NFL Honors 2012: 4 Players Dissed Most by Awards Ceremony
Whenever there's an award that involves voting, there's always going to be someone who gets dissed.
For the first-ever NFL Honors ceremony, the AP pretty much did a great job and awarded everyone accordingly based on who deserved it the most.
However, in my opinion, there were four players who were dissed at the NFL Honors 2012 ceremony.
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Jim Harbaugh certainly deserved the Coach of the Year award, but I believe Jim Schwartz deserved it more.
Schwartz took a 6-10 Detroit Lions team and turned it into one of the NFL's most explosive offenses with one of the league's top pass rushes.
Schwartz flipped that 6-10 record around and went 10-6 while earning a playoff spot for the first time since the 1999 season.
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Rodgers may have finished with a higher quarterback rating than Brees, but let's take a look at Green Bay's Week 17 game against the Detroit Lions.
Rodgers sat on the bench while Matt Flynn stepped in and had a game better than any of Rodgers' games in 2011. Flynn threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns and essentially proved that Rodgers isn't all that valuable to Green Bay's success.
Oh, and did I forget to mention that Brees set the NFL record for most passing yards in a season at 5,476? Yep, that's pretty damn impressive—not to mention that Brees had better stats than Rodgers aside from quarterback rating and interceptions.
Brees deserved the MVP far more than Rodgers did.
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Jared Allen needed to win Defensive Player of the Year—there are no ifs, ands or buts.
Allen had a far better season than Terrell Suggs, as Allen came just a half-sack short of tying the single-season sack record.
To go along with Allen's 22.0 sacks, he recorded 66 tackles as well as forcing four fumbles, picking off a pass and recording a safety.
There is no excuse. Allen was the greatest defender in 2011.
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Aldon Smith had a far better season than Von Miller.
Smith recorded 14 sacks while compiling 37 tackles and forcing two fumbles, tallying up one safety.
Miller, on the other hand, had 11.5 sacks while recording 64 tackles and forcing two fumbles.
I realize that Miller recorded more tackles than Smith, but I firmly believe that Smith was such a dominant pass-rusher that he deserved to be named Defensive Rookie of the Year for 2011.