The Associated Press NFL award voting committee needs to get its act together. In fact, somebody should probably walk into the next meeting and inform them that Tom Brady is not going to actually take any of them out to dinner when he wins awards.
Before I go further, please let me be clear: Tom Brady was absolutely 100 percent deserving of the 2010 MVP award. Hands down, he was the most valuable player in the league.
Having said that, Tom Brady was not the Offensive Player of the Year.
Unlike the MVP award, the Offensive Player of the Year is, or at least should be, stat-based.
Tom Brady had a superb year as always, but apart from his turnover ratio and passer rating, his season was not so eye-popping that he deserved to win the award by such a landslide.
For the AP to elect him by the margin it did when the other contenders were all very deserving says a lot. Keep in mind that Tom got 21 of the 50 votes, but the second-place guy only received 11.
Let's look at the players who had votes yanked out from under them because the AP likes Brady just a little too much.
Brady's 2010 stats: 3,900 yards, 36 TD/4 INT, 111.1 rating, 65.9% completion