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Darrelle Revis Holding Out, Mangold Could Be Next

Dare I say that the New York Jets can do no wrong in the 2010 off-season?  After reaching the AFC Championship last season out of nowhere, it can be argued that the Jets have had a stronger off-season than any other NFL team.  They have acquired a Pro Bowl caliber receiver in Santonio Holmes, a troubled corner with an incredible ceiling in Antonio Cromartie, and a pass-rusher who still has plenty left in the tank to devote to a defense that really doesn’t need much help in Jason Taylor.  The only move the Jets have made that doesn’t seem to make much sense is letting go of Thomas Jones and replacing him with a rapidly aging LaDainian Tomlinson — but remember they were able to snag USC running back Joe McKnight in the 4th round.

I think it’s about time for them to face an off-season obstacle and it looks like one is in the process of being built.  Darrelle Revis — probably the best shut-down corner in the league and a Defensive Player of the Year snub last season — is holding out from OTAs in search of a new contract.  Center Nick Mangold is reportedly considering following suit, as he has also grown frustrated with a lack of discussion about a new contract.

This was bound to happen for the Jets.  As it stands right now, they have 20 players who will be owed a contract at the end of the season.  It’s been baffling how they’ve been able to bring in superstar after superstar and work everything out financially.  A couple of major holdouts from players like Revis and Mangold could create some serious problems for the Jets’ brass.

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Darrelle Revis Was Robbed by Charles Woodson for Defensive Player of the Year

Forgive me if I begin sounding somewhat like Rex Ryan for saying that Darrelle Revis deserved Defensive Player of the Year over Charles Woodson. I’m not saying that Woodson didn’t have a fantastic season but I am saying that Revis was more dominant. To me, Revis missed out on the award because his stats weren’t as pretty as Woodson’s. Woodson had nine interceptions, three returned for touchdowns, two sacks, and 74 tackles. Those are good numbers. Revis had six interceptions, one returned for a score, no sacks, and 54 tackles. Good numbers but not eye-popping the way nine picks are. Revis was by far more dominant than Woodson, he just didn’t make the types of plays Woodson did, probably because he was so good teams were afraid of him. In fact, the stats opponents didn’t accumulate against him tell the story better than his own stats do. Check out the stats for opposing receivers against Darrelle Revis:

The stats after week 12 don’t reflect specifically what Revis did against that player man-to-man but what the opposing team’s top receiver did against the Jets. Chances are most of those numbers were against Revis though. It’s plain to see that Revis was nothing short of dominant even against the League’s best players. He impacts opposing team’s gameplans by essentially erasing their top receiving threats. Did Charles Woodson do that? I think we saw in the playoffs that he was no match for Larry Fitzgerald. Yes he did have a strip — another pretty play — but I doubt Revis would have been lit up in the same way. No Revis’ stats weren’t as appealing as Woodson’s were, but he was the more dominant defensive player. Revis deserved Defensive Player of the Year.

(half the stats from the chart courtesy of Revis Island)