led with, they're worth a read:

"I would like to congratulate the people that voted for Darrelle Revis. These guys obviously really know the game. And you've got to look at all the numbers, not just a number about this, or this stat or that stat.

"A number I think is interesting would be eight. And no, that's not the amount of touchdown passes Green Bay gave up against Arizona. That is the number of touchdown passes we gave up all season. And the biggest reason for that is Darrelle Revis.

"There's plenty of things to look at. We had the No. 1 defense in the National Football League, by 35 yards a game. We were No. 1 in scoring ... basically 187 points is all the defense gave up all season. That might be a consideration for NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

"And it really was for the people that voted for Darrelle Revis. I tip my hat to them because they really know the game. That's all I'm going to say about it."

No, Rex Ryan ain't happy. And when Rex Ryan ain't happy, if you haven't noticed, things usually get pretty entertaining. Stay tuned.


Should Darrelle Revis Have Won DPOY?

The playoffs have way of changing our perceptions. Especially when it comes to end of season awards. Remember Dirk Nowitzki's awkard MVP award presentation right after the 67-win Mavericks became just the third one-seed in NBA history to get bounced in the first round?

While the NBA MVP is a regular season award, Dirk's award felt tainted after Steven Jackson and the Warriors managed to bully Nowitzki and the Mavs out of the postseason. That was the way the league's supposed most valuable player went out? Not with a bang but with a whimper -- as Matt Barnes, of all people, posterized him? Yikes.

Which is all a meandering way of asking, did you watch the wildcard games last week? Because to anyone who saw Revis shut down Ochocinco (again) while Woodson's Packers got lit up, the results of Tuesday's Defensive Player of the Year voting seem...questionable. Indeed, while Woodson did force a key fumble off of Larry Fitzgerald in the first half, perhaps his most indelible moment from that game came a bit later when Fitzgerald absolutely trucked him en route to a touchdown.

Let's ignore for a second that this was an obvious offensive pass interference on Fitzgerald's part. We're talking about perception. And in that shadowy, subjective realm, it simply doesn't look good to get plowed over, even by a receiver of Fitzgerald's caliber.

And this point was put into even starker relief by Revis' dominant performance against the Bengals. After two weeks of back and forth between Ochocinco and Revis, the Jets cornerback once again demonstrated that from a pure coverage standpoint, his skills are unparalleled. Just watch this interception again.

So where does this leave us? Was the DPOY voting a "travesty" as SB Nation's Gang Green Nation suggested? Or is this an example of simply over-reacting to a small sample size and making too much of a player's supposed "clutchness"? As usual, the truth is somewhere in-between. Woodson most certainly had an exceptional regular season, even more so considering his age. He anchored a Packers secondary that, according to Football Outsiders, was part of the fifth-best pass defense in the league this season. Overall, Green Bay had the second-best total defense in the league (again, going by Football Outsider's DVOA metric). He was a deserving winner.

Just not as deserving as Revis. As Football Outsiders tweeted:


Consider the numbers: the Jets had both the top overall defense, and the top pass defense in the NFL this season (and the latter by a very, very substantial margin). Revis faced a bevy of top receivers and without exception held them to very modest yardage totals. He's that rare example of reality actually matching the hype.

Which is to say, on the strength of his regular season, Revis should have won. In this case, the perception from last week's games was actually justified. No, this wasn't a BBWA-level mistake, but Jets fans have good reason to feel that the better cornerback did not win today.


Charles Woodson Wins AP's Defensive Player Of The Year

Packers cornerback Charles Woodson won his first AP Defensive Player of the Year award on Tuesday, lapping the field with 28 of the 50 votes, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis came in second with 14 votes.

For Woodson, the Defensive Player of the Year award caps both an outstanding individual season and career. Woodson racked up an impressive 2009 season, with 74 tackles, four forced fumbles, and nine interceptions, including three returned for touchdowns.

Chris Jenkins reports that Woodson reacted to the news that he won by saying:

It's a great honor, man. I felt like I put a lot into this game, mentally and physically. Body's always beat up and it's great to be recognized.

Interestingly, the AP's voting almost exactly mirrored that of SB Nation's NFL bloggers when they handed out their end of season Studs and Duds awards two weeks ago. SB Nation's NFL gurus named Woodson their "defensive stud" of the year with 53% of the vote, with the Bolts From The Blue blogger going so far as to opine that Woodson's 2009 season was "the best season by a cornerback that I think I've ever seen. I have no idea how he's playing at this level at his age."

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