Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is the best defensive player in the NFL

December 22, 2009

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Colin Linneweber

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is the best defensive player in the NFL

The New York Jets lost an utter heartbreaker to the Atlanta Falcons 10-7 Sunday afternoon at the Meadowlands in New Jersey.


“We’re obviously out of the playoffs, and that’s unfortunate,” Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan incorrectly stated to the New York Daily News after the game in frustration.


The 7-7 Jets did virtually everything in their power to ensure that the 7-7 Falcons would steal the game and vacate the swamps of Jersey with a victory.


Jets rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez threw three costly interceptions and Gang Green’s kicking game banged the pooch on three separate field goal attempts as well.


“It’s tough to swallow,” said Sanchez, 23, who has tossed only 12 touchdown passes, in contrast to 20 interceptions, for 2,275 yards to date. “It’s never good to play that poorly. We played well in spurts and then we’d turn the ball over.”


As a team, the Jets lead the league in rushing and they are ranked first overall in total defense.


The formula that enabled New York to win three consecutive games was their abilities to run the ball effectively on the ground and play sound defensive football.


The Jets defense played stellar against the Falcons and they suffocated their entire offensive attack.


Jets star running back Thomas Jones, who entered this weekend’s game with the fourth most rushing yards in the NFL, was subpar and he finished with only 52 yards on 19 carries.


Needless to say, the Jets rushing attack did not perform the way that fans have become accustomed to.


Despite the Jets rare rushing woes, it is baffling that the Jets called 32 pass plays for the turnover-prone Sanchez in a game that featured inclement winter weather.


There is no question that the Jets kicking game is largely at fault for the loss to the Falcons.


However, Sanchez’s three blunders were just as devastating as the miscues made by the Jets special teams unit.


The Jets defense is elite and they are capable of winning a game by their play alone.


Nevertheless, the Jets can’t win consistently when they waiver from their identity and curiously decide overnight that they are the equivalent of the New Orleans Saints on offense.


Generally, when the Jets run with purpose and play the defensive football they are capable of, they emerge victorious.


Jets Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis is the central reason that Gang Green’s defense is such an exceptional unit.


Revis, 24, who the Jets selected out of the University of Pittsburgh with the 14th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, is one of the most dominant players in the sport and he deserves to be awarded the Defensive Player of the Year.


“If he’s not the Defensive Player of the Year then there’s something wrong with the system,” Ryan said.


Ryan continued his effusive praise of Revis and he even claimed that his cornerback is more vital to the Jets defensive system than linebacker Ray Lewis and safety Ed Reed were to the Baltimore defense when Ryan was the Raven’s defensive coordinator.


“Ray Lewis had the most impact of a guy who would lead a team. But what we can do physically and how he’s changed what we can play defensively, he’s the guy,” Ryan said of Revis. “That’s not taking anything away from ay Lewis or Ed Reed. But this guy right here, it’s amazing what he can do. The way he can dominate a game.”


When playing man-to-man coverage this season, Revis has utterly stifled the likes of skillful receivers Andre Johnson, Randy Moss, Marques Colston, Mike Sims-Walker, Steve Smith and Terrell Owens.


Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson and Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen are the two other top candidates most mentioned when the prestigious award is discussed.


“Charles can’t go out on a corner like this guy,” Ryan said of Woodson in comparison to Revis.


In all likelihood, Allen will ultimately be the recipient of the Defensive Player of the Year award.


Still, Revis “can dominate a game” and he is a tremendous football player.


Largely because of Revis, if the Jets prove able to cure their propensity for turnovers, Gang Green could become a tremendous football team.

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