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Debate between Rodgers and Watt defined MVP vote in 2014

Aaron Rodgers earned his second NFL MVP award in 2014 despite a swell of support for J.J. Watt, who received the most votes for a defensive player since Lawrence Taylor won the award in 1986.

With the 2015 NFL season already right around the corner, here’s a look at how the AP voters determined last season’s MVP.

Aaron Rodgers (31 votes)

Tom Pelissero — “Any argument for Watt leans on his ability to keep the Texans in the hunt amidst their quarterback issues. But that’s the problem with voting for him over Rodgers or, in my opinion, several other quarterbacks this season. That position controls everything, and not even the best defensive player of a generation can supersede it. Watt seems to make two or three high-impact plays every game—which is incredible—but the QB has a chance to impact the game every play he’s on the field, both before and after the snap.”

Paul Domowitch — “One of the easier MVP decisions in recent years. His passing numbers and the impact he had on the success of his football team trumped my other considerations — DeMarco Murray and Tom Brady.”

Jenny Vrentas — “I felt like he was the player who made the greatest contribution toward getting his team wins.”

Peter King (0.5 vote) — “Quarterbacks inherently have more value than any position on the field, Rodgers clearly lifted Green Bay all season and particularly through some agony Sunday to win the division and clinch a playoff bye; this season rivals his previous MVP year in 2011 (14-1, 45 touchdowns, six interceptions). He didn’t throw an interception at home all season.”

Jim Corbett

Jarrett Bell

Mark Craig

J.J. Watt (13 votes)

John McClain — “If Rodgers had a record-breaking season like Manning in 2013, I would have voted for him. He was exceptional, of course, but he didn’t have a season for the ages, perhaps the greatest in history at his position. Watt did.”

Steve Cohen — “As I look at every starter in the NFL I see one player who stands alone as the dominant player at his position and that’s why J.J Watt gets my vote for MVP. He also had 32 points—for a defensive player! From his team-inspiring pre-game speeches to his lead by example play on the field for a rebuilding team and a first-year head coach, J.J Watt should be the first defensive player since Lawrence Taylor (1986) to win the league’s MVP.”

Ira Kaufman —  “I thought he had a season for the ages and there’s no way the Texans were a 9-win team, based on the talent around Watt. Rodgers was outstanding, but Watt was a force from Week 1 and never let up, despite a minimal contribution from No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney.”

Peter King (0.5 vote) —  “[Watt’s] 20.5 sacks come through more traffic than his pass-rushing peers, because 3-4 ends don’t have the same pass-rushing freedom that 3-4 outside ’backers do. I am bastardizing the word “value,” I understand. But I simply have to recognize one of the great and most unique years an NFL player has ever had, the way it should be.”

Ron Borges

DeMarco Murray (2 votes)

Rick Gosselin — “The commitment to the run and Murray’s legs were the difference between a Cowboys team that was 8-8 in 2013 and one that shared the NFL’s best record one year later.”

Clark Judge — “He single-handedly changed the personality of this team and lifted the pressure from Tony Romo. Result: Dallas wins a division. Who says running backs don’t matter?”

Tony Romo (2 votes)

Charean Williams — “Best season of any QB, the most important position in football. But it’s hard for me to argue against Watt. He was phenomenal. I would bet on Watt to become the third defensive player ever to win the MVP. He is that good.”

Bobby Wagner (1 vote)

Tom Brady (1 vote)

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Peyton Manning captures fifth MVP after record-breaking season, was one vote short of unanimous selection

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Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning started the 2013 season with a bang, throwing a record-tying seven touchdown passes in the NFL’s first game of the year. And he never slowed down. Manning received his fifth MVP award from the Associated Press after a season in which he threw for a league-record 5,477 passing yards and 55 passing touchdowns while leading Denver to the no. 1 seed in the AFC.

Manning received 49 of the 50 votes, with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady earning one vote. The Denver Post reported that Sirius XM’s Jim Miller — who, as far as my records go, is in his first year of voting — selected Brady. Brady remains the only player to be unanimously named the MVP, in 2010. Brady received 49 votes in 2007 (one vote for Brett Favre) and Manning received 49 votes in 2007 (one vote for Michael Vick).

