Have at It: Pondering 2010 POY candidates

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Vikings running back Adrian Peterson are expected to be prominent figures in our player of the year discussion. US Presswire

Ben of Iowa City found some offense in Tuesday's off-hand assertion that Minnesota tailback Adrian Peterson is "the NFC North's top player."

I'm not sure you can say as fact Peterson is the best player in the division. Aaron Rodgers has started his career off at a historic rate, and IS a top 3 quarterback right now. He became one of only five quarterbacks in history to throw for over 30 touchdowns and under 10 picks, and while throwing for 4,434 yards he lead NFL quarterbacks in rushing yards and touchdowns. He did all of this, without any hope of an offensive line for the majority of the season. He has a perfect release, a cannon for an arm, and is very athletic. I don't know, it is hard to say that AP is just better without debate.

My original suggestion was irrelevant to the original post, but I'm willing to take up Ben on his offer and throw it out to the cyberfloor. Since we're smack-dab in the middle of the offseason, here's the way I would pose the question: Who will be the NFC North's best player in 2010?

I would imagine that Peterson and Rodgers will dominate the discussion, but you don't have to limit it to them. Remember, our unofficial Black and Blue Player of the Year last season was Green Bay cornerback Charles Woodson. I'm referring to this as the "Player of the Year" rather than "Most Valuable Player" to remove the element of guesswork on how a player will impact his team. This is about straight individual performance.

Two charts accompany this post. One puts Rodgers' 2009 season into the best perspective I could find. The other gives you an idea of the small list of players in NFL history who have matched Peterson's three-year production.

As always, give me your thoughts below. I'll publish a representative sample, as well as my own take, later this week. By then, we will have named our preseason Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year. Have at It.