In the Pro Football Writers of America/Pro Football Weekly ballot for year-end awards, there are instructions. If your MVP plays offense, he should be your offensive player of the year. If he plays defense, he should be your defensive player of the year.
The official awards, which come out of a vote from an Associated Press panel of 50 writers, come with no such instructions.
And so voters for the award that will be revealed tonight faced a choice: Is Tom Brady, who’s clearly going to win MVP after he was unanimously named the All-Pro quarterback, also your offensive player of the year? Or do you look elsewhere?
Arian Foster’s numbers weren’t what Johnson’s were, but the back, who was undrafted in 2009, led the league in rushing and scoring in his second season.
I think voters are less concerned that the offensive and defensive players of the year come from winning teams, and Foster has a strong case.
Who’s his primary competition?
We’ll find out tonight who gets the most.