Thursday, December 1, 2011
Is Drew Brees getting slighted?
By Pat Yasinskas
The NFL announced its Players of the Month for Offense, Defense and Special teams. There wasn’t an NFC South player among them.
Not surprising, really, since no NFC South player has been a Player of the Month this season. What is surprising is how the league, which usually goes out of its way to spread these kind of awards around, isn’t doing that with the NFC Offensive Player of the Month.
Aaron Rodgers won it. Good for him. He’s a great player and is having a tremendous season.
But here’s the catch. Rodgers also was the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for October – and September. Heck, he actually just became the first player since Player of the Month awards were started in 1986 to win an award in four straight months. Rodgers also won it in December of last season.
The NFL office decides on these awards, and you can’t help but wonder if the chance to allow Rodgers to make history factored into this one at some level. Rodgers and the Packers are a great story and Green Bay is a storied franchise.
Rodgers certainly had a tremendous November, complete 72.4 percent of his passes for 1,103 yards with 13 touchdowns and one interception, and he led the Packers to four wins in the month.
But there have been lots of times through the years where I’ve seen the league not necessarily give weekly or monthly awards to the guy with the best statistics. It’s usually done in the interest of sharing the wealth among the teams.
It seems like there’s a guy in the NFC South who is firmly covered by Rodgers’ shadow and the lore of the Packers. As I wrote the other day, I think Brees should at least be a strong candidate for Most Valuable Player. But that’s not going to happen. Rodgers will win that award, too.
Brees did receive the NFC Offensive Player of the Week this week. But I say the league snubbed Brees a bit by going with Rodgers for a fourth straight month. Brees and the Saints only played three November games because they had a bye week.
But the Saints won them all and Brees completed 69 percent of his passes for 943 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception.
Yeah, I know New Orleans isn’t a huge market and the Saints’ history isn’t nearly as rich as the Packers. But shouldn’t Brees, who is on pace to break Dan Marino’s record for passing yards in a season, at least be getting some accolades?