Charles Woodson wins AP Defensive Player of the Year
I'm not going to sit here and bash Woodson, because he obviously played very well. And of course, his playoff performance against the Cardinals on Sunday doesn't count, because the awards are voted on before the playoffs start. But I really think Jets CB Darrelle Revis should have won the award.
If you look at the pure defensive statistics, Woodson's numbers look a little better. He leads Revis in almost every defensive statistic... except for one important one: passes defended.
If you take a look at the offenses that have played against each player, and you look at the #1 WR's that they have been matched up against, you'll see that Revis is the single best shutdown cornerback in the NFL. I'd even say that he's the best we've seen in a few years.
Woodson has made some huge plays this year, without a doubt. But he has also given up some big plays, as well. Revis, on the other hand, has consistently shut down the best WR's in the league.
Against Andre Johnson, Randy Moss (twice), Marques Colston, Terrell Owens (twice), Mike Sims-Walker, Steve Smith, Antonio Bryant, Roddy White, Reggie Wayne and Chad Ochocinco (twice), Revis allowed only a total of 36 catches for 339 yards and 2 TD's.
That's an average of 2.8 catches for 26 yards and 0.15 TD's per game, in 13 games against WR's that anyone would take on their fantasy team.
Revis got snubbed.