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Woodson named top defensive player

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Green Bay cornerback Charles Woodson has won The Associated Press 2009 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. The versatile Woodson tied for the league lead with nine interceptions, returning three for touchdowns, and was a key to the Packers' turnaround on defense. His role in Green Bay's performance -- second in the league in overall defense, first in interceptions (30), takeaways (40) and turnover margin (plus-24) -- earned Woodson 28 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sportswriters and broadcasters who cover the NFL. He doubled the number of votes for New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis in becoming the first Green Bay winner since Reggie White in 1998 and just the second Packer in the 36-year history of the award.

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Not a fan of this. Revis is a victim of his own talent.

Rex himself said that Green Bay uses Woodson to do a ton of things like blitz, hang in zone coverage where he can read a QBs eyes and try to make a jump on intercepting passses, etc. He said in some ways it is unfair to Revis because he is capable of doing all those same things as good or better than anybody but since he is just such a lockdown CB that they don't give him the opportunity. They strictly tell him to go out there and take the opposing team's #1 WR completely out of the game which he does every week. He said that if Woodson was able to do that then Green Bay would do the same with him, but since he can't, he gets the opportunity to do things Revis does not.

Revis > Woodson and that has NOTHING to do with being a homer.

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Adam Schefter reporting on Twitter that Woodson received 24 votes to Revis' 14.

He also added:

Adam_Schefter And right there is the ultimate proof as to why it would be better to wait until the end of the season before voting on these awards.
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This is not some unique tragedy. All it shows is that the writers are every bit as overreliant on hearsay and traditional stats as everybody else. Justin Smith was one of the best players in the league this year and I doubt he even got one vote.

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This is not some unique tragedy. All it shows is that the writers are every bit as overreliant on hearsay and traditional stats as everybody else. Justin Smith was one of the best players in the league this year and I doubt he even got one vote.

And it happens in the other sports as well.

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This is not some unique tragedy. All it shows is that the writers are every bit as overreliant on hearsay and traditional stats as everybody else. Justin Smith was one of the best players in the league this year and I doubt he even got one vote.

The funny part is that, for the most part, those who would agree with this very point are probably the same people who complain that FO or PFF are too much over-analysis.

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