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Team By Team MVP's

Posted on: February 1, 2010 9:17 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2010 2:06 pm
 
AFC EAST
Bills- Fred Jackson- He took advantage of Marshawn Lynch's two game suspension to start the year, but the Bills forgot about him in the middle of the season. If they kept with him, they may have won a couple of more games.
Dolphins- Chad Henne- If stats don't prove and their three game losing streak at the end of the season killed their playoff chances, but the fact is this was his first year and they were very competitive at the helm. He gives Dolphins fans hope next year.
Patriots- Wes Welker- He was the move the chains guy and it was obvious how important to the team he was in the playoffs. He had a huge season, 123 catches, and he missed two games.
Jets- Darrelle Revis- Best CB in the game. Played at an outstanding level throughout the entire season and didn't have a good offense to keep his team in game's like Charles Woodson.

AFC WEST
Broncos- Elvis Dumervil- Brandon Marshall looked to put training camp behind him, but then went back to his immature ways in the end. The nod goes to Elvis Dumervil who had 17 sacks on a very improved defense.
Chiefs- Jamaal Charles- The fans spoke loud and clear and clearly made the right call. Forget about Larry Johnson because Jamaal Charles was far better better last year. At 5.9 yards per carry, Charles probably should have started sooner.
Raiders- Nnamdi Asomugha- Still one of the best CBs on one of the worst teams. It's a shame he plays on such a bad owned team as he should be mentioned with Revis and Woodson, but his offense is just pathetic.
Chargers- Philip Rivers- He had another great year passing for the division winning Chargers. Their goals fell short with an upset loss, but he is good enough to get over it. Look at some other great QBs and they have had early heartbreaks as well.

AFC NORTH
Ravens- Ray Rice- Took advantage of his opportunities when Willis McGahee got hurt. Averaged 5.0 yards per carry on a team that doesn't have much of a passing game besides Joe Flacco's arm. Great future RB for the Ravens.
Bengals- Cedric Benson- Was the key to the Bengals success. 5-0 when he ran for 100 plus yards during the regular season. The passing game went down the drain late in the season.
Browns- Joshua Cribbs- Was the only thing that appeared living in Cleveland. The browns need to pay the man his money well earned.
Steelers- Troy Polamalu- MVP by subtraction. The curse of Madden's football game not only killed his season, but his teams. The Steelers went 4-1 with him and his three INTs and went 5-6 without him. The defense couldn't stop the worse teams without him.

AFC SOUTH
Texans- Andre Johnson- Matt Schaub is 1b as MVP with his best season, but I think his best season has more to do with Andre Johnson's dominance. I don't think anyone can stop him. Mark your calendars for the Johnson versus Revis battle next year.
Colts- Peyton Manning- A true no brainer. Looks like watching Michael Jordan NFL style. He could be the Coach of the Year as well.
Jaguars- Maurice Jones-Drew- Had another solid year for a team with not much of a passing game. Despite the disappointing season, MJD will be the main man for the Jaguars for years to come.
Titans- Vince Young- After having some mental issues, Young came back strong and was the inspirational story of the year. Has a better winning percentage than Peyton Manning. Only Tom Brady has a better winning percentage than Young among active QBs, and that includes the winningest QB of all time, Brett Favre.

NFC EAST
Cowboys- Miles Austin- Tony Romo is 1b, but without Austin having a break out year, it is hard to believe Romo would have had the same type of season. The Cowboys need to resign Austin as he seemed to be the only WR Romo was comfortable throwing to.
Giants- Steve Smith- Had a career year and was a big reason for the Giants success. Giants fans don't have much to appreciate besides Smith in their strange fall after starting 5-0. Eli Manning's foot injury didn't help.
Eagles- DeSean Jackson- The Eagles lost their previous MVP, Brian Westbrook, for most of the season, but Jackson picked up the explosiveness that was lost. He is the play making WR the Eagles have been looking for.
Redskins- London Fletcher- He is probably the most underrated player, perhaps, in league history. He gets the job done and gets no respect. The Redskins also have a great young player in Brian Orakpo.

