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What I Want for Christmas – Brees for MVP

The Times-Picayune recently ran an article arguing that Brees should be considered for MVP this year. After reading through many of the posts, it was clear to me that the argument against Brees as MVP comes down to two things: MVP should be given to a player on a winning team with a legitimate shot at making it to the Super Bowl and Brees has thrown too many picks.

First, let me say that a team looking at the Super Bowl probably has several great players and you are seeing the fruit of team dynamics and extra efforts here and there. Those teams are going to have honors to help remember the season, such as a division title. Do they have to have a monopoly on all accolades? Should Rookie of the Year be restricted to players on winning teams?

I disagree because I think that this argument comes down to a segregation mentality: “Only the top six teams (as long as you play in the right group) in the conference are any good. The rest of you are garbage.” Look at how many teams will have winning records this season and not make it into the playoffs. Think about how many losses come down to a field goal in the last second or a key play here or there. There are so many variables in who wins the game. The victory does not always go to the better team.

If you want to really evaluate talent, trends and consistency will show who is really good and who is not. All 32 teams have highly paid professionals who were among the best where they played football before and the quarterback position is one of the most important on a football team. Every team wants to have the best player possible there and Drew Brees has been among the top of the league the entire season.

Brees has thrown for more yards than any other quarterback in the league. He also is among the top in almost every category. If he does not break Dan Marino’s single season passing record, he will likely have the second best passing season of all time. Look at that statement again – the second best passing season of all time. Does that alone not deserve some recognition?

I think the reason that the Saints fans are so self-critical about the team is that we were really disappointed with this season. We have had so few good seasons and it is easier to fall back into the SOS mentality (Same Ol’ Saints) instead of hoping for more. Therefore, we tend to lump our frustrations together instead of separating out what was good, what could have been good, and what needs to be changed. I sure am glad that a lot of the posters are not coaching the team. You build a team by acknowledging the things done right and adding to them, not by “not doing things.”

Picks are a part of playing the game. They are a chance taken. A quarterback who is afraid of throwing an interception is a quarterback who is afraid of throwing the ball. An interception happens for lots of reasons: bad hands, rushing the play, poor play calling, giving away receiver with the quarterback’s eyes, etc. Everyone gets intercepted , more so if you throw the ball a lot.

Right now, I say that Brees is the most valuable player to the team and the best quarterback in the Saints’ history. He also is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. You may argue that someone else is better because of one thing or another. The bottom line for me is that Bees is having a season unlike any other player and there is no team that needs that player more. That is an MVP to me.

Well, that’s what I think. Now it’s your turn to tell me.

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