Tag:New Orleans Saints
Posted on: January 2, 2012 11:22 am
Edited on: January 2, 2012 11:30 am

Rodgers should beat Brees for NFL MVP

Seems there are two quarterbacks most folks consider for NFL MVP this season -- Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers and Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints. Brees broke Dan Marino's records for passing yardage in one season and led the NFL in TD passes and completion percentage. Rodgers set the all-time passer rating mark and led the NFL in TD percentage, yards per attempt and was second in interception percentage and TDs thrown.

Those who like Brees enjoy pointing out his "quantity" stats: number of yards, number of TD passes, etc. Those who like Rodgers point out his efficiency, his QB rating for example, plus the fact the Pack went 14-1 with him as the starting quarterback.

Both players had great years.

But let's look at this: Brees threw 657 passes, Rodgers threw 502.

If you take Rodgers' 2011 rates and apply them to 657 pass attempts, he ends up with 6,044 yards, 59 TDs and 8 interceptions, yardage and TD marks that would have easily obliterated the current NFL records. Brees' numbers were 5,476 yards, 46 TDs and 14 picks. Brees' numbers pale in comparison. Rodgers' QB rating, which I admit can be a somewhat flawed statistic (but all stats can be somewhat flawed when viewed separately), was nearly 12 points higher than Brees' rating (122.5 to 110.6). And while Brees did set an NFL record with completion percentage, his mark of 71.2% wasn't all that much higher than Rodgers' runner-up mark of 68.3%.

It wasn't like Rodgers threw 155 fewer passes than Brees because he wasn't good at throwing the ball. And he didn't miss any games due to ineffectiveness or injury; he was just held out of the last game because the Packers didn't need to win it.

Rodgers is also a way better runner than Brees, with 257 yards and 3 rushing TDs to Brees' 86 yards and 1 TD.

Taking all these factors into account, Aaron Rodgers is your 2011 NFL MVP.
Posted on: September 16, 2010 1:18 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2010 10:41 am

Reggie Bush returns his Heisman

I think giving up the Heisman may have been easy for Reggie Bush to do compared to being stripped of it. I bet he was told he was going to be stripped of it if he didn't give it up on his own. He comes out of this mess smelling just a little less stinky doing it this way. There was no way the Heisman Trophy Trust in good old NYC was going to let him keep that title anyway.

Bush still loses the Heisman, but this way, he's allowed to save just a little face, even though we all knew he was going to lose it wanyway.

You have to wonder if he's taking one for his friends and family, who also benefitted from Bush's tarnished recruitment to the University of Southern California. Maybe he's thinking if he gives up the trophy (quasi-voluntarily), then some of the heat might be taken off his posse.

The bigger issue, however, is how Bush, and the others involved in this, screwed over USC. Bush still went pro, got drafted high by the New Orleans Saints and has a great contract.

Pete Carroll, USC's coach during this mess, went pro and has a huge contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Those poor kids left at USC, who weren't even in school there when Bush won his tainted Heisman Trophy, are on probation, can't go to a bowl game, etc. They're the ones who suffer, and they did nothing wrong. This system stinks.

You think Reggie Bush will be invited to hang on the sidelines at a USC game anytime in the near future?
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