Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODA
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith had held this spot previously but it’s time to throw out another worthy candidate.
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee missed 10 games last season and watched the Dallas defense fade into the sunset.
After four games in 2013, the former Penn State product is making up for lost time. Lee leads the team with 34 tackles and on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, he was in the right place at the right time and wound up taking back an interception 52 yards for a score.
But Lee also had a tough time keeping up with the Chargers’ Antonio Gates on occasion, most notably on a 56-yard touchdown reception by the star tight end as San Diego rallied for a 30-21 win.
Smith is still certainly in the discussion as his team won again and raised its record to 4-0. But Lee bears a closer watch, especially if the Dallas defense starts playing consistent football.
By the way, the name Philip Rivers has come up when it comes to this category. It will be interesting to see if voters would consider the former Pro Bowl quarterback a candidate simply because he’s coming off a pair of erratic seasons.
In The Discussion
2. QB Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
3. RB LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles