Pandion Haliaetus wrote:Unfortunately, 2 and 3 should have happened last year.
Wilson was as good or better than either Griffen or Luck, and did so competing and winning the starting job behind two veteran QBs as well as not having the presence or guidance veteran WRs like Reggie Wayne and Santana Moss whispering in Wilson's ears.
Bobby Wagner should have also been DPOY as MLB of the No. 1 Scoring Defense and No. 4 Yardage Defense as was just as product as Kuelchy per snap.
Kuechly had 921 snaps compared to Wagner's 849.
Unfortunately, I think FO includes playoff snaps counts when you choose the "ALL" selection. If that's the case, Wagner's performance is:
849 snaps: 157 tackles, 2 sacks, 5 passes defensed, 4 Ints, and 0 FF.
921 snaps: 164 tackles, 1 sack, 8 passes defensed, 2 Ints and 0 FF.
So in 72 less snaps the considerable difference between Wagner and Kuelchly is a mere 7 tackles and 3 passes defensed.
It was a close call between Griffin and Wilson but Wilson still finished 3rd behind Luck.
However, Wagner should have won DPOY, just as good of an indivdual player on a statistically better defense.
I get the argument for Wagner but RG3 deserved ROY over Russell. I would of went Rg3, wilson then luck.
I still think its more subjective for only these crucial facts:
Luck went No. 1, Griffin No. 2... Both knew which teams they were going to, so much in fact, both teams already had them studying their respective play-book a month before the draft. Both QBs knew they were going to be the starter.
Wilson on the other hand had to share 1/3 of reps with two other starters. 1) A incumbent starter from the previous, the QB most of the team was entrenched around 2) a moderately priced free agent that the team was warming up to.
Wilson's uphill battle hindered his chemistry until about halfway into the season where Wilson and the Seahawks WRs were finally understanding each other.
So yeah of course Luck and Griff started strong, they were more ready at the start of the system and more in sync with their teams, the Redskins even installed an offense that suited Griffin's ability.
Wilson had to wait until the later half of the season before Bevell started installing stuff suited to Wilson's ability.
But Wilson statistically was one of the best QBs in the NFL in his last 10 games or so. Wilson also played in a tougher division ,defensively, as well as a stronger schedule.
So no I don't believe Griffin was the clear cut winner over Wilson. It should have been in the very least a co-award.
#11 is the Gatling Gun, coming at Ds in multiple, unpredictable ways spreading the field horizontally.
#10 is the Sniper Rifle, if you don't respect his deep field speed opposing DBs will end up in a pink mist.
#24 is the Boomstick, get in his way when you're the lone defender, I dare you.