MVP and POY carry very different meanings although many fans and “analysts” like to lump the two together. Just because you had an outstanding season doesn’t always translate to the ultimate “value” to your team. I use Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady for examples of value. Take them off their respective rosters and you will clearly see the drastic different in their teams. Case in point, the 2017 Green Bay Packers. I’ll use Antonio Brown for an example of an outstanding season. In the last five years, no wide receiver has been more consistent and unstoppable at the position.
And in the last five years, how many MVP’s has Antonio Brown won?
How about offensive player of the year?
Why? Because this award was basically turned into a two horse award. Either the MVP usually takes home both awards (Matt Ryan 2016), or a running back has an off the charts statistical season to go along with a QB taking home MVP honors (DeMarco Murray, 2014).
Since 1972, this award has been given to a non-QB/RB only twice. 1987 and 1993.
Jerry Rice and… Jerry Rice.
Let’s take a look at the candidates…
The Vegas Squares pick for MVP seems like a lock to win this award as well, if history is determined to repeat itself. The last two NFL seasons, Cam Newton and Matt Ryan have won both NFL MVP and offensive Player of the Year. Good news for Tom, both QB’s guided their respective franchises to Super Bowl berths. Bad news for Tom, they both lost. Brady has thrown for 4300 yards with 30 TDs compared to 8 INTs. He also engineered two more come from behind game-winning drives to add to his Hall of Fame resume’. TB12 has struggled at times this season as well, leading talking heads to say they can see the ending of the book.
This kid doesn’t give two shits who’s throwing him the ball. The man got paid this year and still has the hunger and drive to snatch up everything in his airspace. Hopkins enters week 17 with 92 receptions for 1,313 yards and 12 TDs. He has received passes from the likes of Deshaun Watson, Tom Savage and T.J. Yates. Bleck! Don’t get me wrong, Watson will be a star, but Hopkins makes everyone look good. The kid had some big shoes to fill following the departure of Andre Johnson. I’d say, he filled them and then some.
Gurley’s resurgence has been the biggest catalyst to the spectacular turnaround of the Los Angeles Rams. I’m sure this is what Stan Kroenke envisioned when he packed up the team and left the 314. Gurley rushed for 1300+ yards and 13 TDs while adding 64 receptions for 780 yards and another 6 TDs. The former first round pick had a year to forget in 2016. A career low 885 yards on the same number of carries that he already has this year. An abysmal 3.2 ypc. But all that is in the past as Gurley leads LA in to the second season for the first time since 2005.
What is there to say about Antonio Brown that hasn’t been said the last five years? He is the most complete receiver in the NFL today. Another stellar season hauling in 101 receptions for 1,533 yards and 9 TDs. In the last five years, he has had AT LEAST 106 catches, 1200 yards and 8 TDs. He can take the top off the defense. He can run the slants. He can catch the ball in traffic. He can make guys miss multiple times on one play. And he returns punts from time to time. Hands down Antonio Brown is the best player, talent wise, in my opinion in the NFL.
And the winner is…