NFC WEST
Cardinals- Kurt Warner- He will be a huge loss next season as Matt Leinart doesn't appear to be able to take over. If not one of the best all time, he has to be regarded as one of the best playoff QBs of all time for sure.
49ers- Patrick Willis- Is a great replacement for Ray Lewis, whose career is coming to an end, as the most exciting LB to watch in the league. Willis is a Lewis type player who can take over games on defense. The 49ers just need to find a QB to go with Vernon Davis, Frank Gore, and Michael Crabtree. The offense has been holding the 49ers back from the playoffs with a lack of a QB.
Seahawks- David Hawthorne- The toughest team to pick a MVP and not because they were good. Hawthorne was in his second year and led his team in tackles and tackles behind the line of scrimmage. The Seahawks have more work to do on offense.
Rams- Steven Jackson- His 2009 season may go down as one of the best forgotten seasons. He did so much with the least amount of talent. The work horse is a top five back in the NFL and is rarely mentioned. Doesn't get nearly enough credit for what he did.

NFC NORTH
Bears- Jay Cutler- Probably most controversial pick of all, and I'm definitely not a Cutler supporter. He is a baby. He probably has the most reason to be though. I watched a lot of Bears games and a lot of Cutler's INTs were the WRs fault in my opinion. He probably had one of the worst WRs in the league. His attitude does need to change, and will if he gets help at WR.
Lions- Calvin Johnson- Wins MVP by default for being most talented player on team. It's amazing the Lions have fans as they have been bad for quite some time. Hopefully, Matthew Stafford can improve next year. That will help Megatron's stats.
Packers- Aaron Rodgers- Had the best two years to start a career as a Packer and that says a lot with a franchise that had Bart Starr and Brett Favre. Rodgers made great improvements in the middle of the season and helped the Packers get to the playoffs. The Packers have another great QB that will have them competing year in and year out.
Vikings- Brett Favre- He had his best year in his long career at the age of 40. Played error free all season, but made another mistake in the playoffs that will hurt for a while. Proved a lot of nay sayers wrong during the season including myself.

NFC SOUTH
Falcons- Roddy White- Matt Ryan struggled his sophomore season and White's stats were down from a year ago. Their record went down with them. Tony Gonzalez had a great season, but didn't help the team's record. It didn't seem they went to White enough.
Panthers- Jonathan Stewart- Did a great job stepping in for the injured DeAngelo Williams who had a record setting season for the Panthers last year. The Panthers were 6-0 when Stewart carried the ball 15 or more times.
Saints- Drew Brees- One of the best QBs in the league all season. Even more important, he is the vocal team leader that is the ignition source for the Saints. Has the Saints in their first super bowl with a rather regular cast of receivers.
Buccaneers- Kellen Winslow- He didn't have the best stats out of all the TEs, but 77 catches for 884 yards on a terrible team is a lot. His work ethic on and off the field is something the Bucs hope the young players catch on to.
Category: NFL
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Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2010 9:13 am
 

Team By Team MVP's

I am thinking the Dallas Cowboy defense will be even better next year if Anthony Spencer and Michael Jenkins continue to develop so rapidly. This year they were light years ahead of their rookie seasons. Hopefully, Scandrick will catch back up to Jenkins development wise and provide essential depth at corner. Before Jenkins maturation this year it appeared Scandrick was slightly ahead of him. Loved the original post and look forward to your Super Bowl blog. 



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2010 7:07 am
 

Team By Team MVP's

I definetely think Aaron Rodgers is the MVP of the Packers.  It is easy to tell they base their whole offense around.  With a mediocre offensive line, Rodgers produced with 36 total TD's and only 7 interceptions.  Someone who can pass that well and have the guts to run, is an MVP on any team.  You know, the MVP for the Saints could be Drew Brees, but I am going to go with Darren Sharper.  The New Orleans defense has been getting critisized for its play the last couple years, and this year Darren Sharper stepped up and lead a defense that is way improved from last year.  Without him, they wouldn't be in the Super Bowl right now.  And didn't have a good offense to keep him in the game  don't get me wrong, Sanchez didn't do well, but the Jets made up for that by having one of the best run games in the NFL.  Steve Smith has Wes Welker hands. Keep doing what he is doing and he will be one of the best receivers in the league.

