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As Week 13 concludes in the NFL, it is clear that Tom Brady, Demarco Murray, JJ Watt and Aaron Rodgers have proven to be the League’s top four candidates for the award.  All four players are very talented, but there can only be one Most Valuable Player.  Using a draft report format, here are my predictions for who will be the MVP of the 2014 NFL season.

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JJ.WATT-HOUSTON TEXANS

 

COLLEGE: WISCONSIN

DRAFT CLASS: 2011/PICK 11/ROUND 1

POSITION: DEFENSIVE END

 

STRENGTHS

 

-Large in size, can tackle hard

-able to put pressure on the quarterback and catch redzone touchdowns

-dedicated player

-sportsmanlike

 

WEAKNESSES

 

-Lacks mobility

-cannot play zone very well

– easy to get open from

 

J.J Watt is having a good season. Even though he is tied at fifth for most sacks this season with Von Miller, Watt is down in the in the tackle leading race. Watt is a big part of the Houston defense, but even with him on the line, Houston is not a top ten defense.  Since Watt lacks in mobility, the run defense can puncture Houston easily. After the win against the Titans, the Texans proved that they do not to rely on their defense to win games. The Texans still required a strong offensive performance, despite the fact that they were facing a 2-9 Tennessee team. Watt may be able to catch red zone touchdowns – something that doesn’t take too much skill when you are six foot five and usually open in the corner.  Watt could be replaced by Jadeveon Clowney easily. Clowney is taller and faster. Clowney’s flaws are being too much of a system type player. and not as matured as some other players. Skill wise, Clowney is better than Watt, but just by a bit.  So is Watt MVP material? I don’t think so.

DEMARCO MURRAY-DALLAS COWBOYS

 

COLLEGE: OAKLAHOMA

DRAFT CLASS: 2011/ROUND 3/ PICK 71

POSITION: RUNNINGBACK/HALFBACK

 

STRENGTHS

 

Fast, agile and strong

-Can find ways to deliver the ball to the endzone

-Good hands; can receive passes and make plays after the catch

 

WEAKNESS

 

-lacks vision

-Not as productive against AFC or own division teams

 

Demarco Murray might be a great running back, but he is not the star of the team. The passing game is what the Cowboys rely on to win. Romo had been sacked 24 times this season, but he’s already thrown 22 touchdowns to 8 interceptions for 2718 yards and a 68% completion rate. A MVP player is someone who carries his team on their back. Without a their MVP, the team would crumble. If Murray is injured, their passing game is strong enough to fall back on and can definitely survive without Murray.  Therefore, Murray is not MVP material.

AARON RODGERS-GREEN BAY PACKERS

 

COLLEGE: CALIFORNIA

DRAFT CLASS: 2005/ROUND 1/PICK 24

POSITION: QUARTERBACK

 

STRENGTHS

 

-great mobility

– very accurate; lowest touchdown to interception ratio in NFL history

-good arm strength

WEAKNESSES

 

-system type quarterback

-cannot win on the road against teams with a winning record

-not as effective in the red zone, but not terrible

I’m not saying Aaron Rodgers is bad, but he is not 100% responsible for the Packer’s achievements so far. Rodgers has thrown under 200 yards in games against winning teams outside of Green Bay. And in the game against the Pats last Sunday, Rodgers had all the time he need to throw, but only managed two touchdowns . He was not able to hit the redzone in the game against the Patriots, and only won by five points, which was the courtesy of his superior defense – who sacked Brady and forced a Gostowski missed field goal. Green Bay ranks eleventh on pass defense and fifth in run defense. Not to mention that Green Bay’s offense is stacked with weapons including Pro Bowl RB Eddie Lacy, and a receiving team consisting of three second round picks.(Davante Adams, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb) Rodgers might look good on paper, but being able to perform in a game situation is the most important aspect of all. I’m not convinced that Rodgers is MVP material until he wins one on the road against a good team using Quarless and Bostick more. Until then, I do not plead Rodgers a MVP.

