Whoa. Whoa. WHOA. Normally I’m a fan of New York Jets coach Rex Ryan’s refreshing personality, but he better watch what he says when it comes to the NFC North.
I know Ryan was just trying to defend Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, but Ryan revealed himself to be a sore loser and a cheap-shot artist in the process. He also demonstrated a middling understanding, at best, of what the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year Award represents.
Here’s what Ryan said in New York, according to the Jets’ Web site:
“I wasn't going to comment on it, but 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.”
That’s plenty, Rex. Oh, where to start?
First, the DPOY is not given to the best player on the NFL’s top-ranked defense. If it were, Revis would have won. In fact, it’s an individual award that has nothing to do with how the team fares or whether the players around the candidate did their jobs.
Ryan’s line about eight touchdowns in Arizona might have drawn some laughs in New York, but it’s totally irrelevant in this discussion. The award is based on regular-season games. Nothing but a cheap shot there.
Ryan said people who “really know the game” voted for Revis. I wonder how many games Ryan saw Woodson play this season. Coaches don’t often watch televised games, so they usually see other teams only through film study of their next opponent. The Packers and Jets shared two common opponents this season, Tampa Bay and Cincinnati. Was two games enough for Ryan to decide Woodson wasn’t worthy?
If you want to see my argument for why Woodson should have won over Revis, click here. Afterwards, please join me in rooting for the SAN DIEGO SUPER-CHARGERS this weekend!