No one on defense was more important to their team than Darrelle Revis was to the New York Jets this past season. That's what I expect from a Defensive Player of the Year award. It's the most valuable defensive player.
Don't get me wrong, Charles Woodson had an awesome year with a league leading nine interceptions, and I don't want to take anything away from him....except his DPOY trophy.
Let's look at it this way: The Green Bay Packers played only two teams with "elite" wide receivers—the Bengals (Chad Johnson—I refuse to call him Ochocinco) and the Cardinals (Larry Fitzgerald, once in the season and once in the playoffs). Chad Johnson caught four passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. Larry Fitzgerald caught three passes for 17 yards and a touchdown in their regular season match-up.
The Jets played six teams with elite wide receivers, playing two of those teams twice—Houston (Andre Johnson), New England twice (Randy Moss), New Orleans (Marques Colston), Carolina (Steve Smith—he had Delhomme and Moore throwing to him and still almost had 1,000 yards receiving and seven touchdowns; he's still elite), Atlanta (Roddy White), and Cincinnati twice (Chad Johnson, and I'm including their recent playoff game).
Now let's look at Revis and the Jets' stats against these teams. The Jets won five out of the eight games. Out of those games only once did a receiver catch a touchdown (Randy Moss in a New England win), and the highest yard total was 35 yards by Andre Johnson. That's unreal.
Without Darrelle Revis there is no way the Jets win those five games. The Jets offense struggled all year trying to get the ball in the end zone. If Darrelle Revis isn't there, the Jets don't win those games because those teams would have scored too many point for the Jets to match.
On the other hand, Green Bay has an offense that can match any other team's offense. Just look at the recent playoff game against the Cardinals. Green Bay gave up 45 points but matched it to send the game into overtime.
Which brings me to my next point. Charles Woodson and his defense didn't do jack in their playoff loss to the Cardinals. Yes he had six tackles and a forced fumble, but Larry Fitzgerald also had 82 yards and two touchdowns. In total the Green Bay defense gave up 375 passing yards and five touchdowns.
Want to know how Revis and his Jets did in the playoffs? The Jets only gave up one touchdown and 110 yards through the air. Revis shut down Chad Johnson for 28 yards on two receptions and had an interception that helped set up a Jets touchdown and swing the momentum in the Jets favor.
No one was more dominant than Darrelle Revis on the defensive end this season. He mattered the most to a Jets defense that was first overall and would have been significantly worse had he not been there. But the most important thing is that Revis showed up in the clutch. He came to play in every game that his team needed him, especially in their recent playoff victory. The definition of Defensive Player of the Year.