NFL MVP: The Hidden Trick


While quarterbacks are the favorites for MVP year after year. What is it that really drives them to win? Is it stats, wins, highlights, or a combination of all of those things? Every year Aaron Rodgers is a favorite for MVP. The only thing he has year after year is a top ten offensive line. In 2020, his line ranked No. 2 according to PFF. Let’s look at the list up to 2013.

Year

MVP

Offensive line rank

2020

Aaron Rodgers

2

2019

Lamar jackson

2

2018

Patrick mahomes

13

2017

Tom brady

3

2016

Matt ryan

6

2015

Cam Newton

2

2014

Aaron Rodgers

4

2013

Peyton manning

4

As we go through the list, the only MVP without an offensive top 6 is Mahomes in 2018. He is a generational talent and an outlier. Each year, as the QBs roll out a huge number regardless of weapons or defense, they play with what they have is protection. Watch Brady, Jackson and Rodgers none of whom had more than one major weapon receiving the ball. People have said that Kirk Cousins ​​is a dark horse candidate for MVP. The only time an offensive line has made a big enough jump in the preseason rankings at the end of the season was Newton in 2015. They went from 22 to 2. What would it take for the Vikings Offensive line to climb from 20 places?

Looking at the line beginning with Left Tackle Christian Darrisaw. He is the alleged starter. As a rookie, it is not without precedent for him to be a top 20 LT. He comes from a groin injury that limited him to college. It’s going to be difficult but not unlikely.

On who I believe will be left guard Ezra Cleveland. Last year he moved inside and struggled to get started. Over the year it has improved but still needs to be more consistent. In order for him to take the step forward, he must step back to the left side. He’s always played there, and the footwork should be natural for him. Also, the way the draft went, I think he knew he was staying on guard. He can add strength to better anchor against the inside defensive lineman.

Mr. Garrett Bradbury our starting center. He must be able to trust the men to his left and to his right. When a player is worried if he is going to have to cover other player work, he will make mistakes. If Cleveland and Davis are managing their job, Bradbury can just do his job and get out.

The aforementioned Wyatt Davis should take the starting place of Right Guard. He has all the skills and tools to become a Pro Bowl goalie. Like Darrisaw, he played in 2020 injured and started every game anyway. Performed at a very high level. Once he regains 100% lateral quickness, he will have an instant impact inside the offensive line.

Save the best for the last Brian O’Neill. He is the best lineman in the Vikings. He’s going to get paid the next offseason and he’s going to get paid a lot. On condition that he continues on the same path.

It all comes together, which takes a long time to start. Then Cousins ​​has a chance to become an MVP. At this point it’s all about hope that things go well and as long as fans can still believe there is a chance. We can all still have hope!

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Aarron Mollema

 

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