Is Tom Brady an Afterthought in NFL MVP Talks?

Yesterday, the NFL.com crew got together and debated who should be selected as the NFL MVP for 2011. The three players in the debate were Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, and New England Patriots QB Tom Brady. All three quarterbacks are leading their respective teams to the playoffs. The Packers are 13-1, the Saints are 11-3, and the Patriots are 11-3. Both the Packers and the Patriots are in position to get the #1 seed in their respective conferences. Here are each player’s individual stats:

Aaron Rodgers: 4,360 yards, 40 touchdowns, 6 interceptions, QB rating of 120.1

Drew Brees: 4,780 yards, 37 TDs, 11 INTs, 109.1 QB rating

Tom Brady: 4,593 yards, 35 TDs, 11 INTs, 106.7 QB rating

Who’s most worthy of the NFL MVP award?

The NFL.com crew unanimously chose Aaron Rodgers as their MVP. It seems like Brees is a close second, and Tom Brady is finishing third. Going by QB rating and touchdowns, Brady finishes third, while he finishes second in yards among the three quarterbacks.Then the question becomes: Who is more valuable to his team? A case can be made for all three quarterbacks, and surely any of the three could win the award and few would argue. However, I’m going to throw my vote (not that it counts) behind Tom Brady (surprised?), and you need only to look at each player’s team to see why.

Of the three quarterbacks, who has less of a supporting class on offense? Of the three quarterbacks, who has the worst defense for support? Of course, the answer to those questions is Tom Brady, or at least the second question. The Patriots’ defense is not only the worst out of the three teams mentioned here, but it’s the worst in the league and on pace to be the worst against the pass in league history. Without Brady leading that offense, the Pats could be the Indianapolis Colts.

What do you think?

Who's your choice for NFL MVP?

  • Tom Brady (88%, 44 Votes)
  • Aaron Rodgers (10%, 5 Votes)
  • Tim Tebow (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Drew Brees (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Other (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 50

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