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Football Scientist: Ryan is right about Revis

Rex Ryan certainly has a knack for hyperbole, but his latest comment stating that Darrelle Revis is "the best player in football" wasn't just big talk.

The evidence for this can be found in the improvement in Revis' metrics over the course of the 2010 season.

From Weeks 1-6 (the time when Revis was still getting over his offseason rust and in-season injury), he posted the following stats: 22 targets, eight completions for 196 yards and three touchdowns. That equates to an 8.9 yards per attempt (YPA) mark, which is more than double his phenomenal 3.6 YPA total in 2009.

Now contrast that to his metric performance from Weeks 8-16 (Revis did not play in week 17): 35 targets, 11 completions, 153 yards. Take out the 10-yard offensive pass interference penalty he drew against Deion Branch in the Week 13 game against the Patriots and it equals 143 yards on 35 targets, or a 4.1 YPA.

That is very close to the type of YPA number that made Revis a Defensive Player of the Year candidate in 2009 and provides evidence that Ryan is right about his star cornerback's level of play. Revis Island is once again a place for opposing receivers to fear.