As the regular season closes, talk of the NFL's MVP naturally begins to surface. Every prognosticator on the planet adds their 2 cents and I am no exception. Yes, I'm very biased but why not? I write for a Patriots blog; my adoring fans expect me to be a homer every once in a while. ;-) Except this time, I don't think I'm being a homer.
For most of the year, I/we have complained that Tom Brady has struggled to find a rhythm with his receivers, that the rust clearly hadn't worn off. Wonderboy was simply not himself. After a 20-21 loss to Miami on December 6th, the team went through some tough moments. Sending players home, the "distraction" of a new son for Brady, the team rallied and won the remaining 3 December games which ultimately sealed a playoff berth.
Despite all the adversity Brady has had to contend with, rehabbing his knee being one of those "small" adversities, he is barely, if at all, mentioned as a 2009 MVP candidate. Look, I understand guys like Peyton Panning, Philip Rivers, and Drew Brees are having phenomenal years. If any of them wins the MVP, I will have no issues. However, Brady not even having a seat at the table is frustrating to me.
Going by NFL stats, he's in the top five for every category that matters. Oh, did I mention he's done a lot of this with cracked/broken/fractured ribs AND a broken throwing hand ring finger? Yeah, small detail. I work in an office at a computer and if I had 3 cracked/broken/fractured ribs and a broken finger, I'd be huddled over my keyboard in pain. Tom Brady PLAYS FOOTBALL!!! The fact that he's accomplished what he has with those injuries blows my mind.
Oh, and you may counter he's not at the top of the list in any of the stats linked above and you would be right. He's not. However, if you believe in Football Outsiders, you will notice that Wonderboy is ranked 1st using DYAR and 2nd for DVOA. No seat at the table. Yeah great.
Considering what he's overcome, and done it with one of the tougher schedules in the NFL, it's odd indeed that he's not being mentioned in any MVP conversations. Again, I'm ok with a guy like Manning getting the award; he's had a hell of a season. However, he hasn't had to overcome nearly the adversity Brady has. Shouldn't he at least get a nod?