TOM BRADY- NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

 

COLLEGE:MICHIGAN

DRAFT CLASS: 2000/ROUND 6/ PICK 199

POSITION: QUARTERBACK

 

STRENGTHS

 

-Find ways to win

-can play with anyone

-good arm strength

-accurate

-able to improvise

 

WEAKNESSES

-Slow(ran a 5.28 second in a 40 yard dash)

-lacks mobility

-Unable to avoid the rush if he is pressured(and he is pressured a lot)

In the beginning of the year, Tom Brady was trash. He was sacked, he couldn’t throw more than one touchdown, and people thought age had caught up to him. However, recent events would beg to differ. He is on pace for another 30+ touchdown season, maybe even 40.  Tom can win anywhere, not just in Foxboro, but in Indiana, one of the toughest places to play.  Without Tom Brady, I do not think that the Pats would be where they are now. The defense was terrible against Green Bay, allowing over 400 yards, and could not put pressure on enemy quarterbacks, making them one of the worst pass defenses in the league.  The thing that really makes Brady great is that he can turn a undrafted or late round player a superstar. Tim Wright was an undrafted rookie from Tampa Bay, and now he is one the most dangerous tight ends in the game. Brandon LaFell was a mediocre wide receiver from Carolina who La-Fell out of their roster and became a Patriot. He has a career high touchdown record with seven majors and a career high yardage record with 712. Lastly, there is Julian Edelman. Edelman, a seventh round pick who played Quarterback in college, was supposed to be a practice squad member, but instead became Tom’s go to guy. With an average defense, an O-Line that commits penalties and allows the quarterback to be pressured, as well as a medicore receiving corp, Tom Brady can still make it work. If he wasn’t sacked on a crucial 3rd and 9 play against Green Bay, I believe that he would have made the comeback. Therefore, he is the ultimate MVP candidate.

There you have it, all in black and white and blue and red and navy blue and green. Tom Brady should be the MVP of the National Football League.  Watt was ruled out when we took a deeper look at his stats, as they were full of flaws. Murray and Rodgers are good candidates, but they have a complete solid team that doesn’t require the both of them to play extremely well. The thing that dragged Rodgers down was losing on the road, or he would’ve become the MVP in my opinion for sure. Then there was Brady, who has an average receiving corp, a flawed defense, and an O-Line that can’t decrease pressure. However, he can still make it work in New England.  So just remember, stats aren’t everything. There are some things that numbers just can’t measure. Thanks for reading WPGSN, and have an OK day.

As Week 13 concludes in the NFL, it is clear that Tom Brady, Demarco Murray, JJ Watt and Aaron Rodgers have proven to be the League’s top four candidates for the award.  All four players are very talented, but there can only be one Most Valuable Player.  Using a draft report format, here are my predictions for who will be the MVP of the 2014 NFL season.

JJ.WATT-HOUSTON TEXANS

 

COLLEGE: WISCONSIN

DRAFT CLASS: 2011/PICK 11/ROUND 1

POSITION: DEFENSIVE END

 

STRENGTHS

-Large in size, can tackle hard

-able to put pressure on the quarterback and catch redzone touchdowns

-dedicated player

-sportsmanlike

 

WEAKNESSES

-Lacks mobility

-cannot play zone very well

– easy to get open from

 

J.J Watt is having a good season. Even though he is tied at fifth for most sacks this season with Von Miller, Watt is down in the in the tackle leading race. Watt is a big part of the Houston defense, but even with him on the line, Houston is not a top ten defense.  Since Watt lacks in mobility, the run defense can puncture Houston easily. After the win against the Titans, the Texans proved that they do not to rely on their defense to win games. The Texans still required a strong offensive performance, despite the fact that they were facing a 2-9 Tennessee team. Watt may be able to catch red zone touchdowns – something that doesn’t take too much skill when you are six foot five and usually open in the corner.  Watt could be replaced by Jadeveon Clowney easily. Clowney is taller and faster. Clowney’s flaws are being too much of a system type player. and not as matured as some other players. Skill wise, Clowney is better than Watt, but just by a bit.  So is Watt MVP material? I don’t think so.

DEMARCO MURRAY-DALLAS COWBOYS

 

COLLEGE: OAKLAHOMA

DRAFT CLASS: 2011/ROUND 3/ PICK 71

POSITION: RUNNINGBACK/HALFBACK

 

STRENGTHS

Fast, agile and strong

-Can find ways to deliver the ball to the endzone

-Good hands; can receive passes and make plays after the catch

 

WEAKNESSES

-lacks vision

-Not as productive against AFC or own division teams

Demarco Murray might be a great running back, but he is not the star of the team. The passing game is what the Cowboys rely on to win. Romo had been sacked 24 times this season, but he’s already thrown 22 touchdowns to 8 interceptions for 2718 yards and a 68% completion rate. A MVP player is someone who carries his team on their back. Without a their MVP, the team would crumble. If Murray is injured, their passing game is strong enough to fall back on and can definitely survive without Murray.  Therefore, Murray is not MVP material.