Darren Sharper had a huge year for the Saints and it was tough not going his way, but Drew Brees is the leader of the Saints. Also, on defense, Greg Williams brought an aggressive game plan to compliment the offense. It definitely helped with Sharper there, of course. I just couldn't deny Brees.

The Revis statement wasn't explained to the best of my ability. What I meant was that Revis didn't have room for error like Woodson because he didn't have the offense that was capable of making a come back. The running game was great and helped control the ball, but if the defnese let up and gave up points, the running game wouldn't matter and Mark Sanchez couldn't get them back in the game. Look at the playoffs, Woodson had a bad game against the Cardinals, but it didn't matter because Rodgers and company would get them back in it. The Jets defense didn't give any points up until the Colts game. They couldn't afford to give up points and they didn't.




Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2010 6:53 am
 

Team By Team MVP's

Nice post. I have to agree with most of your comments.

I also agree that Jay Cutler and Vince Young are question marks to me.

With Jay it comes down to who else.  Forte ended up having a horrible sophmore slump (decent yards but you have to get in the endzone).  Briggs is a stud on Defense given Urlacher's early departure.  As a Bears fan it's just a shame that a guy with 26 int. (versus 27 TDs) and a low passer rating can be a MVP for our team.

While I hear your point on Vince with the wins I still think you have to give the nod to a player that had the most rushing yards from scrimmage.  125+ yards per game is tough to argue against.

Nice call out on London Fletcher as well.  As a transplant to St. Louis I've had the pleasure of seeing him in action.  He's a true football player and has always been under-rated.

Thanks for the post!

Thanks for the reply. I didn't go with a defensive player for the Bears, Briggs, because they set a standard for how they play defense the last five years and I didn't think they played to that standard. Yes, Urlacher went out in Week 1, but the defense was too inconsistent. The offense was too, but I thought the defense still had the talent to be better than they were while Cutler had to deal with a bad o-line and bad WRs. Cutler finished strong beating the Vikings. The defense allowed the Vikings to battle back and didn't finish them off.
Fletcher is a player everybody likes no matter what team they root for. A hard worker that never gets the appreciation he deserves.



Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2010 12:17 am
 

Team By Team MVP's

I definetely think Aaron Rodgers is the MVP of the Packers.  It is easy to tell they base their whole offense around.  With a mediocre offensive line, Rodgers produced with 36 total TD's and only 7 interceptions.  Someone who can pass that well and have the guts to run, is an MVP on any team.  You know, the MVP for the Saints could be Drew Brees, but I am going to go with Darren Sharper.  The New Orleans defense has been getting critisized for its play the last couple years, and this year Darren Sharper stepped up and lead a defense that is way improved from last year.  Without him, they wouldn't be in the Super Bowl right now.  And didn't have a good offense to keep him in the game  don't get me wrong, Sanchez didn't do well, but the Jets made up for that by having one of the best run games in the NFL.  Steve Smith has Wes Welker hands. Keep doing what he is doing and he will be one of the best receivers in the league.



Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2010 10:23 pm
 

Team By Team MVP's

Nice post. I have to agree with most of your comments.

I also agree that Jay Cutler and Vince Young are question marks to me.

With Jay it comes down to who else.  Forte ended up having a horrible sophmore slump (decent yards but you have to get in the endzone).  Briggs is a stud on Defense given Urlacher's early departure.  As a Bears fan it's just a shame that a guy with 26 int. (versus 27 TDs) and a low passer rating can be a MVP for our team.

While I hear your point on Vince with the wins I still think you have to give the nod to a player that had the most rushing yards from scrimmage.  125+ yards per game is tough to argue against.

