The NY Jets may not have had the most successful decade, but the success of cornerback Darrelle Revis earned him a spot on Pro Football Focus’ All-Decade Team.
NY Jets fans haven’t had a lot to celebrate over the past decade. Since their consecutive AFC Championship appearances at the turn of the decade, sustained success has been hard to come by.
But Jets fans could take solace in knowing that they were witness to one of the greatest defensive players to ever play the game of football in superstar cornerback Darrelle Revis. And Revis’ success has earned him a spot on Pro Football Focus’ All-Decade Team.
PFF recently released their All-Decade Team and Revis found his way in at No. 23 on the list — just one shy of the legendary No. 24 that he wore on his back for nearly a decade with Gang Green.
Revis was the third cornerback featured on the list behind Richard Sherman and Chris Harris who both finished a few spots above the seven-time Pro Bowler. Some may view that as disrespectful, but it’s important to remember that this doesn’t account for the first three years of his career.
During that time, Revis was named for two Pro Bowls and a first-team All-Pro for his legendary 2009 season. That 2009 season resulted in PFF’s greatest single-season grade ever recorded by a cornerback.
That season is arguably the single greatest season by a cornerback. Unfortunately, it does not apply to this list.
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Still, from 2010 to 2015 — four of those six seasons spent with the Jets — Revis was named to five Pro Bowls and three first-team All-Pro teams.
He was truly elite for half the decade and despite not playing as many years in the 2010s as Sherman and Harris, he earned a top-25 ranking based solely on his incredible performances over the first half of the decade.
That, in and of itself, is an astounding accomplishment.
Revis ranked ahead of cornerbacks like Casey Hayward, Brent Grimes, and Patrick Peterson further proving his dominance. Ultimately, Revis’ accomplishments may forever be diminished given that he only played 11 seasons in the NFL — eight of which were truly effective.
But during his run, there simply was no one more dominant.
Revis’ place on this list is well-deserved and there will be some that would rank him even higher. And honestly, you could make a pretty compelling case.
Other notable Jets to make the list were longtime center Nick Mangold at No. 62, nose tackle Damon Harrison at No. 56, wide receiver Brandon Marshall at No. 61, and running back Le’Veon Bell at No. 92.
Of course, Mangold is the only player out of that group who played his entire career with the Jets. And the other three are arguably more known for their play with other teams.
Here’s to hoping that more Jets are recognized as decade-long greats when the 2020s come to an end.