Who Should Win NFL 2009 Most Valuable Player Award
With only a few games left in the current NFL season, the post-season is right around the corner. That being said, it is time to determine who should be in the running for the most valuable player award. While there are quite a few names that merit consideration, I think that following players stand out simply because of what they have done for each of their teams.
The first name on the list for this season’s most valuable player award is “Brett Favre”. Yeah I know much has been said and written about the former Green Bay Packer quarterback that retired twice and decided to return in both scenarios. However, what he has done in Minnesota this year should not be overlooked. The Vikings were a good team before the acquisition of Favre as they were in the playoffs a season ago and beat out the Bears for the Central Division title as well. However, now with “Brett Favre” under snap this season, the expectations have escalated to Superbowl or bust. Many people doubted “Brett Favre” coming into the season because of the shoulder injury he suffered last year while playing with the Jets. However, Favre has not only met expectations but has exceeded them. He is in the top 10 in passing yards with almost 3,400 passing yards and 27 touchdowns along with a meager six interceptions. Only Vince Young and Brady Quinn have thrown fewer interceptions than Favre this year. As of right now the Vikings own the number two seed in the NFC with a record of 11-2 and it’s probably safe to say they will finish the season no worst than 12-4. To cement his case, “Brett Favre” turned 40 this year and is playing at a level that few people are capable of playing at which says a lot about his determination and heart.
The next name on the list is New Orleans Saints’ quarterback, “Drew Brees”. “Drew Brees” almost broke Dan Marino’s single season passing record last year but the Saints missed the playoffs. “Drew Brees” is right back at it this year as he is in the top 2 in the league in total passing yards (4,130). “Drew Brees” has thrown 33 touchdowns and 11 interceptions with a completion rate of over 69%. Before falling to the Cowboys yesterday, the Saints were one of last two undefeated teams in the league. “Drew Brees” has helped stake the Saints out to a 13-1 record and they may end up with the number one seed in the NFC; something that I’m sure many people did not expect coming into this season. It is very well possible that that the Saints and the Vikings could be squaring off in the NFC championship game to determine who will play in the big game this year. Even though the Saints have a balanced attacked between the run and the pass, their success in the post-season will ultimately depend on how well “Drew Brees” performs.
The last name on this list should probably not be a surprise to anyone. This player has probably done more with his team than any other quarterback in the league this year. Of course I am talking about “Peyton Manning”. “Peyton Manning” had a lot of question marks around his team coming into the season. One of those uncertainties was at the head coaching spot. Tony Dungy retired at the end of last season meaning that rookie coach Jim Caldwell would take over that responsibility. Another area of concern was at the receiver position. The Colts had decided in the off season to part ways with long-time receiver, Marvin Harrison. This was crucial because “Peyton Manning” and Marvin Harrison set an NFL record for most touchdown passes thrown and caught between a quarterback and receiver. With the being said, even “Peyton Manning” was concerned if he would be able to be get on the same page with his young core of receivers. Needless to say, “Peyton Manning” is not asking that question right now. He has led the Colts to a 14-0 start; only the third team in league history to accomplish this feat. “Peyton Manning” has also helped lead to Colts to an NFL record, 23 consecutive regular seasons after they defeated the Jaguars 35-31 a few nights ago. “Peyton Manning” leads the league in passing with over 4,200 total yards. “Peyton Manning” also leads the league in passing yards per game at 300. “Peyton Manning” has also thrown for 33 touchdowns and 15 interceptions and completing nearly sixty-nine percent of his passes. What makes what “Peyton Manning” is doing so amazing is that the Colts don’t have a consistent running game to balance their passing attack. Along with that, the Colts are also shorthanded on defense with injuries to defensive standouts Dwight Freeney and Bob Sanders. While “Peyton Manning” can be a candidate every season much like Michael Jordan was in the NBA, “Peyton Manning” should walk away with the award this year simply because he has had to do more with less than his quarterback counterparts and because he finds a different way to lead his team to victory week in and week out.