Sunday, December 2, 2012

Is Ndamukong Suh the "chosen one" for controversy?

Ever since he came into the league, I have felt that Suh was probably one of the most dirtiest players in the NFL. He doesn't do very much on field to try to prove otherwise either. So, last year he causes controversy over a very deliberate stomp to a Green Bay Packers player.

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He received a 2 game suspension for the incident. In its ruling, the NFL had cited that this was the 5th time Suh had been disciplined for on field conduct since being drafted in 2010.

Apparently, Suh is determined to make controversy a tradition on Thanksgiving. This year, Houston Texans quarterback received a kick to the groin courtesy of Suh.

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When the NFL reviewed this play, they ruled that they could not for certain say the kick was intentional. Many say it's obvious that it was. Suh received a $30K fine for the incident. Now, I would have been majorly upset if Brodrick Bunkley had gotten suspended and Suh didn't. However, neither got a suspension. With Suh's history to date, is a $30K fine appropriate? And did he intentionally kick Schaub?

Imagine my surprise when I went to browse the NFL.com website's articles the other day and found this one: Ndamukong Suh: 'I'm the chosen one' for controversy. My first thought? No, dumba$$! You choose to put yourself in that situation. There would be no controversy if he didn't continuously put himself in the positions he does! The NFL didn't choose him for controversy, he chose to put himself there!

The 49ers Quarterback Controversy

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Look! Here's proof that I don't care only about the Saints! But, honestly, I don't care about the 49ers much anyway. But, this story has been bothered me for awhile now.

First, Colin Kaepernick is a good quaterback. I'll give him that. But, seriously? After all the commotion in the off season concerning Alex Smith, we are subjected to this? Hopefully Smith knew deep down when the 49ers "went to watch Peyton Manning work out but weren't really serious about it" that he wasn't as valuable to the 49ers as he thought. That was proof that they were looking for someone better than he was all along. Ironically, they had what they seem to believe is the better quaterback all along. He was just hiding in the shadows behind Smith.

I understand that Smith got a concussion and had to sit out a week. So, you put in your back up and he does good against a team that wasn't playing up to par that week. Lucky? Perhaps. Is he better than Smith? Not enough evidence to conclude. At least not in my opinion. Then Smith is cleared to play. But, Coach decides that Kaepernick is his man. So, he starts against the Saints. Where 2 of your touchdowns were by the defense and the Saints have the 32nd ranked defense in the league. You win by 10. Enough evidence yet to conclude that Kaepernick should be the starter? No. Then we had to wait 3 days to see who would start this week. Came out it is Kaepernick. What a surprise, right?

Alex Smith has done nothing to warrant being benched. He got a concussion. He sat out until he was cleared. He hasn't even been given the chance to deserve being demoted. I compare this to the Green Bay Packers from last year. They sat Aaron Rodgers the last game of the season. They let the back up play who went on to set franchise records. But, did they say "Wow! Flynn did fantastic this week! Let's try him again next game and see if he's still as good." No! He sat behind Aaron Rodgers through the playoffs and then became a free agent. Green Bay knows who their franchise quaterback is and they stand behind him until he proves he needs to be sat. Too bad Alex Smith doesn't have that same loyalty. 

Friday, November 30, 2012

Bounty This, Bounty That...

Bounty has become a bad word to me. I absolutely hate it. Why? Because it is all I have heard since March. I haven't seen any proof of a bounty system. Nothing more than the affidavits of a) a bitter ex-employee of the Saints and b) a man who has to follow Goodell's every command in hopes of coaching again. Every other piece of "evidence" Goodell has he kept under lock and key; not even allowing the accused to see it.

So, taking away the signed affidavits, and going solely on the type of play on the field I walk away with only one impression. The Saints defense was playing good football. How do I come to this conclusion? Easy. Look how other teams play. For example: the San Francisco 49ers. They are hard hitting and no nonsense when it comes to defense. But, it's okay for them to play like that. It's just good football. We touch another player in the same manner, it's automatically "Bounty!" No, we just want a fair chance to play defense like every other team.

So, that's my serious question here. Why is it okay for a guy like Aldon Smith be tough and aggressive? But, if someone on the Saints, any player on the team in fact, does the same thing it is wrong?

Now, in the San Francisco @ New Orleans game (11/25/12), there was an incident in the last two minutes that was not a good thing for the Saints.

If that doesn't work well for you, click HERE to see it on NFL.com.

Here are my thoughts on Bunkley's actions. San Francisco player A. Boone is laying on the ground. He is holding the ankle of Saints #91, W. Smith. B. Bunkley, #77 reaches down and tried to get Boone to release Smith's ankle. Boone then swings at Bunkley which provoked the kick in the back of the helmet. Was the kick wrong? Absolutely. No matter what, Bunkley should not have kicked Boone. Did Bunkley deserve a punishment? Yes. And I was honestly surprised he was not given a 1 game suspension. This behavior is out of character for Bunkley and he hasn't been in trouble since signing with us. That may have helped him in avoiding a suspension. But, I wouldn't have had hurt feelings if he had been. That type of action is not acceptable for our team. And shouldn't be acceptable for any team.

I am so tired of whenever our boys try and play football they get accused of having a bounty program. Yet, another team can come in and hit as hard as they want and it's all good. It should be fairness across the board. If hard hitting for us is considered a bounty, then it should be considered a bounty for every team. The truth about bounty-gate will be coming out soon. Hopefully, the four accused will have their chance to tell their side since they all so vehemently swear that no such program took place.

**EDIT: Bunkley received a $20K fine for the kick.**

An Open Letter to Arthur Blank

Mr. Blank,

    I am writing this to discuss a minor problem. You see, this problem's name would be Roddy White. I cannot for the life of me understand why you let this man verbally represent your "company" (aka team). Personally, if this man worked in any way, shape or form for me, he'd be under a personal gag order.

A) He has no class. At all. This is a man who said last year, on his Twitter account, that he wished another Katrina would come wipe out the city of New Orleans. Seriously? This is how much respect for human life this man has? He wishes for death and destruction on a city of people? This is probably the most heartless and cruel and hateful man I have ever had the misfortune of having to read comments from. Even more sad? You let him represent you and your team.

B) He makes himself sound illiterate and even diminishes the integrity of higher education. He doesn't know basic grammar or basic spelling. I seriously have to wonder about the state of the college education system of this country. I have to wonder if the team, as a whole, enjoys that their spokesperson portrays himself as illiterate.


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Last I checked, it's spelled CHAMPAGNE, not champaign. My auto correct wants me to fix that typo, so yes, I know his version is spelled wrong. And I HATE seeing that squiggly red line under words!

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This is one of my biggest pet peeves. This is elementary school grammar. You have their, there and they're. It's important to understand which one goes in a written sentence. I'm not sure why he used the plural when he was explaining where someone was from. Its should be THERE, not their.

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Again, possessive and plurals are elementary grammar. FAMILIES, not family's. However, perhaps I should give him some credit. He did use to and your correctly.

I really try to refrain from being the grammar police. However, in this instance something should be said. Children in this country look up to superstars. Incorrect grammar and spelling just shows them that college and education isn't all that important. How about hire him a tutor to help him out. Surely he KNOWS the basics and just doesn't employ them. If not, then University of Alabama - Birmingham is not ever on my list of acceptable colleges.

It is he alone that makes me realize why Atlanta fans are the way they are. Of course they are going to resort to such a childish prank as egging a bus of the opposing team or wishing a hurricane would kill New Orleans' fans. They have a childish leader in Roddy White. As the owner of the Falcons it is your job to ensure that the general manager is doing his job: Making sure the people that represent you are doing it with intelligence and class.

Although, I must say I agree with Roddy White on one thing. New Orleans does have some good food. The city of Atlanta has never had much to offer in my opinion.

Stay classy, Atlanta. Oh, look, I made a joke. Between Roddy's mouth and the egg throwing fans, Atlanta has lost any class it ever had.



Sunday, November 18, 2012

How the BCS should be determined....

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This blog post will probably make me a hated person in the NCAA Football world, but hey, it's just my opinion. I don't like the current BCS championship method. I also don't like the future playoff method either. So, how do I feel the BCS championship game teams should be determined? Simple. A variation of the current one.

In the current system, teams are ranked by a computer system and by human polls (see here for an explanation of the system). In my simple mind, BCS ranking should be decided strictly by a computer statistical method. Your ranking should be based on who you played and how you played not the popularity contest it is today. Some say I am wrong but to me it seems fair. I mean in these human polls, are they not voting highly for the schools they want to see at the top and less for the schools they don't want to see? Even though statistically another school was better just not as popular. Here's an example from the 2011 season when it was announced that University of Alabama was #2 over Oklahoma State:

"Alabama (11-1) finished second in both the Harris and coaches' polls by a wide margin to make up for the fact that Oklahoma State was ahead in the computer ratings." (Source)

Keep in mind that Oklahoma State was also 11-1 and their conference champions. Alabama had lost to LSU which was undefeated and ranked #1. LSU was also the conference champions in the same conference Alabama was in. 

Now, yes I am an LSU fan. They did lose to Alabama in the BCS championship last year. But, statistically should Alabama even had been in it? It was admitted that Oklahoma State lead Alabama in the computer rankings. But, were the human polls fair? Was Alabama voted in at 2nd because of popularity of the SEC? I guess no one will really know. 




Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Playing in the NFL Twilight Zone

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When the replacement refs were officiating in the pre-season, I realized the 2012 NFL season was doomed if they continued into the regular season. Jokingly, I commented "Great, get ready for a Vikings/Cincy Super Bowl". I seriously did not mean it.

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I have seen almost every game have completely wrong calls. And several games were won/lost because  of calls. When it was announced that retired officials would be monitoring the games to try and reduce wrong and missed calls, I was only half relieved. Apparently, this idea still did not work.

The Saints have lost two games due to the calls of the refs. Putting that aside to prove that actually this isn't a "The NFL is against the Saints" post, I saw 3 games this week alone that were called wrong. The Detroit/Tennessee game on Sunday for instance. A penalty was called on Lions linebacker, Tulloch, and the refs re-set the ball from the wrong 44 yard line! This error resulted in Tennessee kicking the winning field goal because they were moved closer than they were supposed to be. The New England/Baltimore game on Sunday Night Football is questionable. Depending on the angle of the camera, the field goal may/may not have been good. The ultimate screw up was in the Monday Night Football game between Green Bay and Seattle. Nevermind the fact that Tate pushed off of a Green Bay defender that should have been called offensive pass interference and ended the game, it was obvious that the ball was intercepted in the end zone. In any case, no way should Seattle have won this game. This is just a few of the messed up calls that refs allowed to happen this week.

This is all in addition to the messed up flags/calls I saw in the previous weeks. I mean extra time outs, 5th downs, and more. When will this madness end?

I kind of feel bad for the replacement refs. They were thrown into a situation totally unprepared. They had no idea how to officiate in the NFL. But Goodell and the owners were all about saving that dollar. They were also intimidated and taken advantage of by players and coaches. There were several times I saw a player do something that they know is wrong, its just they wanted to see if they could get away with it. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't.

Personally, I don't think any team should settle for their current record. I think the league should wipe everyone down to 0-0 and start over having only 13 games this season. If they won or lost based on their playing performance alone, then yes they should've had that win/loss. However, if officiating changed the game, why should teams be punished for Goodell's screw up?



Sources:

Replacement officials' errors spark controversy in Week 3

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Week 4: LSU @ Auburn {NCAAF}

I was containing my excitement on the success of LSU becoming 3-0 in the weeks prior to this. They were playing teams that they should beat with ease. Plus the first 3 games were home games. I knew the first away game would be a test no matter the opponent. I, however, was not ready for this close, nail-biter of a game with Auburn University. I always would be a liar if I said that I didn't feel the slightest bit scared that LSU may even lose this game. I waffled back and forth trying to figure out if LSU was playing worse than the previous weeks or if they were "show-boating" assuming this would just be an easy win. I hope this game isn't showing that our defense has to be a step ahead of our offense to get wins. I am giving LSU the benefit of the doubt since this was Mettenberger's first away game and first SEC conference game. The real test of how LSU performs this season will be on October 6th when we play Florida away. Until then I will accept the ugly 4-0 record. Mettenberger did have two fumbles recovered by Auburn. This was the game of the punter....
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Week 2 Surprises {NFL}

There were some big surprises in the outcomes of game in Week 2.


  • Saints @ Panthers: While I hate that my beloved boys in Black and Gold lost to the Panthers, I'm not quite sure why suddenly people are claiming its a surprise. After Cam Newton's stellar performance last season, every one was saying that Carolina would be a team to watch this season. So, while I hate the loss, it wasn't that much of a surprise according to the standards set forth.
  • Chiefs @ Bills: According to the pre-season polls, Kansas City was going to be the team to beat in the AFC West. But, the "non-contender" Bills beat them 35-17. Mark me down as surprised. I figured Kansas City would at least win.
  • Cardinals @ Patriots: This was a real surprise although if the Patriots had made the field goal, they would've won. I never would have picked Arizona over New England. 
  • Redskins @ Rams: I was secretly hoping against all hope that the Rams would pull this win off. My hope was based on emotion and wanting the Redskins to lose as revenge for Week 1. And I must admit that James Laurinaitis is one of my favorite players even though he has never played on my team. I barely got my wish, but I got it. And it was a shock for others who assumed that RG3 was going to carry his winning momentum into Week 2.
  • Cowboys @ Seahawks: I think this was another one that no one saw coming. After Dallas' big win over the Giants last week, every one was ready to peg them as an undefeated team this year. But, Seattle owned the Cowboys this week.
  • Denver @ Atlanta: I'm not going to say the outcome was a surprise because deep down I knew the Falcons would win. What surprised me was the fact that it was not consistently a close game throughout. I expected more from Peyton.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Saints go 0-2: Weeks 1 & 2 {2012}

