NFL MVP Candidates: Manning, Brees, Favre and...

Ryan LiddellContributor INovember 24, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 08:  Brett Kern #6 of the Tennessee Titans punts the ball during their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on November 8, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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...Brett Kern.

The leading candidates for NFL MVP are Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Brett Favre. Each has gaudy stats. Manning and Brees have lead their respective teams to 10-0. Favre has led the Vikings to a 9-1 mark.


It's easy to be MVP when you get to touch the ball on almost every offensive play.

How about an MVP who is better the fewer times he touches the ball? Now that's impressive.

Brett Kern—yes, the punter—is undefeated, too. On two different teams. Neither Manning or Brees can claim that. Usually we can only speculate how good or bad a team would be without their MVP. With Kern we have proof positive.

Kern was the Broncos punter for Denver's first six games. They went 6-0. After cutting Kern, the Broncos have gone 0-4. That's what happens when you punt Mr. Lucky out of town.

Tennessee claimed Kern off waivers. At the time, they were 0-6. With Kern, the Titans are 4-0. He may have trouble controlling the direction of his kicks, but he obviously has no trouble guiding his team to victory.

Can Tennessee end up 10-6 and win the Super Bowl? The real question is: with Brett Kern punting, how can they not?

What is it about Kern that makes his team(s) impossible to beat this season? Is it his mediocre punting? The largely unseen—and therefore awesome—job he does as a place-kick holder?

There is no reasonable explanation. His Wikipedia page is incredibly sparse. The only facts I really know about him is that he went undrafted out of the University of Toledo.

With Kern, we have to suspend our need to understand, and just believe.

If Tennessee runs the table and wins the Super Bowl, how can you not give Kern the MVP?