Who should be the NFL's MVP?

12/14/09 in NFL   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

The Most Valuable Player award has come down to four players who are deserving of it: Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Brett Favre, and Chris Johnson. Lets take a look at these four players and what they bring to their team to determine who should get the award.
 
Peyton Manning: Peyton Manning’s performance this season has been nothing short of amazing. Some expected a drop in his performance because of the loss of longtime coach Tony Dungy and longtime target Marvin Harrison. But this season has just been Manning being Manning
 
If Manning wasn’t a Colt: This would be a team struggling to reach the .500 mark. He makes the entire offense better and has made guys like Austin Collie & Pierre Garcon guys that defensive coordinators have to gameplan for. This would not be the case if someone else was under center for Indianapolis. He makes the offense better and he makes the defense better because they know if they can get stops, Peyton & Co. can get points.
 
Drew Brees: After his Maddenesque 2008 campaign, Drew Brees hasn’t had to pass nearly as much this season with the new found balance of the New Orleans Saints offense. But his distribution of the football and accurate passes has been the key factor in the Saints 13-0 start. Every receiver on the field had better be looking for the ball when he’s passing it, because it just might come their way.
 
If Brees wasn’t a Saint: With this turnover creating defense and a myriad of talent on offense, this would still be a decent team if Brees wasn’t the quarterback. They have arguably the best group of receivers in the league, and that is with them getting pretty much no contribution from last year’s leading receiver (Lance Moore). With Brees, they’re a Super Bowl contender. Without him, they’d be a 6-8 win team, because no matter how talented your skill players are, if the QB can’t get them the ball, it’s a waste of talent.
 
Brett Favre: The 40-year old signal caller has looked like the Favre of old and not an old Favre. More importantly than anything, he has not been the Delhommian interception machine that he has been the last couple of seasons. He has also been a key factor in the development of young receivers Bernard Berrian & Sidney Rice.
 
If Favre wasn’t a Viking: There’d definitely be a lot less angry Cheeseheads. But the Vikings managed to win 10 games without Favre last year. If you don’t have Favre, you still have decent receivers, a strong defense, and a potent running game, which can get you 8-10 wins. But as we saw, it can only take you so far in the playoffs
 
Chris Johnson: Johnson is as about complete a back as there is. He has blazing speed, he has great hands out of the backfield, and he can lower his shoulder and power through defenders (just ask Brian Russell). His chase of Eric Dickerson has been fun to watch. He’s been able to accomplish all these things with teams keying in on stopping him.
 
If Johnson wasn’t a Titan: The season before Johnson was drafted, the Titans were a playoff team, with LenDale “Patron” White leading their rushing attack. Some Titans fans weren’t all too pleased to see the Titans drafted the East Carolina running back when they desperately needed receivers, and they already had White & Chris Henry on the roster. This proved to be a wise decision as Johnson has become one of the best backs in football, and in some peoples view, the best. Without CJ28, they’d probably be a lot like their AFC South brethren the Houston Texans – pushing towards the edge of success only to faint at the last minute.
 
With all this being said, the player that I would give the MVP award to is: Peyton Manning. Of the four players, no player is more valuable or vital to the team’s success. If Manning was to be lost due to injury, they’re going to have to go with Jim Sorgi Curtis Painter, which is an obvious decrease in talent. Drew Brees’ backup is veteran Mark Brunell, who could at the very least be a decent game manager. Favre’s backup is T-Jack/Sage: T-Jack has been somewhat serviceable as an NFL quarterback, so has Sage, except when he has those Delhommian moments when he turns the ball over. But you could probably lean on Peterson a little more, until he fumbles of course. Johnson’s backup, LenDale White, has the ability to eat up yards when he gets the ball (pun intended) so they’d be kind of okay there. But subtract Peyton from the Colts and this team will be strugg-a-ling.
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12/15/09   |   fanojulieann

WBKsports wrote:
 The MVP really in all truth should be the QB from the team who wins Super Bowl XLIV...Brees, Manning, Rivers, or Favre...or even Tom Brady if the Patriots get locked in again.

I'd vote for Chris Johnson...But I would give A.P. those votes 1st because his team is 11-2...

I may also throw in some votes for Antonio Gates... He has 71 receptions, 1,038 yds, and 5 TDs playing TE in a system where Vincent Jackson has 950 yds and Malcolm Floyd and D-Sproles each have a 500 yds...

I also like Wes Welker...Dude has 105 catches, 1,158 yds, 4TDs with Randy Moss as the #1 option on the Patriots.

good

12/15/09   |   soccerdudenk   |   12 respect

lol adrian peterson will fumble all the time

12/15/09   |   ManningsOffense   |   241 respect

Peyton Manning all the way without a doubt!!!

12/15/09   |   coyotedances   |   23972 respect

Peyton Manning gets my vote

12/14/09   |   icedee   |   170 respect

I think with the way the Titans season has gone and Johnson being pretty consisitent he should be MVP. But Peyton Jock riders and Favre's biased lovers will vote one of  these two as MVP. It's a shame because the aforementioned have a supporting cast while Johnson did not Always have one. 

12/14/09   |   jjplynch   |   264 respect

By the logic I see here, Troy Polamalu is the MVP, the Steelers have rolled over and died when he is not playing. 

12/14/09   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

johnshirey54 wrote:
You would give Adrian Peterson MVP votes? Peterson only has three one-hundred yard rushing games this season, two of which came against the Lions and Browns. Sure he is tied of most rushing touchdowns (fourteen) in the NFL right now, but last year LenDale White had fifteen rushing touchdowns. Would you have ever considered voting for White?

They should not award Adrian Peterson the MVP Trophy. He'd just fumble it anyway.

12/14/09   |   WBKsports   |   366 respect

(Edited by WBKsports)

 Of course I would give A.P. some votes...He's also had 3 other games with 90+ yards...and 3 more with 80+ yards. He's had 180, 143, and 133...He's got 1,200 yards 14 TDs with 3 games to go...He'll probably end up with 50 receptions 500 yds receiving.

I base my votes around how much a guy helps out his team...Obviously Brett Favre has been the QB for the 11-2 Vikings, but what about A.P.

Would I give A.P. more votes than Chris Johnson? I want to, but Johnson has had a way better season than A.P. has. The guy may end up with 2,000 this season...8 straight games over 100 yds, 4 games over 150 yds, a couple of 130 yd games, and just about 2 games with 200 yds rushing. He'll probably have 15  total TDs with 50 receptions and 500 yds receiving.

Would I have voted LenDale White for MVP last season because he had 15 TDs??? Are you serious? White had under 800 yards rushing and caught only 5 passes all season long. Chris Johnson carried the Titans most of last season too...

 Other than TDs, Lendale White's 2008 season is not really comparable to A.P.'s 2009 campaign.


12/14/09   |   gobigblue1960   |   4805 respect

If both the Colts and the saints get to 16-0, then Manning and Brees should be co-MVP's. If one, or the other goes 16-0, then they are the MVP. If no team goes undefeated, the i say Brees for what he, and the Saints, have accomplished.

12/14/09   |   Jay_B   |   193 respect

You can make a case 4 all those guys, but my is Chris Johnson!!!

12/14/09   |   badgermann   |   30 respect

Lets not forget to give Aaron Rodgers some love. He has done great when u consider the amount of sacks and line issues that the Packers have had all year. Personally it be Manning, Rivers, Brees in that order!

12/14/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

I'll take Manning, I think he's having the best year and I think the Colts play better competition, overall, than the Saints do.

12/14/09   |   johnshirey54   |   162 respect

(Edited by johnshirey54)

You would give Adrian Peterson MVP votes? Peterson only has three one-hundred yard rushing games this season, two of which came against the Lions and Browns. Sure he is tied of most rushing touchdowns (fourteen) in the NFL right now, but last year LenDale White had fifteen rushing touchdowns. Would you have ever considered voting for White?

12/14/09   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

Rivers and Chris Johnson are just behind Brees, with Manning [the really good one], and Favre rounding out the top 5, if defensive players could get some love: Elvis Dumervil demands double-teams and has 15 sacks, Darren Sharper is as vital to the Saints' defense as Brees is to the offense, Patrick Willis has quietly become the best all-around MLB in the game, Charles Woodson is playing like a man with 10 fewer years on him, he lines up all across the secondary he covers Xs, Ys, slots and TEs and makes big plays. 

12/14/09   |   soccerdudenk   |   12 respect

raghavendar7 wrote:
Chris Johnson

that's a way d to say it I mean he's hot on fire baby no one can stop him and he's on his way to breaking eric dickersons record

12/14/09   |   jerryyelverton   |   165 respect

 I don't put Brees in the same category as Manning... YET.
But, this season, Brees has a little better stats. If the Saints go undefeated and the Colts don't, I think Brees will win.

12/14/09   |   SGriffin05   |   90 respect

Drew Brees! Manning loses points for ints.

12/14/09   |   CowboyFan1   |   74 respect

Payton is great as always,I lean a bit more towards Brett....but I would have to vote for Drew,he really is the heart and soul of that team.

