It was just over a month ago that Tom Brady led the Patriots to a historic Super Bowl win, but with their Super Bowl season now in full swing, the MVP conversation is once again getting heated.
The Miami Dolphins’ defensive player of the year, Ndamukong Suh, recently took to Twitter to weigh in on the MVP race and his thoughts on the state of the league.
“I’m a Dolphins fan.
I don’t care what other people think.
I’m not going to lie, I’m the MVP,” Suh tweeted on January 7.
“The only way I’ll ever be the MVP is if the league and NFLPA are the best and most dedicated to winning.
The best way to do that is to win championships.”
The NFL and the NFLPA have a long history of being outspoken about the need to get players on board for a winner, with the league’s collective bargaining agreement with players, players’ union and owners all agreeing to a 10-year deal worth $1.5 billion, and players and owners in the past decade signed a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) in 2018.
“We’re going to have a winner in 2020,” Sukh added.
“Hopefully that’s going to be us.”
Suh’s comments are notable because he’s not the only player taking to Twitter on a personal level.
Tom Brady has said he thinks Suh is “the best defensive player in the NFL” and that the MVP award should be decided by the best player in each conference.
But while Brady may be the only quarterback in the game who can claim that distinction, there are many players who could have that same claim, and many of them have said the same things.
In the first of this three articles, we’ll take a look at some of the best players in the league who are not only outspoken about their opinions, but who also have said something that is often overlooked in the MVP discussion.
Here are some of these players, ranked from least outspoken to most outspoken.
Tom Coughlin, New York JetsThe Jets’ head coach and offensive coordinator have had a lot of time to reflect on the 2015 season, which was a season that featured three different quarterback-turned-running back combinations, three different running backs who have gone down with injuries, and an injury-riddled offensive line.
But after an injury to Matt Forte in Week 4, Coughlan said that the offensive line was “not good enough” for him to be in the conversation for the MVP.
“Right now, we’re not playing at the level we need to play,” Coughlins statement read.
“But we’ve got a few good guys on this team, we got a lot going for us.
We got guys like Ryan Fitzpatrick, who can play.
We have guys like Josh McCown who can do it all, we have guys that can be productive.”
Coughler added that he wasn’t happy with how things played out, but that “if you want to win a championship, you’ve got to have good guys.”
In Week 15, Cuffins quarterback Brandon Marshall was benched in favor of Fitzpatrick.
The Jets had lost all three of their games by double digits and were on their way to the Super Bowl, but Coughlins coaching staff and quarterback were not able to find the answers they needed.
“It’s a tough year.
We’ve got four quarterbacks that can do whatever we want to do,” Cufflin said.
“For us to win this Super Bowl and get to the playoffs, we’ve gotta be better.”
Tony Romo, Dallas CowboysThe Cowboys’ quarterback, who was the MVP of the 2016 season, has been criticized by some for his play, and he himself has admitted that he is “trying to do too much,” but he has also said that he has “never been a selfish player.”
The criticism has been harsh, but Romo has said that it’s not about him.
“Being selfish isn’t who I am,” Romo said at the NFL owners meetings.
“There are people that have selfish instincts.
I respect them.
I love the game.
And I’m going to do whatever it takes to win.”
The Cowboys also have the third-best defense in the entire league, but the defense isn’t the only thing that the Cowboys have going for them.
They have a star wide receiver in Dez Bryant, a quarterback who can get the ball to anyone on the field, and a running game that can move the chains and score touchdowns.
“Our offensive line is one of the most consistent units in the National Football League,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said during the league meetings.
The Cowboys are one of four teams that are still undefeated entering Week 17.
“With the talent and the talent in this league, I think we have the talent to win the Superbowl,” Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said.
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks