I'm with Rex Ryan in so far as I think that Darrelle Revis deserved to win the Defensive Player of the Year award over Charles Woodson. What I'm not going to do is sit here and tell you that Revis was robbed and that Woodson had no real credentials to win the award. That would be an act of stupidity, something the Jets' head coach often indulges himself in mixed with a brash sense of arrogance and a lack of class.
Here's what Ryan had to say about Woodson winning the award over his star cornerback.
"I wasn't going to comment on it, but I would like to congratulate the people that voted for Darrelle Revis. These guys obviously 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 that I think is interesting would be eight, and no, that's not the amount of touchdown passes that Green Bay gave up against Arizona. That is the number of touchdown passes we gave up all season at the Jets, and the biggest reason for that is Darrelle Revis."
I'm not even sure where to start. Is there a reason here Ryan had to go out of his way to knock Woodson? It's possible to support you own guy's cause without devaluing what Woodson has done this year. If you listened to Rex you'd think that Woodson was some scrub nickel back on the Detroit Lions.
The Packers' defensive standout was nothing short of incredible this year and has been credited by his defensive coordinator Dom Capers for his ability to play the various roles as a cover man, pass rusher and run stuffer that the Packers required of him. Anybody that finishes with 21 passes defended, 9 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles, 3 TD's and had hand in 80 tackles definitely has a case for Defensive Player of the Year.
Rex Ryan is a huge jackass. This is a guy that finds ways to trash talk the Dolphins after getting swept by them for the season. This is a guy who started crying like a little girl after his team's loss to the Jaguars at home. This is a guy who talked tough about the Patriots this summer, came out roaring with a 3-0 start and then ended up finishing 2-4 in the division and conceding the AFC East to the worst New England team since 2000. This is a guy who looks less like an NFL head coach and more like Fat Bastard from Austin Powers.
I get that Ryan wants to instill an air of confidence and belief in his team that he felt was lacking and appreciate it for being a key to the Jets' playoff berth this year. There's a line though where confidence becomes arrogance and belief become classless and this is where Ryan has lost his way.