Packers CB Charles Woodson was announced as The Associated Press 2009 NFL Defensive Player of the Year on Tuesday, icing on what he called the best season of his 12-year career.
Jets coach Rex Ryan did not agree. Ryan, never one to shy away from sharing his thoughts, endorsed his own guy, Pro Bowl CB Darrelle Revis.
“I wasn’t going to comment on it, but I was really going to comment on it,” Ryan said. “You know what I would like? I would like to congratulate the people who voted for Darrelle Revis. These guys obviously really know the game.
“You’ve got to look at all the numbers, not just a number about this or a number about this stat or that stat. A number that I think is interesting would be eight and, no, that’s not the amount of touchdown passes that Green Bay gave up against Arizona. That is the number of touchdown passes we gave up all season at the Jets and the biggest reason for that is Darrelle Revis.
“There (are) plenty of things to look at — No. 1 defense in the National Football League by 35 yards a game. No. 1 in scoring, even though we gave up seven returns when the defense wasn’t on the field. Basically, (it was) 187 points the defense gave up all season, ( a player on that defense) might be a consideration for the NFL defensive Player of the Year. For the people that obviously 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.”
Woodson received 50 of the panel’s votes, while Revis was second with 14. Broncos LB Elvis Dumervil, Saints safety Darren Sharper and Vikings DE Jared Allen split the remaining eight votes.
While Revis missed out on an individual award, Ryan said that there was a team award to focus on.
“Revis is going for different hardware right now. So we’ll see,” Ryan said. “We’ll feel a lot better if we can put a ring on our finger than the individual accomplishment. It is unfortunate in that you can’t get a higher individual award than that award. He’s a young, talented player, but you can’t take anything for granted. This, in my opinion, was the best year a corner has ever had (and) the most impact a corner has ever had in the National Football League. That’s my opinion. Apparently, that wasn’t how everybody felt.”