Sharper third in DPOY vote

The Associated Press has announced its Defensive Player of the Year and the winner is Green Bay cornerback Charles Woodson.

He won easily, finishing with 28 votes. Cornerback Darrelle Revis of the Jets finished second with 14 votes. New Orleans safety Darren Sharper finished tied for third (with Denver’s Elvis Dumervil) with three votes.

Early in the season, Sharper seemed to be a top candidate for this award. But the New Orleans defense tailed off during the second half of the season. That wasn’t Sharper’s fault. There were injuries at cornerback, linebacker and on the defensive line that impacted the entire defense.

The injuries at cornerback forced the Saints to use Sharper more in a Cover 2 scheme and he wasn’t as free to roam and come up with interceptions as he was early in the year.