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I would be lying if I said I was not ashamed of the Saints right now. I love them, I do. I am still a Who Dat and I still have faith that they will make something of this season, but their playing the last 2 weeks should leave any fan concerned. I just didn't have it in me to blog after Week #1 so I am doing 2 weeks in one here. 

Week #1: Redskins @ Saints 
Week #1 (September 9th) we faced the Redskins at home. Maybe the fact that we went undefeated in the Dome last year lowered my pre-game anxiety. But, then the game started. I had my Saints gear on. I was ready to see my boys whip the Redskins tail and show all the doubters that we had overcome the adversity. These are the things I saw in Game 1 that contributed to our loss:
  • Offensive Line - Where was Brees' protection? We were letting the defenders pressure him all day. I wish we hadn't let our O-Line get broken up because we had the best in the league. Protection for Brees is a must! 
  • Offense Out of Sync - I'm not sure why, but the offense had been out of sync the entire game. Brees didn't seem like Brees when he was passing. There were many critical dropped passes. There was the Colston fumble. There was 2 interceptions thrown by Brees. This offense just wasn't OUR offense. 
  • Defense - Primarily the secondary. Injuries at Corner didn't help us at all. I feel our secondary has been weak for a couple years now. I knew we were facing a season without Vilma (which we may still lose him depending on Goodell's next punishment), but I felt the additions of Lofton, Hawthorne and Chamberlain (he ended up on IR) were good moves. These are veteran guys in the league who would have no problem learning our defense. And, as for tackling; has anyone bothered teaching our defense this? When I see a good tackle, 99% of the time its Jenkins. I catch myself yelling at the TV all the time to either just prevent the reception or stop forward progress! Make that the priority. Then worry about forcing a fumble, stripping, interceptions. Our defense can't keep letting these teams get downs; they need to be stopping them. I am really hoping Spagnuolo is still working out kinks and our defense is still getting used to his defense. I don't like soft defenses. 
  • Coaching - As much as I hate to admit it, I am beginning to believe Coach Payton has a bigger influence in this team than originally believed. But, Brees is a strong leader, he should be able to lead this offense almost as well as Payton. 
  • Replacement Refs - No one else seems to notice this, but it is a major contributor especially to this game. The final score was 40 - 32. However, in case no one noticed, the pass interference call on Roman Harper was wrong. It should not have been called. Now, here's why this botched call affected this game. That play was on 4th down. Harper was clean on his block; should have been incomplete pass not a flag for pass interference. Therefore, Washington never would have had the chance to get the touchdown on the next play because ball would have gone to Saints on downs. So, because of this botched call, we'll never know what the final score would have been. They could have still won. Or the Saints could have won despite all the other problems they were having. 
One highlight was the blocked punt which resulted in a Roby touchdown. 

Grades: Offense: D Defense: D Special Teams: B Coaching: D {And can I please give the Refs a grade??? D}
Yes, I was harsh. But, I have to be honest.


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Week #2: Saints @ Panthers
The way the Saints started out in this game, I was excited. It was looking like the Saints offense I love had re-emerged. As time went on, I realized I was wrong. Here's my take on what contributed to this loss:
  • Offensive Line - Again, we need to protect Drew! We need to get the pressure off him. He makes irrational decisions when under pressure. So, this O-line needs to step it up and protect him as well as he has been in the past. 
  • Offense - While our offense played a little better this week, there were some critical mistakes. Drew's interceptions was one. Both Moore and Graham had dropped passes that could have been touchdowns. 
  • Defense - This is an area I felt has needed work for 2 years now. And it still does. Hopefully soon I'll see the great improvements in defense we need.
I can't really blame this loss on refs. Sure, there were missed calls, but nothing that would have critically altered the game. But, even with the regular refs, we still had missed holding calls and pass interference calls. 

