The New York Jets have been a troubled franchise for much of the last decade, posting two winning records in 10 years and making the playoffs just once in that same span. However, the team was not without its luminaries in the 2010s, and the team’s brightest star of all during that time was Pitt alum Darrelle Revis, according to the football analytics website Pro Football Focus.
Revis topped a list compiled by PFF of the top five Jets of the 2010s based on a stat called PFF WAR. That stat is based on PFF grades and is designed to determine how good a player was over a defined period of time, evaluate the importance of a player’s contributions, and compare a how a team performed with one player to the way it performed with an average player.
Behind Revis on the PFF list were, in order, former Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, current Jets safety Jamal Adams, current Jets quarterback Sam Darnold and former Jets center Nick Mangold. Of the five, Mangold was the longest-tenured Jet of the 2010s, as he spent seven seasons with the team in the last decade. And while Revis was only with the Jets for five seasons in the 2010s, he ranked second in longevity, as Adams and Sanchez were with the team for three seasons and Darnold has been around for two.
The 2010 season actually marked a dropoff in Revis' production as offensive coordinators and quarterbacks began to recognize the threat he posed. But even with quarterbacks avoiding him and his career winding to a close, Revis managed to come up with 11 interceptions, 48 pass breakups, seven fumble recoveries and 188 tackles, including two tackles for losses and one sack.
The shutdown corner would play his final NFL season with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017 and retire in 2018. However, after spending the last two seasons out of the league, Revis’ name has come up often in 2020, as the Pitt legend and former Jets star earned all-decade honors from the NFL and PFF. And with his list of accolades continuing to expand after his retirement, enshrinement in Canton should be on the horizon for Revis in the 2020s.