New York Jets legendary cornerback Darrelle Revis was unceremoniously snubbed from the recently released NFL 100 All-Time Team.
New York Jets fans know just how dominant Darrelle Revis was in his prime. And when recounting a list of the greatest cornerbacks to ever play the game, Revis’ name is usually mentioned fairly quickly.
But on the NFL’s All-Time Team that has recently been revealed, Revis is nowhere to be found.
In celebration of the NFL’s 100-year anniversary, the league has released an all-time team featuring the best of the best to ever play the game of football. In total, seven cornerbacks were included on the team — Revis was not one of them.
But as many have pointed out, the list seems to have a bias towards the older veterans of the game. Four of the seven played before 1980 with both Lane and Brown playing in the ’50s and ’60s.
Meanwhile, only Sanders and Woodson played into the 21st century with neither remaining in the league past the early-2000s. This apparent bias is especially confusing considered just how difficult it is to play cornerback in the NFL.
With rules favoring the offense more than any era before, defensive back is one of the hardest — if not the hardest — position to play in today’s NFL. And yet, not a single player whose prime was in the last two decades made the list.
Woodson was a nine-time Pro Bowler, Defensive Rookie of the Year, and Defensive Player of the Year. Bailey was a 12-time Pro Bowler and NFL Hall of Famer. And Revis was a seven-time Pro Bowler who had one of the greatest stretches from a cornerback in NFL history.
That includes a 2009 season that is widely regarded as the greatest season ever by an NFL cornerback. During that season, only two receivers he matched up with tallied more than 50 yards in the game.
Meanwhile, he surrendered just three touchdowns while only one player managed more than four catches — a five-catch, 34-yard day from Randy Moss. And Moss was far from the only top-flight receiver that Revis shut down.
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The likes of Andre Johnson, Terrell Owens, Roddy White, Reggie Wayne, Steve Smith, and Chad Johnson all stepped up and were denied by a dominant Revis. And in today’s NFL, something like that may never be seen again.
Ultimately, Revis’ reign at the top wasn’t as long as some of the others on the list, but his stretch was arguably more dominant. From 2008-2015, Revis qualified for a Pro Bowl every year with the exception of the 2012 season which he missed all but two games due to a torn ACL.
And you could argue that from 2009-2014, he was the undisputed best cornerback in the NFL. While all of the others that qualified for the team were incredible in their own right, not all of them could hold that distinction.
And again, it’s important to distinguish the fact that these cornerbacks played in completely different eras. That doesn’t mean that the veterans of the game should be left out as they were the best during their era.
However, it does seem misguided to leave out the best cornerbacks from the last two decades — especially in the most difficult period to play the position.
Revis is arguably the greatest of his era and unfortunately, the NFL’s All-Time Team left his era completely disregarded.
And as a result, Darrelle Revis was snubbed.