And they did, frustrated, surprised and in some cases angered by his perceived snub in the AP Defensive Player of the Year voting. Revis finished a distant second to the Packers' Charles Woodson, who lapped the field with 28 of 50 votes. Revis finished with 14.
"This, in my opinion, was the best year a corner has ever had, the most impact a corner has ever had in the National Football League," Jets coach Rex Ryan said of Revis. "Apparently, that wasn't how everybody felt."
Revis, normally chatty in the locker room, was somewhat reserved in regard to the news.
"What do you want me to say?" he asked. "He had a great year, he did his thing. That's what it is. Whoever votes, they vote. He's that guy this year."
Woodson finished with a league-leading nine interceptions, three returned for touchdowns. The Packers were second in total defense and had the most interceptions (30). Revis had six interceptions and one touchdown. He also became a dominant player, stopping a cadre of No. 1 receivers cold.
"You've got to look at all the numbers," Ryan said. "A number that I think is interesting would be eight, and no, that's not the amount of touchdown passes that Green Bay gave up against Arizona. That's the number of touchdown passes we gave up all season as the Jets, and the biggest reason for that is Darrelle Revis."
Revis wouldn't say he deserved the award, but he did note that it was the "news of the day" in the locker room and there were plenty of people who told him what they thought.
"People said I got robbed from it, but that's the people's opinions," he said, citing the reaction of "teammates, coaches, the whole organization."
"We all know he deserved it, but Charles Woodson was deserving, as well," safety Kerry Rhodes said. "I'm sure he personally wanted it, but right now, we're worried about winning this game and moving on."
Said cornerback Dwight Lowery: "There's nothing more that he could have done. The challenges he's been presented with and how he responded to each of those challenges, there's definitely a valid reason for him to be Defensive Player of the Year. Obviously, we're going to be a little biased because he's on our team and we felt like he should have gotten it, but it doesn't define us. Our goal is to win the Super Bowl."
Some players said the voting on such awards, which is done by the media and not the players, is based on reputation, not performance. Linebacker Calvin Pace agreed that these honors sometimes have a Lifetime Achievement Award feel to them.
"Charles Woodson's been playing at a high level ever since he got into the NFL," he said. "In some cases, you have to go out and put up the type of numbers Darrelle put up this year and then you're recognized. Next year, you're hopefully able to get it."
Pace also said that he thinks a deep playoff run will help alleviate some of the disappointment Revis might be feeling from not getting the award. And if Revis does feel slighted? Well, that's just fine with Pace.
"I wouldn't want to make him mad," he said. "Hopefully, he can take it personally and get a couple of picks against Philip Rivers."
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