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|12-04-2008, 09:47 AM||#1|
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Defensive MVP: Harrison?
Here is an article by Pat Kirwan that breaks down all the top leaders on defense in the NFL. PK is a co-host with T-Rock on a Sirius NFL Radio show called "Movin' the Chains." If anyone here has Sirius, that show is a must to listen to. Its on everyday at 3 PM.
I think PK does an excellent job with this article and breaking down all of the statistical categories and the definite leader in the NFL is James Harrison. On an interesting note, our Cowgirl trolls need to realize that unDerWARE is only as good as our 2nd best LB, "Layin the Wood" Woodley.
More than just sacks go into the ranking of defensive MVPs
By Pat Kirwan | NFL.com
Most Valuable Player discussions can dominate my radio show on Sirius, with a number of interesting candidates on offense and defense. I thought I would make an attempt to quantify the defensive candidates so an informed conversation can follow this report.
There are a number of good pass rushers this season, a point that was driven home this weekend as the top nine pass rushers collected 16.5 sacks. Jared Allen, Mario Williams and DeMarcus Ware each had three sacks and the race for sack leader is much more intense than last year. Allen led the NFL with 15.5 sacks last year, a number nearly matched this season by Ware (15) with four games remaining. Eight other players could match Allen's mark from 2007.
But are sacks enough of a measure as to whom the defensive MVP should be? I think it is important to look deeper into the overall production for that answer.
Here's a look at the top nine outside pass rushers, taking into account the following factors: sacks, quarterback knockdowns, quarterback hurries, tackles, forced fumbles, fumble recoveries, safeties, passes defended, touchdowns scored, and interceptions. Players are deducted a point for roughing the passer and personal foul penalties. Tackles are not an official statistic because they are subjective, so I awarded one point for every 10 tackles. These 11 categories should give us a pretty good indication of who is the defensive MVP.
Of course, a defensive tackle such as Albert Haynesworth will get worthy consideration and a few late risers like Robert Mathis or Dwight Freeney may be in the discussion by the end of the season. But here are the top nine players when you add up the points. After looking at how the list finished up, I'm comfortable with the standings at this point. With four games left, however, that can still change.
An indicator of defensive MVP Name Sack KD Hurry Tackle FF Rec. Safety PD TD Int. Pen. Total James Harrison 14 18.5 8 8* 6* 0 1 4* 0 1* -2 58.5 Joey Porter 14.5 24.5* 5.5 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 -2 50.5 LaMarr Woodley 11.5 17 7.5 5 2 4* 0 3 1* 1* -2 50 DeMarcus Ware 15 21.5 4.5 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 0* 50 John Abraham 12.5 18.5 10 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0* 47 Jared Allen 11 18 11* 4 2 0 2* 0 0 0 -3 45 Julius Peppers 11 17 10.5 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 -3 44.5 Justin Tuck 11.5 13.5 8 5 3 0 0 2 1* 1* -3 42 M. Willilams 11 16.5 7 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 -1 41.5
You may like someone on this list over Harrison, and that's okay, but these are the numbers that make for a good argument either way you go with the defensive MVP.
"You win by attrition. You impose your will on your opponent." ~ Mike Tomlin
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