Woodson Wins Defensive Player of the Month Again. Does This Clinch It?
Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson was named the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Month for December, the third time he’s won the honor this season. Woodson also won the award in September and November. New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper won the award in October.
This is the first time anyone has ever won three defensive player of the month awards in one season.
So, I have to ask, for all you Darrelle Revis guys out there, does this finally cement Woodson as the NFL Defensive Player of the Year?
Admittedly, Revis has had a great season. He’s a shutdown corner – something there aren’t a lot of in the NFL. But seriously, that’s currently the only facet of his game.
Charles Woodson? Not only is he a shutdown corner, but he can blitz, he’s awesome in run support, he’s turnover-forcing machine, and threat to score anytime he touches the ball. I’m incredulous I even have to make the argument.
But I do, because there are idiots out there like Peter King and the panel of “experts” at the USA Today, who say Revis has had a better season than Woodson. Revis beat Woodson by one point in USA Today’s voting for defensive player of the year, but Woodson had more first-place votes (four to three). King… well, unless you give a shit about Starbucks and whether his flight was comfortable, King is next to useless.
The last cornerback to win NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Deion Sanders, chimed in with this.
“I think Charles Woodson should be Defensive Player of the Year,” Sanders told the New York Post.
“I think Revis is going to be the best corner in the game for years. But honestly this year, right here, Charles Woodson has made a lot of plays, man.”
Who knew Prime Time was the only sane guy in the room?
Look, I have nothing against Revis. I’ll say again that he’s a great cornerback. Hell, he even won his own defensive player of the month award for December.
But anyone that tells me Revis had a better overall season than Woodson is out of their mind.
Let’s look at the stats, once again.
Woodson: 74 tackles, 9 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles, 2 sacks, 3 touchdowns
Revis: 54 tackles, 6 interceptions, 0 forced fumbles, 0 sacks, 1 touchdown
It seems everyone wants to overlook the stats and say that Revis shut down so many great receivers. You know the list – Andre Johnson, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Steve Smith and Chad Ochocinco.
Does anyone watch these games? Can I point out that two of these receivers (Owens and Smith) have terrible quarterbacks throwing them the ball in Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jake Delhomme? Can I point out that Ochocinco’s Cincinnati Bengals have been a running team all season? Can I point out that Randy Moss is New England’s second-best receiver behind Wes Welker?
I don’t want to take anything away from Revis, but some people are making him out to be Jesus on the plain. And guess what? Woodson has shut down everyone he played against, too, including two of the league’s best tight ends in Jason Witten and Vernon Davis.
I mean, c’mon people! Revis will have his day.
This is Woodson’s.
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