Mike Sando’s final MVP Watch is out and you can peruse it here.
Maurice Jones-Drew had a phenomenal season for the Jaguars. But Sando knocked him off his final list as he parted ways with players from losing teams.
I don’t have an issue with that.
I think MJD is incredibly valuable. No non-QB in the league accounted for nearly as large a percentage of his team's yards.
But the Jaguars could have easily lost 11 games without him. And part of that huge reliance on him is a result not of him forcing them to give him the ball, but of them having nary another consistently viable option to throw or hand the ball to.
Without Jones-Drew, the Jaguars probably wouldn’t have won the five games they did. But five games aren’t enough, and he suffers for being on a bad team.
As Sando goes 10-deep on his weekly post during the season, he creates a secondary question: Who’s the most valuable non-quarterback in the league?
In order on his ballot: Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson, Baltimore running back Ray Rice, New England tight end Rob Gronkowski, Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald and New Orleans running back Darren Sproles.
All but Fitzgerald are in the playoffs, and the Cardinals managed an 8-8 finish.
It’s hard for me to make the case for Jones-Drew as having more value than any of those guys.
I’m guessing many of you will feel differently about a guy who impressively ran through stacked boxes all season long.