ESPN’s James Walker, who covers the AFC East, makes the case why Patriots quarterback Tom Brady deserves the NFL MVP. He doesn’t rely on statistics (although pointing out Brady is also on pace to break the single-season passing yardage record) while arguing that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the prohibitive favorite, has more dangerous weapons at his disposal.
Walker unsurprisingly received criticism, and he responded to readers in a mailbag.
But sometimes numbers and hype get in the way of what the Most Valuable Player award, by definition, actually means.
The award is meant for the player who is the most important to their team. Let that sink in, because this is a key element to this debate.
… Just like McCarthy probably will not win the coach of the year, Rodgers should not be the MVP this season. The cupboards are very full in Green Bay, and neither faced much hardship in their quest for an undefeated season and another Super Bowl title.
Brady is doing more with far less talent around him and is much more valuable to New England’s success.
So forget that other guy wearing No. 12. Brady is this year’s MVP.