AP redoing vote is a mistake

Paul KasprzakContributor IMay 10, 2010

The Associate Press has decided to redo the vote for Defensive Rookie of the Year.

The decision is simply the wrong one.

Buffalo Bills free safety Jarius Byrd the only other player to receive votes, which in most other competitions like the Olympics would have made him the winner.

However, this is the National Football League and for whatever reason people in charge of things have to make things harder than it is.

The main problem with conducting a vote so far after the season has been concluded is that fine details are lost by people like the fact that Byrd played most of the season with a sports hernia injury.

Also, instead of going on instincts fresh from a season just concluded voters will start over thinking about due to the fact that Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushings is still a contender and they must now take into consideration the news that he failed a drug test in September.

In the end, the smart thing to do would have been to give it to Byrd with a statement accompanying the announcement that the award will go to people that earned it and not to people that cheat.