Two current New York Jets as well as a likely member of the team’s Ring of Honor made the Pro Football Focus All-Decade Team as the analytics site recognized their sustained dominance over the past 10 years. No one from the New York Giants made the team.
The list, compiled by Pro Football Focus, balanced production and longevity, going beyond analytics to make determinations. The 23 players on the list (11 on offense, 12 on defense) represent the best players in the league from 2006 up to and including last year.
Some names aren’t a surprise such as Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers or New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. But there is a surprise or two in there.
The Jets had three names on the list, led by center Nick Mangold and cornerback Darrelle Revis. Both Mangold and Revis are considered locks for the Pro Football Hall of Fame someday. But one former Jet was a surprise inclusion.
In assessing the Jets center, the PFF staff wrote that “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.” By the end of his career, Mangold might go down as one of the best centers in the history of the NFL.
Revis, not surprisingly, made the list too, with PFF noting his outstanding 2009 season. The man called “Revis Island” for his dominant, shutdown performances is still one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.
But perhaps the one name on the list that wasn’t necessarily anticipated was that of former right tackle Damien Woody, who retired after the 2010 season and is now an ESPN analyst.
“Perhaps the first surprise of my squad—and also the first to test my longevity-versus-production dilemma—is Damien Woody," wrote the PFF staff. "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.”
Former Jets’ first round pick Vernon Gholston did not make the list.
Since the Jets drafted Mangold in 2006 and Revis the following year, they’ve only made the playoffs three times. They have not made the postseason since 2010.