As soon as I turned on my computer on Monday I saw the blogs proclaiming how the NFL got it wrong this season and Drew Brees should have been the regular season MVP based on his Super Bowl performance.
While I agree the NFL may have made the wrong pick, it shouldn’t have been Brees and the Super Bowl doesn’t change that. The award should have gone to someone that meant more to his team than any other player and did it at a mind blowing age. How about Brett Favre?
Favre threw four less interceptions than Brees and had nearly the same completion percentage. Favre finished the season as the second best rated quarterback, whereas Manning ended up in sixth.
The gunslinger had nearly the same numbers as Brees and did it with a new team and no preseason work.
As the Super Bowl concluded, Brees got the respect he wanted with his Super Bowl MVP nod and the win. Manning and Favre would have happily traded a regular season MVP award for what Brees now has.
In the end it wasn’t so bad for Brees now was it? Yet people are still pointing to performances in the playoffs as reasons why the NFL got the pick wrong. Favre and Manning both threw season ending interceptions for their teams and Brees didn’t. However, Brees wasn’t exactly a superstar in every single playoff game.
Let’s not forget the fact that Brees wouldn’t have been in the Super Bowl had it not been for a plethora of turnovers from the Vikings in the NFC Championship game. Brees was lucky to have the chance to play in the Super Bowl thanks to his scrappy defense.
Who Dat? A quarterback relying on his defense and turnovers to keep him in the game. This isn’t really the profile of a league MVP.
When reading things like “Brees beat both the Colts and the Vikings but didn’t win MVP” I realized these fans don’t understand the award itself.
The NFL MVP award is not a Heisman trophy and it’s not an award for who is the best player on the best team. If it was, then the MVP would come from whichever team won the Super Bowl every single year. That’s why we have a Lombardi trophy which is separate from the MVP award.
I would argue Chris Johnson for MVP well before Brees as well. Johnson was the Titans' entire base of attack on offense and led the league in rushing, while Brees had more talent surrounding him which makes him less worthy of a MVP award.
In the end, the MVP award will always have a bit of grey area but there were better choices than Drew Brees this season, that much is certain.