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Most Valuable Player Award Isn’t Valuable Anymore

I don’t even know where to begin with my frustration with the NFL this past week.

First off, I strongly dislike the New England Patriots — who are proven cheaters thanks to “Spygate” — and their win over the Seattle Seahawks, who showed awful sportsmanship in the final minute of the Super Bowl.

But what frustrates me the most is the travesty of an NFL Most Valuable Player selection.

Not to take away from the great season 2014 MVP Aaron Rodgers had: He threw for 4,381 yards and 38 touchdowns to a very minimum five interceptions. No other quarterback came close to his touchdown-to-interception ratio.

But he was beat in every other significant category.

In fact, when comparing Rodgers to the rest of the league, he had a pedestrian year. Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan and Eli Manning — yes, Elijah Manning — had more passing yards than Rodgers. Luck and Peyton Manning both had more TD passes than Rodgers.

Among quarterbacks who passed at least 300 times, Rodgers’ passer rating is second to Romo’s.

And if you want to go back to his earlier mentioned ratio, let’s bring up another fraction — completion percentage.

If Rodgers was so efficient to warrant an MVP trophy, then how in the world does he have a worse completion percentage than Romo, Brees, Roethlisberger, Ryan, Phillip Rivers, Peyton Manning, Ryan Tannehill and Jay Cutler.

No MVP of the NFL should have a significant stat lower than Cutler and Tannehill. Tannehill finished a year that was wildly inconsistent and Cutler got paid big bucks to sit on the bench during the last stretch of the season because he simply couldn’t perform well enough.

The value of the MVP trophy has come down to who was the best quarterback of the year, with the occasional running back or wide receiver.

If that weren’t true, than J.J. Watt should have gotten the award without a doubt in my mind.

Watt led the league in fumble recoveries, defensive touchdowns, quarterback hurries, was first among defensive lineman for tackles and solo tackles, was second in the NFL for safeties, tied for first for fumble recoveries for touchdowns and for deflected passes among defensive lineman and tied for third for forced fumbles.

If that wasn’t standout enough, Watt’s 20.5 sacks was 1.5 away from Justin Houston for the league lead. He became the first player in NFL history to record multiple 20-sack seasons.

Let’s not forget his league-high 33 quarterback hits — Von Miller was second with 11.

And the following was my tipping point for the most valuable player — Watt was the first defensive lineman to score five touchdowns since 1944.

He scored a touchdown off a fumble recovery, an interception and scored three on the offensive side of the ball.

Rodgers had a pretty good year while Watt had an unforgettable year.

Let’s ponder the MVP award for a second: This trophy doesn’t necessarily go to the best player but the most valuable player.

In my book, you have to look at what a player’s team would be like without that given player.

Rodgers has so many weapons in his offense that a big number of other NFL quarterbacks could step into his shoes and have a fair amount of success.

The Houston Texas’ defense, meanwhile, would be vanquished without Watt. He led the league in quarterback disruptions with 82.5, and the Texans would be vastly different without those big plays.

I have no idea how Rodgers garners 31 of the voting committee’s 50 votes, while Watt only receives 13.

And don’t get me started on why someone wasted their vote on Bobby Wagner.

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