Aaron Rodgers (15-1 record). Drew Brees (13-3 record). Tom Brady (13-3 record).
Aaron Rodgers (122.5 rating). Drew Brees (110.6 rating). Tom Brady (105.6 rating).
Aaron Rodgers (68.3% comp). Drew Brees (71.2% comp). Tom Brady (65.6% comp).
Aaron Rodgers (4,643 yards). Drew Brees (5,476 yards). Tom Brady (5,235 yards).
Aaron Rodgers (45 TDs, 6 INT). Drew Brees (46 TDS, 14 INT). Tom Brady (39 TD, 12 INT).
Aaron Rodgers (sacked 36 times). Drew Brees (sacked 24 times). Tom Brady (sacked 32 times).
Aaron Rodgers (60 runs, 257 yards, 3 TD). Drew Brees (21 runs, 86 yards, 1 TD). Tom Brady (43 runs, 109 yards, 3 TD).
Rodgers and Green Bay were the best regular season team.
Brees and the Saints have the best offense (1st overall, 1st passing, 6th rushing).
Packers, Saints, and Patriots were top-3 in scoring.
Running Back by Committee
Packers: Ryan Grant, James Starks
Saints: Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram, Christopher Ivory
Patriots: Ben-Jarvis Green-Ellis, Stevan Ridley, Danny Woodhead
Packers: Greg Jennings, Jermichael Finley, Jordy Nelson
Saints: Darren Sproles, Marques Colston, Jimmy Graham
Patriots: Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez
They have more than just these weapons, but those are their money/go-to guys.Of course these quarterbacks didn’t have the seasons they did alone.
Packers have 1 Pro Bowl offensive lineman (Wells) and fullback John Kuhn made it as well.
Saints have 3 Pro Bowl offensive lineman (Nicks, Bushrod, Evans).
Patriots have 2 Pro Bowl offensive lineman (Mankins, Waters).
Packers defense leads the NFL with 32 interceptions.Packers had 29 sacks.
Patriots are tied for 2nd with 23 interceptions.Patriots had 40 sacks.
Saints are 2nd to last with 9 interceptions.Saints had 33 sacks.
Defensive Stats (In terms of yardage)
GB: 14 vs. run, 32 vs. pass, ranked 32nd
NE: 17 vs. run. 31 vs. pass, ranked 31st
NO: 12 vs.run, 30 vs. pass, ranked 24th
Roman Harper (96 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 7 passes defended)
Jabari Greer (72 tackles, 1 interception, 18 passes defended).
Patrick Robinson & Tracy Porter (combined 100 tackles, 5 interceptions, 25 passes defended).
Will Smith (6.5 sacks) & Junior Galette (4.5 sacks).
Green Bay Defense
Green Bay quietly had a defense full of standouts. By the way, let’s begin with Pro Bowl player and my vote for Defensive Player of the Year:
Charles Woodson (75 tackles, 2 sacks, 7 interceptions, 17 passes defended).
Desmond Bishop (115 tackles, 5 sacks)
Tramon Williams (64 tackles, 4 interceptions, 22 passes defended)
Clay Matthews (50 tackles, 6 sacks, 3 interceptions, 9 passes defended)
Charlie Peprah (94 tackles, 5 interceptions, 10 passes defended)
Morgan Burnett (106 tackles, 3 interceptions, 11 passes defended)
Sam Shields (45 tackles, 4 interceptions, 12 passes defended)
A.J. Hawk had 84 tackles and Pro Bowler B.J. Raji is a force at defensive tackle (3 sacks).
If it feels like I named their whole defense, then that’s exactly the point I’m trying to get a cross. This is not the worst defense in the league and they make things happen.
Pro Bowl defensive lineman Vince Wilfork & Andre Carter.
Kyle Arrington (88 tackles, 7 interceptions, 13 passes defended).
Jerrod Mayo (94 tackles, 1 sack, 2 interceptions, 4 passes defended).
Devin McCourty (87 tackles, 2 interceptions, 12 passes defended).
Rob Ninkovich (74 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 4 passes defended).
Again, another good defense that is opportunistic. It’s not about yardage allowed when you judge a defense, especially with so many defensive standouts and offenses that have these teams constantly playing with a lead.
Coach fo the Year
Mike McCarthy. Best record in football. Great offense, great defense. It’s never easy returning to the playoffs after a Superbowl season, and they nearly went undefeated with the biggest target on their backs.
Not to say Sean Payton, Bill Belichick, and some other coaches (John Harbaugh and Marvin Lewis) don’t deserve to be in the conversation, but McCarthy deserves recognition of this award.
Most Valuable Player
One game should not throw off an entire season. Matt Flynn’s game leaves some to wonder whether or not it is the system as opposed to the quarterback in Green Bay. That is a weak argument because it was only one game, against a mediocre defense that the Lions have. That should not override any of the greatness we have seen from Aaron Rodgers leading the Packers offense. He has had an extraordinary season and a memorable season of performances. Some go as far to say that he had the best run that any QB ever had. He led his team to a 15-1 record, undefeated at home, 7-1 on the road. Best record in the league and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Brees marched in and broke Dan Marino’s record for passing yards in a season. He did it in style on Monday Night Football on a touchdown pass. He almost broke it a couple seasons ago, and he did so this season in which he led his team to 13 wins. The only knock here is, he lost head-to-head against Rodgers in week 1 and is the #3 seed in the playoffs.
Brady put up another Brady-like season, putting himself in the MVP conversation yet again. Leading his team in the clutch and from behind several times, the Patriots notched 13 wins, the #1 seed, and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
So, the Packers most likely have the Coach of the Year, may have the Defensive Player of the Year, and you may have to pry the MVP award out of Green Bay or it could be a clean sweep!
As for me, after going back and forth on this countless times…
I’m going to go with…
Umm…can there be tri-MVPs?
Well, remember back when Peyton Manning & Steve McNair’s were co-MVPs in 2004?
It pains me to leave one of these deserving stud quarterbacks off the list, so I will only choose one, not 2.
Get the brooms out because Green Bay takes the top-3 awards with their spectacular season, Aaron Rodgers gets my final answer vote for Most Valuable Player in the National Football League!
Stay tuned for other awards to follow…