Grades: Offense: C+ Defense: D Special Teams: B Coaching: C {Refs: B}

Now, we are 0-2 for the first time since 2007. Its a crappy way to start the season, especially one in which we have a major chip on our shoulders. But, even through the adversity, we will somehow come together, because....
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Monday, January 16, 2012

Why Crucify Tim Tebow?

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Saturday night after the Broncos Divisional Playoff Round Loss to the New England Patriots, my facebook was flooded with hate for Tim Tebow. On Sunday, I asked for the Tebow haters to come out and give me a reason why they hated him. I didn't want a "just because" answer, I wanted a real reason. I could understand if you were are fan of San Diego, Kansas City or Oakland because they are division rivals. I am open about the fact that I hate the Atlanta Falcons since they are my team's rivals. I also hate the other two teams in the NFC South, the Bucs and the Panthers. Sadly only one person on facebook responded negatively and one person on twitter. Apparently, the only reason anyone hates Tebow is "just because".

I am a LSU and University of Miami fan. Tim Tebow went to the University of Florida. LSU and UF are SEC rivals. Miami and UF are rivals within the state of Florida. I pretty much was against Tebow his entire college career. I was even one of his doubters when the NFL draft came up. But, really how much can I deny now?

I can't continue to hate players from rival colleges once they enter the NFL. I would hate several of my favorite players from my own favorite NFL team. Now, no secret, you play for Atlanta then you are dead to me. Even if you came from my favorite college team. I will despise you until you leave Atlanta. Except Roddy White. I'll hate him forever but that's because of the dumb shit he says (that's another blog entirely!)

Everyone said Tim Tebow would not make it as a quarterback in the NFL. I pretty much agreed. I remember right before the draft, he said he'd even play tight end if that's what a team needed him to do. How can he not catch attention by showing that much dedication to the sport of football? He got drafted to the NFL. I figured he'd disappear into the back burner. I was wrong. He still had critics everywhere. "Tebow will never make it." "Tebow will never be a starting QB." Why keep reminding him he was the back up to the back up? How many other back ups were getting this attention? Can anyone name the back up for any team other than their own? Then came the criticism because he is open about his Christianity. I know he'd receive much more criticism if he were Muslim, etc., so I seriously have to wonder why the criticism for Christianity. Isn't that what the majority of the people in this country want? Spokespeople for the religion? I'm so confused with the 360's being done.

Never mind his religion, he has publicly declared he's a virgin. In today's society how many people can say that? I can't say I was a virgin at his age. Heck, I had already had a kid by his age. Now, who do I want my kids looking up to? Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears or Tim Tebow. No brainer. Tebow all the way. As a home schooling parent, he is a wonderful example for us. He's educated, smart, worked hard, went to college, made something of himself. Home schooled or not, isn't this what we want our kids to inspire to do? This year so many juniors are declaring for the draft instead of staying for their senior year. What role model would we prefer for our kids? "I graduated from college." or "I left school early in hopes of making it in the NFL." While he is not the only athlete to finish college before entering the draft, he is in the media more than others. It's time to have the positive ones in the spotlight. Would we rather have the players involved in drugs, sex scandals, guns, dog fighting, illegal activity, etc in the spotlight or little "holy roller" Tim Tebow?

While maybe I don't want to hear about Tim Tebow all day every day, it is a refreshing to hear about the good and not the bad. The one standing up for his beliefs and not following the wrong path that so many athletes follow. It's refreshing to see an athlete whose first thought with their paycheck isn't a house or car or parties but a children's hospital in the Philippines.

Now, past his character let's actually go to football. The Broncos were 1-4 with Kyle Orton as QB. After the bye week, Tim Tebow started. His record as a starter was 7-4. The Broncos finished the season 8-8. Before the bye week, the Broncos were at the bottom of the division. After Tim Tebow took over, they went on to win the division and 4th seed in the AFC playoffs. Labeled an underdog, the Broncos were expected to lose in the first round against the Steelers. Surprisingly, they didn't. Tebow again did what so many said he couldn't. While he may not be the greatest QB out there, he has what so many players are missing these days. He has heart and dedication. Some players attitudes are "I'm the best there is" (re: Cam Newton). But, Tebow is a "I'm willing to learn all I can to make myself better." I can't hate a humble guy.