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SportsNation casts vote for Peterson

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ESPN asked. America answered.

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson received a majority of the fans’ NFL MVP vote (51 percent), beating Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (33 percent) and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (10 percent) by a wide margin.

It’s always revealing to see fan biases by state. Peterson won most states across the country while Brady predictably swept New England. Manning understandably won Colorado, Wyoming and Utah but also Indiana (where he led the Colts) and Tennessee (where he led the Volunteers).

“Someone else” received 6 percent of the vote, with certain states polling higher.

  • Wisconsin, 17 percent: Presumably for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers
  • Georgia, 16 percent: Presumably for Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan
  • Washington, 11 percent: Presumably for Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch
  • Texas, 10 percent: Presumably for Texans defensive end J.J. Watt

And in unrelated news, MVP voter Peter King has narrowed his ballot.

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Clamor begins for Rodgers repeat

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the overwhelming favorite to win the MVP.

Dozens of analysts from ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo! and NFL.com made their annual preseason predictions, including for MVP.  Defending MVP Aaron Rodgers received 20 votes. Everybody else received 24 votes combined.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (20)
Michael Silver, Yahoo!
Andrew Brandt, ESPN
Jeffri Chadiha, ESPN
Dan Graziano, ESPN
KC Joyner, ESPN
Mike Sando, ESPN
Adam Schefter, ESPN
Kevin Seifert, ESPN
Bill Williamson, ESPN
Matt Williamson, ESPN
Don Banks, Sports Illustrated
Jim Trotter, Sports Illustrated
Tom Mantzouranis, Sports Illustrated
Adam Schein, NFL.com
Steve Wyche, NFL.com
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com
Michael Lombardi, NFL.com
Adam Rank, NFL.com
Jeff Darlington, NFL.com
Dave Dameshek, NFL.com

Saints QB Drew Brees (8)
Jason Cole, Yahoo!
Pat Yasinskas, ESPN
Kerry J. Byrne, Sports Illustrated
Andrew Perloff, Sports Illustrated
Jeff Diamond, Sports Illustrated
Bucky Brooks, NFL.com
Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, NFL.com
Marc Sessler, NFL.com

Patriots QB Tom Brady (6)
John Clayton, ESPN
Ashley Fox, ESPN
Jamison Hensley, ESPN
Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated
Gil Brandt, NFL.com
Chad Reuter, NFL.com

Texans RB Arian Foster (3)
James Walker, ESPN
Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com
Eddie George, Yahoo!

Giants QB Eli Manning (2)
Paul Kuharsky, ESPN
Dennis Dillon, Sports Illustrated

Falcons QB Matt Ryan (1)
Bill Barnwell, ESPN

Broncos QB Peyton Manning (1)
Peter King, Sports Illustrated

Eagles QB Michael Vick (1)
Ian Rapoport, NFL.com

Bears QB Jay Cutler (1)
Elliot Harrison, NFL.com

Cowboys QB Tony Romo (1)
Dan Hanzus, NFL.com

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Pro Football Weekly picks favorites

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees has never won the NFL MVP. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady captured the 2010 and 2007 awards, and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers won in 2011.

Pro Football Weekly didn’t veer off the beaten path when discussing NFL MVP candidates for the 2012 season in a short video. The three quarterbacks that throw for lots of yards and touchdowns got all the publicity. Here’s a peek at what was said about each candidate:

Aaron Rodgers: (4 votes) “It’s his award to lose.”

Drew Brees: (2 votes) “He’s the guy to calm the tide.”

Tom Brady: (1 vote) “He has better weapons at his disposal.”

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Packers’ loss may cost Rodgers votes

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers lost some MVP momentum in a 19-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, his second consecutive game with a passer ratings below 100. (Associated Press)

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.

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ESPN analyst wants Brady to repeat

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady unanimously won last year's NFL MVP.

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.

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