My first inclination was a QB, the player with the most responsibilities; arguably the most important player on the team. Oh, well that's Aaron Rodgers. Tom Brady is still #1 KINDA to me... but Rodgers can make every throw Brady can make AND he's extremely mobile and throws DEAD accurate balls on the run. The only thing Rodgers doesn't have over Brady is rings. Aaron just put on a display of the best QB performance in a season in league history. The most important position performing better then anyone in history (regular season). It has to be Rodgers.
Then I started to think of all the best players imo at each position and what their job is. I went through all the positions and then re-evaluated the QB position again. Arguably the hardest position. Having to read defenses (blitzes, coverages), accuracy, throwing deep, clock management, throwing with pressuring in your face when the pocket collapses, making reads; amongst many other things. Then I started to look at their supporting cast: Big O-linemen, running backs, WR (one of the most athletic positions). While football is a team sport and works as a unit to support each other, there is one position that is more alone at times then any other position; on an island, Revis Island.
Yes, Darrelle Revis is the most talented player in the Nfl imo and here is the reason why. Cornerback has to be one of the most difficult positions to play. Just think of the opposition for a second; oh yeah, WR's. The WR position has some of the worlds most athletic players. Imagine going against and having to defend the likes of a Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson; having to defend against players with blazing speed like a Mike Wallace and the other gifted WRs. Darrelle Revis straps up every Sunday against the opposings team WR the mainly the entire game and shuts them down. Here is a few stats of some of the receivers he has shut down.
The skill set it takes to defend these athletic phenomenons and shut them down week in and week out consistently is crazy. The skill cap and talent it takes to do that is one of a kind in this WR dominant passing league. He even squared up against Calvin Johnson and held him to 1 catch 13 yards the year before last, Andre Johnson 4 catches 35 yards; shutting down the leagues best. He's been burnt before: Randy Moss, Tedd Gin Jr (http://www.celebrity...inn-burs-revis/), Steve Johnson on slant routes, but who's perfect? What QB hasn't thrown an interception? It's hard to argue against the QB position but we've seen average QBs have success. But what Revis does one on one against the most athletic guys on the field (world), takes an amazing talent.
This post has been edited by dutchff7: 19 August 2012 - 11:42 AM