AARON RODGERS-GREEN BAY PACKERS

COLLEGE: CALIFORNIA

DRAFT CLASS: 2005/ROUND 1/PICK 24

POSITION: QUARTERBACK

 

STRENGTHS

-great mobility

– very accurate; lowest touchdown to interception ratio in NFL history

-good arm strength

 

WEAKNESSES

-system type quarterback

-cannot win on the road against teams with a winning record

-not as effective in the red zone, but not terrible

I’m not saying Aaron Rodgers is bad, but he is not 100% responsible for the Packer’s achievements so far. Rodgers has thrown under 200 yards in games against winning teams outside of Green Bay. And in the game against the Pats last Sunday, Rodgers had all the time he need to throw, but only managed two touchdowns . He was not able to hit the redzone in the game against the Patriots, and only won by five points, which was the courtesy of his superior defense – who sacked Brady and forced a Gostowski missed field goal. Green Bay ranks eleventh on pass defense and fifth in run defense. Not to mention that Green Bay’s offense is stacked with weapons including Pro Bowl RB Eddie Lacy, and a receiving team consisting of three second round picks.(Davante Adams, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb) Rodgers might look good on paper, but being able to perform in a game situation is the most important aspect of all. I’m not convinced that Rodgers is MVP material until he wins one on the road against a good team using Quarless and Bostick more. Until then, I do not plead Rodgers a MVP.

TOM BRADY- NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

 

COLLEGE:MICHIGAN

DRAFT CLASS: 2000/ROUND 6/ PICK 199

POSITION: QUARTERBACK

 

STRENGTHS

 

-Find ways to win

-can play with anyone

-good arm strength

-accurate

-able to improvise

 

WEAKNESSES

-Slow(ran a 5.28 second in a 40 yard dash)

-lacks mobility

-Unable to avoid the rush if he is pressured(and he is pressured a lot)

At the beginning of the year, Tom Brady was trash. He was sacked, he couldn’t throw more than one touchdown, and people thought age had caught up to him. However, recent events would beg to differ. He is on pace for another 30+ touchdown season, maybe even 40.  Tom can win anywhere, not just in Foxboro, but in Indiana, one of the toughest places to play.  Without Tom Brady, I do not think that the Pats would be where they are now. The defense was terrible against Green Bay, allowing over 400 yards, and could not put pressure on enemy quarterbacks, making them one of the worst pass defenses in the league.  The thing that really makes Brady great is that he can turn a undrafted or late round player a superstar. Tim Wright was an undrafted rookie from Tampa Bay, and now he is one the most dangerous tight ends in the game. Brandon LaFell was a mediocre wide receiver from Carolina who La-Fell out of their roster and became a Patriot. He has a career high touchdown record with seven majors and a career high yardage record with 712. Lastly, there is Julian Edelman. Edelman, a seventh round pick who played Quarterback in college, was supposed to be a practice squad member, but instead became Tom’s go to guy. With an average defense, an O-Line that commits penalties and allows the quarterback to be pressured, as well as a medicore receiving corp, Tom Brady can still make it work. If he wasn’t sacked on a crucial 3rd and 9 play against Green Bay, I believe that he would have made the comeback. Therefore, he is the ultimate MVP candidate.

There you have it, all in black and white and blue and red and navy blue and green. Tom Brady should be the MVP of the National Football League.  Watt was ruled out when we took a deeper look at his stats, as they were full of flaws. Murray and Rodgers are good candidates, but they have a complete solid team that doesn’t require the both of them to play extremely well. The thing that dragged Rodgers down was losing on the road, or he would’ve become the MVP in my opinion for sure. Then there was Brady, who has an average receiving corp, a flawed defense, and an O-Line that can’t decrease pressure. However, he can still make it work in New England.  So just remember, stats aren’t everything. There are some things that numbers just can’t measure. Thanks for reading WPGSN, and have an OK day.