12/14/09   |   mk_donley   |   2554 respect

Peter Marshall: Paul, who won the NFL MVP in 2009?
Paul Lynde: Oh, Brady Quinn.

Answer: Drew Brees

12/14/09   |   shfessler   |   55 respect

knucklebuster wrote:
You take any "good" quarterback out and bring in his backup it's a no brainer what will happen! This isn't the 90's where a team like the Bills can bring in a no name backup and pull upsets and comebacks because the team rallys around the quarterback. A good back up takes the pressure off the no1 in this case I'll go with Drew Brees' as NFL mvp at this stage. There are 3 to go so things could change!

I have to say that Drew Brees should be MVP he motivates his players and gets them to do their best.  The best Wr's in the league are you kidding me he makes them better by his ability to get them the ball!  Realize we are talking about the Saints!  The Saints!  They are undefeated that is amazing!  Take Drew Brees off and they would be the Saints of old.  Ask the Saint fans how they feel about Drew Brees?  I wish we had him in KC!

12/14/09   |   WBKsports   |   366 respect

(Edited by WBKsports)

 The MVP really in all truth should be the QB from the team who wins Super Bowl XLIV...Brees, Manning, Rivers, or Favre...or even Tom Brady if the Patriots get locked in again.

I'd vote for Chris Johnson...But I would give A.P. those votes 1st because his team is 11-2...

I may also throw in some votes for Antonio Gates... He has 71 receptions, 1,038 yds, and 5 TDs playing TE in a system where Vincent Jackson has 950 yds and Malcolm Floyd and D-Sproles each have a 500 yds...

I also like Wes Welker...Dude has 105 catches, 1,158 yds, 4TDs with Randy Moss as the #1 option on the Patriots.

12/14/09   |   Captain_Chaos   |   287 respect

thats a tough call man - I think, despite being a who dat - i'd have to lean towards Peyton

12/14/09   |   Jeff_P   |   19925 respect

it will go to BREES OR MANNING, just cuz their teams are undefeated, and they are having great years, you can not give it to either one, they are deserving just cuz of their teams record, which i believe BOTH TEAMS WILL GO UNDEFEATED

12/14/09   |   ProfessorPlum   |   15 respect

Most Valuable Player is definitely Chris Johnson. Manning and Brees are more like Best Player on #1 teams

12/14/09   |   raghavendar7   |   10 respect

Chris Johnson

12/14/09   |   ipunki   |   91 respect

Favre all the way!! Vikings wouldn't be where they are today without Good Ole' Brett. He bounced back from the Cardinals loss and put up some decent numbers yesterday. I expect Minnesota to get more than one win this year in the playoff's, unless they play Arizona in the 1st week...

12/14/09   |   ChiTown123   |   111 respect

 Favre has also been key in the development of this Percy Harvin character, too.

12/14/09   |   LoriDbl18fan   |   138 respect

I have to agree that right now Manning has the edge because of what he has accomplished this year with everything that was stacked againest him.  However, I think it'll come down to who lasts the longest this year between him and Brees more so than what they give to their teams.

12/14/09   |   gau13   |   217 respect

Aaron Rodgers. lol jk, I would say Brees.

12/14/09   |   pennjersey_jimmy   |   47 respect

Phillip Rivers should at least be in the discussion.  Rivers has been Key to Chargers Win streak.  I think they would be battling KC and the Raiders for bottom of AFC West.  Still would not have a problem with Brees or Chris Johnson (a lock for MVP of my Fantasy team) winning the MVP.

12/14/09   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

knucklebuster wrote:
You take any "good" quarterback out and bring in his backup it's a no brainer what will happen! This isn't the 90's where a team like the Bills can bring in a no name backup and pull upsets and comebacks because the team rallys around the quarterback. A good back up takes the pressure off the no1 in this case I'll go with Drew Brees' as NFL mvp at this stage. There are 3 to go so things could change!

True, but my article was examining the value of each player to the team...If Brees wins the MVP, I'd be thrilled, but I slightly give the edge to Manning

12/14/09   |   Superbleeder   |   94 respect

(Edited by Superbleeder)

Brees.  His team is undefeated and hes playing better than Manning. Another guy that deserves it is Philip Rivers.

12/14/09   |   knucklebuster   |   79 respect

You take any "good" quarterback out and bring in his backup it's a no brainer what will happen! This isn't the 90's where a team like the Bills can bring in a no name backup and pull upsets and comebacks because the team rallys around the quarterback. A good back up takes the pressure off the no1 in this case I'll go with Drew Brees' as NFL mvp at this stage. There are 3 to go so things could change!