One response I got on twitter was that Tebow was "overrated". I'm not sure how to take that. It seems everyone is talking about how bad he is and how he'll never make it. How is that making him overrated? Is he overrated because of his personal beliefs? I wouldn't call him overrated because of that. I admire him for it. It's tough to stand up for what you believe these days. He's not the only NFL player that is religious. Ram's MLB, James Laurinaitis tweets Bible verses frequently. After Saints' QB, Drew Brees, broke Dan Marino's record, he was seen praying in the locker room. Personally, I don't see Tebow as overrated. Possibly, he's underrated and not given the credit he probably deserves.

Not only should Tim Tebow be admired for his personal beliefs and his improving QB skills, but also for the motivation and inspiration he brought to the team. Several teammates have publicly stood behind Tim Tebow. Teams usually play better when they feel the unity. The QB is usually labelled the leader of the team. Look at Drew Brees. He is undeniably the leader of the Saints. The same is true for Tebow. This Broncos team, with a 1-4 record and no hope of playoffs, put their trust in this kid that the media had labelled almost a religious zealot and low-level QB. And together they took their division and won the first round playoff game.

Tim Tebow won more play off games this season than Aaron Rodgers did. Tebow has won more playoff games than Matt Ryan has. Don't hate on him just because you think he is over publicized. I would rather hear about him than the evil in the world. Besides, 99% of the sports media is talking negative about him, so doesn't that make the haters happy? In every single Eagles game there is at least 5 references about Michael Vick and dog fighting. Even if he's not playing! During every single Saints game, there is at least 5 references about Katrina. Really? I'd rather hear about Tim Tebow visiting children's hospitals than more Katrina references.

Leave poor Tebow alone. Want to crucify a football player? Pick one who has done nothing positive to be in the spotlight.


Monday, January 2, 2012

2011 NFL MVP: Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees?

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This is the question on everybody's mind. Who should be the MVP this year? While many have been saying Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers for pretty much the entire season, I am not convinced. At all. While I cannot deny the fact that the Packers have an outstanding record, 15-1, this is not an award for the Best Team in the NFL. It is a an award for the Most Valuable Player in the NFL.

Pretty much the entire season, I have said Peyton Manning. It is very obvious he is the most valuable player on the Indianapolis Colts. Their offense, defense and special teams struggle without him. However, this theory is not an option.

If I were to be one that had to vote for this award, I would have been leaning torwards Drew Brees. After the games on January 1st, my decision would have been final. Drew Brees without a doubt. Why? It's simple. The Green Bay Packers proved that Rodgers was not the most valuable player. When those words go through my mind, I think "Who is the best player, individually, that was valuable this season?" Simple. Drew Brees.

On Monday, December 26th, 2011 Drew Brees passed the 27 year old record by Dan Marino for Most Passing Yards in a Single Season. A record he continued to pad onto this week. By the end of Week 17, Brees was tied for or held 22 NFL records. Most of these were done in the current season. He surpassed Peyton Manning's completions in a season record. He is currently tied with Manning with Most Consecutive Seasons with 4,000+ passing yards with 6. Since Manning did not play this season, Brees has the chance to own that record as well. But, that's for another season. How many records does Rodgers own? Three. And only two are from this season. All that matters is what happened THIS season though.

Yes, the Packers finished with the best record in the NFL this season (15-1). The Saints finished 13-3. But, unless the QB was the passer, reciever, rusher, punter, kicker, kick/punt returner, and played defense then the wins were a group effort. For an individual award, you need to look at what they did individually. Brees was very obviously the clear winner here.

As we sit here at the end of week 17, this week's games tells it all. Green Bay had secured all it needed - division, number 1 seed and home field advantage. They made the decision to sit their starters against the Lions. Back-up quarterback, Matt Flynn, started the game. And played the entire game. He also set 2 Green Bay franchise records - yards in a game and TDs in a game. He is the only Packer to throw for 6 TDs in a single game. That's better than Rodgers AND even Favre. Drew Brees and the Saints still had a small chance for the number 2 seed so playing to win was the only option. This set Brees up for more records - personal, franchise and NFL. Flynn and the Packers went on to beat the Lions 45-41. Drew Brees {and back up Chase Daniels who played in the 4th quarter} beat the Panthers 45 - 17.

Wait. Green Bay's BACK UP quarterback was setting franchise records while the MVP quarterback was sitting on the bench? So, while Rodgers was watching his back up do something he never did, Brees was playing. And putting a bow on his spectacular regular season. Sorry. But, Flynn proved to the NFL fan base that Rodgers was not *THAT* valuable. Obviously, his back up can come in at any given time and do just as well. I'm sorry but Daniels isn't at that level for the Saints yet. So, how can Rodgers be MVP over Brees? Simple - he can't.

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