Seeing as my MVP campaign for Charles Woodson never took flight, I thought I'd throw my not inconsiderable girth (in physical terms, of course, not in terms of any kind of sway with the voters, who no doubt could care less what some hack blogger has to say...) behind Woodson for Defensive Player of the Year, which he seems to be in jeopardy of losing to New Your Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Which is beyond absurd.
Look, all year long, when pushing Woodson for MVP, the constant refrain I heard back was 'Oh he's Defensive Player of the Year, no question. Well, he and Sharper' - which would drive me nuts, because Sharper's name was in the conversation only because of the big plays he made early in the year. Yes, big plays are nice, but what those people didn't take into account were the numerous big plays he allowed.Week after week, Sharper takes bad angles and misses tackles (sights that Packer fans are all too familiar with) that go for big gains and scores. Of course, these don't show up on the various highlight shows, and if they do, the announcers are talking about the offensive player, not how Sharpers bad play led to the score.
Lately, this talk has been fading away, but it's been replaced with something equally absurd. That Darrelle Revis should be mentioned in the same breath as Woodson. The most egregious and public example was Peter King last week, a man who should know better (East Coast bias anyone...?)
It'll probably be a close vote, but I'm leaning toward Revis. He's been matched against Andre Johnson, Randy Moss, Marques Colston, Steve Smith, Roddy White and Reggie Wayne a total of seven times, and he hasn't allowed a 70-yard game. He's been the definition of shutdown corner. He combines wily coverage with a physical presence, and, at 24, there's not a young defensive player in football I'd take over him. Should be a good race.
No, it shouldn't be a race at all.
Look, has Revis given the Jets blanket coverage on some of the games best receivers? Of course.
If I may be so bold? So what?
Does he engineer the entire defense? Does he sack the quarterback? Does he give his teammates heads-up on plays where his film study tells him the offense is tipping its hand, as he did last week when a certain formation led him to tell safety Atari Bigby that the ball was coming his way - which it did, for an easy interception. Revis is a good, no, great cover corner. But that means he, at most, is responsible for one quarter to one half of the field, typically wherever his man is. Woodson is truly the quarterback of the defense, responsible for all 11 men on his side of the ball.
It's not 'Cover Player of the Year' - it's 'Defensive Player of the Year'
(As a side note, you notice not once do I mention how many of this and how many of that, ie interceptions, sacks, etc each contender has, as Mr. King and countless others love to do. Why? Because it cheapens the argument. It's no secret that I hate stats, and that hatred is doubly so in this argument. You have fun with your numbers - I'll watch the game. Thanks.)