Pro Football Focus is one of the best football sites on the planet.
So when they come out with their All-AFC East team, I pay attention.
PFF uses high tech stats to analyze every player on every snap of every game, in ways that I can’t even begin to understand. The bottom line is, their numbers don’t lie. I tend to take their rankings as as the most accurate rankings in the football universe.
So that being said, I love it when I see nine Jets players on their 26-man All-AFC East team. (For the record, there are also nine Dolphins players, six Patriots, and two Bills players making up the rest of the team.)
Their take on the nine Jets who were the best rated players at their position:
Wasn’t helped by his QB at times (just 62.64% of balls thrown his way were catchable) and had some bad drops (notably the one versus the Dolphins), but a real playmaker at times whose impact won games.
Injury made him mortal, but didn’t stop him being one of our top two centers in the entire league. We haven’t seen anything from anyone to suggest Mangold won’t be the best center in the league (barring injury) for years to come.
Not his best season run blocking, but gave up less than a pressure a game. You make your quarterback a better player when you let him step up in the pocket.
How big was his loss to the Jets as Lamarr Woodley harassed Mark Sanchez? Woody is a pretty dominant run blocker and has been excellent value since moving to New York.
Tackle-count lovers will deride this pick over Jerod Mayo. Unfortunately there isn’t a stat for blowing up blocks, but if there was then Bart Scott would lead it. He stops runners from going where they want to.
While it would have been nice to praise the excellent season of Sean Smith, the second half of the year for Revis was him opening his island for business as usual.
Our fourth-highest-ranked safety in coverage didn’t allow a touchdown and broke up eight passes.
As good a kickoff returner as there is, finishing with a 28.1 yard per return average.
Beating out his Jet teammate James Ihedigbo on the back of not missing tackles.
The Jets were evidently a pretty well rounded team, on offense, defense and special teams. Not exactly a great consolation prize during Super Bowl week, but it’s nice to see nonetheless.
Maybe that’s why Bill Belichick was just named AP coach of the year. Clearly he overachieved in the regular season with the guys he had, because they wilted under the pressure of their first postseason game. I would’ve voted for Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris, but it’s a little late for that now.