Will Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers unanimously win the NFL MVP? What was a mildly intriguing question before Sunday became a full-fledged debate after a wacky week in which Rodgers struggled while Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady shined. Green Bay Press-Gazette reporter Pete Dougherty examined the issue before Week 15’s games, getting MVP voters to share their thoughts:
Gary Meyers, New York Daily News: “Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Eli Manning are all having MVP-type seasons, and in another year it might have given me something to think about. But not this year. Not the way Rodgers has played.”
Alex Marvez, Foxsports.com: “Rodgers is setting a new standard for quarterbacking. How could anyone else get a vote?”
Howard Balzer, The Sports Xchange: “The only way I would think of voting for someone other than Rodgers is if the Packers crash down the stretch (unlikely), and the Saints and Brees go nut. Even then it would be a close call.”
Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY: “To be fair to the process I’m considering Brees but am indeed pretty solid on Rodgers.”
John Czarnecki, FoxSports.com: “Fans everywhere are fascinated with Tim Tebow, but I don’t see many picking him for MVP despite his unbelievable winning streak.”
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com continues his contrarian streak by suggesting Rodgers might not even win his first MVP after losing to the Chiefs. My guess is his first 13 consecutive sublime performances will resonate with voters, although the recency effect does give Brees a chance if the Saints finish 13-3 and he breaks Dan Marino’s single-season passing yardage record.