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Sharing is Caring: Why there should be co-MVP’s this season

In Sports on January 4, 2012 at 9:01 pm

by: Eric Buenning

Both of them have great arms teamed with sniper-like accuracy.  Both of them are the faces of the franchises and the cities in which said teams are located.  Both of them are better human beings than they are football players (which is saying a lot, consider their talent on the field).  Both are Super Bowl champions.

As you can see, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers have a lot in common.  There is one more thing I haven’t mentioned that they should also share this season:  the MVP award.  Yes, it’s uncommon, and people aren’t thrilled about the idea.  But when you look at these two quarterbacks and the seasons they’ve each had, you can’t give it to one or the other guy.  They both deserve it.

Some would argue that there has to be something seperating one quarterback from the other, but there really isn’t.  Take a look for yourself.

Reason #1:  Their numbers are both pheonominal.

Rodgers: 68 Comp %, 4,643 yards, 45 touchdowns, 6 interceptions, 122.5 Rating

Brees: 71.2 Comp %, 5,476 yards, 46 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, 110.6 Rating

The first thing to mention here is that Brees did just set the NFL single-season record for passing yards.  That is incredible in its’ own right, but it is a pass-first league these days.  However, a record is a record and I can’t argue against the impressive feat Brees just accomplished.  With that being said, Brees did throw 8 more interceptions than Rodgers.  Turnovers, albeit a handful more, are still crucial to a team’s success. Rodgers rarely turned the ball over, and he has to be given his due for that.  There really isn’t a winner based on numbers alone, so we’ll call it a tie so far.  Go figure.

Reason #2:  Both their teams are superior to everyone else in the NFL (right now).

Ask anyone who knows anything about football who the two best teams in the NFL are, and they should tell you that it’s the Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints.  If they say it’s anyone from the AFC, they are wrong.  If they say it’s 49ers, the kindly disagree with them.  They’re good, just not the best.  If they say it’s the Lions, kindly stomp on their arm.  If Rex Ryan shows up and still claims that the Jets are the best, kindly kick his ass.  Then unkindly kick his ass.

Point is, the Packers and Saints are head-and-shoulders above the rest of the league, and you can’t exactly pinpoint which team is better right now.  We’ll call this one a tie too.  How stunning

Reason #3:  You honestly can’t make a case against either of them.

I sometimes (and by sometimes, I mean always) fall victim to hometown-team bias when it comes to who should should win player or coaching awards.  Because of this bias, I have puffed up Aaron Rodgers’s season in my head to make it seem more brilliant than it was, and even I can’t say with absolute certainty that it was substantially better than Brees’s season.  No matter how hard I try (and believe me; I tried very, very, VERY hard), I can’t pick one guy or the other.  They both very much deserve this award.

What’s so wrong with that anyways?  Both of these quarterbacks had legendary seasons.  Why shouldn’t they be able to share the award?  Is sharing the award necessarily a bad thing for the league?  Does it look bad that two of your most model employees on and off the field are awarded with the highest honors instead of just one?

I can’t even decide on an answer for those questions.  It’s too tough of a decision for anyone to make.   Go ahead, try and break this matchup down even further if you’d like.  You’ll be surprised how even your little experiment will come out.

There’s no telling what the voters will do.  If they’re smart, they should give it to the most accomplished and most deserving player to step on the field this season.

It just so happens that there were two of those men this year.

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  1. Well, if you are going to look at gross numbers and compare them, you need to consider this: below are times that Flynn came into a game and started a drive (these are just the games I remembered and looked up):

    Denver- 3:02 4Q
    Vikings- 10:30 4Q
    Raiders- 1:49 3Q
    Bears- 7:54 4Q

    So with those 4 games, there is over 38 minutes of time Rodgers was pulled from a game as it was over without inflating his stats. And I didn’t even include the Lion game he didn’t dress for.

    Brees played an amazing season. He achieved the accomplishment of setting a NFL record. However, Rodgers had a better season.

    And I’m glad you didn’t make the “Matt Flynn” reason against Rodgers. Even if you say Matt Flynn is better than most starters in the league, he is still not Rodgers. And additionally, how can you fault Rodgers for the Packers organization doing its job of acquiring and developing talent?

    • Thanks for the numbers on Matt Flynn, Michael. I didn’t really consider that whatsoever. My point was that these two are so close (closer than most MVP races, any MVP race for that matter) that you can’t definitively say one is more deserving than the other.

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