The NFL MVP award is based on a variety of statistical and perceptive categories. Voters look for things like total yards, team record, whether or not that players team made the playoffs and relative comparisons to counterparts at the same position. Most of, if not all of the time, voters choose a quarterback because it is quite possibly the most coveted position in sports. To me, the MVP award should be given to the player that if you take him off the team, how much of an effect would that have. It's not an easy variable to measure but I believe that is the biggest factor when weighing that decision.Now I'm not saying that the quarterback isn't the most important position on the field. The QB makes the calls at the line of scrimmage, handles the ball on every play and takes all the praise and blame whether it's deserved or not. I'm also very aware that without an elite quarterback, a team has next to no chance of winning a Super Bowl. The value of a solid QB is without question the #1 thing an organization looks for to get their franchise started. But I'm just sick and tired of a quarterback automatically winning the MVP award every season.A quarterback has won the MVP award 19 out of the last 25 years including Aaron Rodgers last season. Since 1986, the only other position to win the MVP award has been at running back. In case you were wondering, Lawrence Taylor won the award in 86' as the last defensive player to take home the trophy. They either need to change the name of the award or change the system all together.
I'm not saying that Tom Brady and Peyton Manning didn't deserve to win their MVP's. I'm simply saying there were players like Randy Moss, Darrelle Revis and Ray Lewis all worthy of winning as well. Unfortunately defensive statistics don't stand out as much as a 5,000 yard passing or 2,000 yard rushing season. At least the NFL is smart enough to give out the defensive MVP as well. But may I propose a solution that gives every player a chance?I say we award an MVP for every position...even kicker. I know they recognize the best players at each position but it's usually mentioned quickly on the bottom line of ESPN or something. Calvin Johnson could have easily won the MVP last season. Without him the Lions don't make the playoffs. That goes back to my earlier point about the eye test and taking a player off a team as a contributing factor when choosing the MVP. The Houston Texans parted ways with Mario Williams and DeMeco Ryans. Would they be where they are now without J.J. Watt? I doubt it.
Adrian Peterson, Charles Tillman and Roddy White are all MVP candidates to me that probably don't have a chance at winning. It will most likely be Brady, Rodgers or Peyton. A running back won't win the award unless they break a big time record like LaDanian Tomlinson in 2006 (31 TD's) or rush for 2,000 yards like Terrel Davis in 1998. And again, these are based on stats. I just think it's time we recognize more than 45 touchdown passes and 5,000 yard seasons because this league is built to throw the ball. I know it's not easy but it's easier to throw for monster numbers now then when Dan Marino had that historic 1984 season in which by the way he won the MVP.So I hope the league considers something like this and give an MVP or at least the proper recognition to the best player at every position. Not just based on stats and breaking records, but on how important that player is to his team and where they would be without him. I believe the voters did get it right with Peyton Manning on several occasions as displayed by the Colts miserable season in 2011 in The Sheriff's absence. But given all the incredible talent in this league I believe it's time to consider breaking up this award or simply modifying it so the award doesn't always go to the quarterback with the best stats in the league.Listen LIVE tonight (Thursday 11/29) from 6 - 8 pm EST to The Route 4 Sports Podcast as we discuss this topic and all the hot news and notes in the NFL taking you up to Saints vs Falcons kickoff. Click Here to Listen