Pro Football Focus announced its all decade team. No, we aren't at the end of the decade. PFF has been around ten years. Three Jets made their team. You probably could guess two of them. The third is likely a big surprise.
Center: Nick Mangold (Jets)
If we had the Dwight Stephenson Award (given to the best player in football over the course of one season, regardless of position) from PFF’s inception, I maintain Nick Mangold would have won it on more than one occasion. Mangold was our top-ranked center in five of the 10 years he bestrode the position like a colossus, playing nearly 11,000 snaps over that period.
Cornerbacks: Darrelle Revis (Jets/Buccaneers/Patriots)
When legendary seasons are discussed in PFF internal chats, perhaps the most revered is Darrelle Revis’ 2009 season. It graded out at a magnificent 97.4, and set standards for all those to come. Playing almost exclusively man coverage, Revis was thrown at a stupidly-high 127 times, but allowed a QB rating of only 29.1. While this is the benchmark year in over 5,000 coverage snaps, the career passer rating against him is still only a paltry 60.4.
Right tackle: Damien Woody (Jets)
Perhaps the first surprise of my squad—and also the first to test my longevity-versus-production dilemma—is Damien Woody. Only 3,843 snaps in the PFF era may not be enough for some, but for me, he was a class above at the position, particularly given that it happened in the later years of his career. In 2008, he became the only right tackle ever to be ranked as PFF’s top offensive tackle (LTs and RTs included), with a 92.3 grade that season.
I don't think anybody would question the inclusions of Mangold or Revis. You couldn't go wrong suggesting these guys were the premier players at their respective positions over the last ten years.
Woody is much more of a head scratcher. Can a player really be an all decade performer at a position if he only played that position for three seasons? And I'm not trying to knock Woody because he was tremendous at the position, an important part of the best offensive line in football over that three year stretch. Did anybody really think they were watching the best tackle in the NFL in 2008, though? Of course, PFF won't tell us how they calculate these grades so we'll never be able to figure out their criteria.