Saturday, February 1, 2014
Alonso passed over for rookie honors
By Mike Rodak
There will be no celebration for Kiko Alonso in Radio City Music Hall.
New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson was named the Associated Press' NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, edging out Alonso. Richardson will be awarded his trophy at the NFL's annual honors show Saturday night in New York City.
Alonso was awarded the Pro Football Writers of America's version of the award last month, but it's the AP's honors that the NFL recognizes each year.
Richardson finished with 78 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and one forced fumble in 16 games (15 starts). Alonso played in every defensive snap and finished third in the NFL with 159 tackles. He also snagged four interceptions, all of which came in the first four weeks of the season.
This may have been a case where voters felt Richardson played at a more consistent level over the course of the season. Some could argue that Alonso's play-making statistics tailed off after a fast start in September, when he was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month.