"Call me slow," LOW wrote, "but I assumed in your eyes you felt they had what one might consider an almost 'comparable' year. Both [Adrian Peterson] and [Chris Johnson] ran behind poor lines (as did Forte) and inept passing game. Though pure running skills wise I consider them better, as an overall value to a team, I honestly couldn't see how in his best stat LT could beat out Forte. I just checked stats and like it or not Forte beat LT in EVERY VIABLE STAT!"
In this case, I just flat-out over-thought and whiffed. I spent too much time making sure I didn't omit anyone from another division, and I really worked hard to make sure Tomlinson got a vote. I thought what he did last season -- 1,282 all-purpose yards for a team that made it to the AFC Championship Game -- was quite a statement at his age and merited some recognition. (Apparently I was the only one.)
But as many of you pointed out, Forte finished with 1,616 all-purpose yards for a team that made it to the NFC Championship Game, the 10th-best mark in the NFL. I can't speak for the other voters, but those figures should have been enough to get a spot on my ballot. I needed to start my list with the players I know best.
Who would I have left off? I probably would have had to drop my Tomlinson crusade. (My No. 9 running back, the Baltimore Ravens' Ray Rice, was third among NFL running backs last season with 1,776 all-purpose yards. He's making the cut.) I won't be getting a new job, as Frankiemazz requested. But like the rest of us, I will live and learn.