Nice call out on London Fletcher as well.  As a transplant to St. Louis I've had the pleasure of seeing him in action.  He's a true football player and has always been under-rated.

Thanks for the post!



Since: Jun 1, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2010 7:06 pm
 

Team By Team MVP's

Is there a reason why Dave Zastudil was snubbed?  I'm just asking, because he is the most indomitable force in professional sports, other than perhaps Danny Ferry.

Thanks.





Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2010 5:42 pm
 

Team By Team MVP's

And clearly Dumervil is extremely deserving of your Broncos MVP -- I would, however, put in a mild debate that Brian Dawkins was every bit as valuable, if not more, than Dumervil.  B-Dawk changed the culture of that defense, from practice field to game-time, this was a different bunch.....I attribute that to Dawkins. 

Very true. Brian Dawkins is a great safety and did bring the new attitude to the defense. I thought Dumervil and his break out season was more deserving though. It did help him having the great veteran around. I'd give Dawkins the best supporting-MVP.



Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2010 5:31 pm
 

Team By Team MVP's

Sweet post

And clearly Dumervil is extremely deserving of your Broncos MVP -- I would, however, put in a mild debate that Brian Dawkins was every bit as valuable, if not more, than Dumervil.  B-Dawk changed the culture of that defense, from practice field to game-time, this was a different bunch.....I attribute that to Dawkins. 




Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2010 5:18 pm
 

Team By Team MVP's

Great post! I like the Miles Austin pick, but thing I would lean to Demarcus Ware. The Cowboys had a great run on defense prior to their last game and I do not see how they do it without Ware. I cannot agree with the Vince Young pick, though. Chris Johnson had a monster season and is now the "type" of back general managers are looking for.

I like the fact that so many young stars are up there like Desean Jackson, Miles Austin, Calvin Johnson, Chad Henne, Fred Jackson, etc. Too often the sports media gets too attached to the older stars and focuses their coverage on them. There seems to be somewhat a changing of the guard from many of the older stars such as Ray Lewis, Kurt Warner, etc.

Thanks! DeMarcus Ware was the MVP on the defense without a doubt and I considered him for a long time. I chose Miles Austin because when it came time for somebody to step up and ignite the offense, he did. Ware started off the season slow too. The Cowboys defense didn't get the respect it deserves all season because they made the stops to keep the game alive. The offense just went stale during mid season and finished stale in Minnesota.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2010 5:14 pm
 

Team By Team MVP's

Though I respect your choice of Vince Young over Chris Johnson and your following comment, I still have to disagree. You talked about the fact that when Vince Young came in, the team started winning. Couldn't you also say, in contrast, that when Vince Young came in, the Titans were looking for more production out of Chris Johnson? Here are some numbers: when Kerry Collins started in a game (I included the Rams' trouncing game 47-7 because he played a lot during that game and did not include the Patriots' abysmal loss because, let's face it, neither of them had positive yardage), he averaged 205.33 yards per game. When Vince Young started (same exceptions as Collins), he averaged only 187.9 yards per game. Also, on the running-side, when Collins is in the game, Chris Johnson averages around 16.5 touches per game, and when Young is on the field, Johnson gets around 24 touches per game. Now, doesn't that tell you that Jeff Fisher was more confident in Collins than Young by those statistics? Yes, Young started all eight games that the Titans won. However, look into the statistics, and you'll see that once Young came in after the bye week, Chris Johnson had more pressure and was now the focal point of the offense.

Very good points, but I have to look at wins. Vince Young started for Kerry Collins and the team started winning. Chris Johnson's 2,000 yards was pretty much forced since he carried the ball 36 times in the final meaningless game against the Seahawks. So if the 2,000 yard milestone is a reason, I would have to say it was forced. Was Johnson a huge piece to their success? Absolutely. But Young won a couple of games in the final drives and had the most pressure on him after what happened last year. I thought Young proved a lot and the energy he brought to the team was the biggest reason why they were winning. I saw more intangibles in Young.


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