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Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Sanchez can't get any MVP Watch love


Mark Sanchez -- or any other New York Jet -- cannot crack Mike Sando's MVP Watch.

Sando and I had an e-conversation about his weekly top 10 poll, which projects the most deserving MVP candidates. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady remained atop the latest rankings. Can't argue with that.

Last week, I agreed no Jets deserved to be on the list yet. This week, I believe it's warranted.

As Sando explained in his story, he couldn't bring himself to put the NFL's 22nd-rated quarterback on the chart.

I understand Sando's logic there, but the Jets are tied for the league's best record at 8-2 and are the only undefeated road team.The Jets aren't grinding out these victories. They're throwing.

Asked to pick the Jets' MVP, I would have to select Sanchez. Stats be damned, he's conjuring up all sorts of magic.

Another quibble I lodged with my brother in blogging: How can two players from the same team (same offense) make the list ahead of a Jet? He ranked Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan sixth and Falcons receiver Roddy White ninth.

It would seem difficult to make a case for White when he apparently isn't considered the most valuable player in his own huddle and is so dependent on Ryan for those gaudy stats. But you can't ignore the fact White already has over 1,000 yards.

And that's why these polls are fun. There's always something to debate.