Best Jet - 2011
For once, Rex Ryan was understating the case about Darrelle Revis. Revis isn't potentially the best Jet player ever, he is the best Jet ever—with the obvious exception of Joe Namath at his peak. The problem is that Joe, because of his knee, was already damaged goods when he got here and had only three winning seasons in New York. Revis might be the best all-around player in the NFL right now. But he wasn't the best Jet last year. The man who made more big plays than any Jet in 2010—maybe more big plays than anyone else in the NFL last year—was Santonio Holmes. A defensive back is at a disadvantage in being compared to a receiver: Offense can always choose to throw away from a D-back when the money is on the line. And offense can always single out its best receiver in a tight situation. That's what the Jets did with Holmes. The plain numbers—52 receptions, 14.3 yards per catch, six TDs—don't tell the story. In at least four games last year, he made the big catch when it didn't seem catchable. And you can put two, perhaps three W's in their win column because of him.