AP will redo defensive ROY vote, with Cushing as a candidate

The Associated Press has decided not to strip the 2009 defensive rookie of the year award from Texans linebacker Brian Cushing.

Instead, the AP will simply redo the vote.

According to Bob Glauber of Newsday, Cushing will remain eligible.  Thus, in theory, he could win it again.

Maybe that’s why we’re now hearing that Cushing “took and passed a lie detector test.”  The P.R. effort already has begun — and we hope that the AP voters won’t fall for it.

The award could now go to Bills safety Jairus Byrd, or Packers linebacker Clay Matthews.

Meanwhile, since the AP apparently is in the mood to “get it right,” how about considering a new voting system that awards points for first place, second place, and third place, instead of merely casting one vote per voter?

54 responses to “AP will redo defensive ROY vote, with Cushing as a candidate

  1. I have no problem with that if they come up with clean tests for the other candidates while they’re at it.

  2. They should redo the year Vince Young won the award so Jones-Drew could claim what’s rightfully his.

  3. Wasn’t Clay Matthews also rumored to be on the same “good vitamin” program as Cushing while at SC?

  4. “Meanwhile, since the AP apparently is in the mood to “get it right,” how about considering a new voting system that awards points for first place, second place, and third place, instead of merely casting one vote per voter?”
    Because voting systems like that are stupid. Who cares who came in second? Just man up and vote for one guy. Who didn’t know Cushing was on drugs? Which of the voters are blind? Anyone who has looked at Cushing has known he was on something. Either vote for him or not and live with the result.

  5. you hope the A.P voters won’t fall for it?
    wow, you’re a douche.
    take your agenda, chew it up, and blow it out of your ass, Florio.
    Anyone with sense knows he won’t win it again, so why superimpose your opinion over the vote?
    This is exactly the kind of thing that keeps you from being a real journalist and becoming someone with a vote.

  6. dont forget to mention Brian Orakpo as a candidate. As long as Matthews doesnt get it I will be happy

  7. The reports I have seen said Cushing tested positive in September, probably as he was recovering from his injury during training camp. I am assuming that he was further tested during the rest of the season, but I don’t know how that works. If he was, I am further assuming that his work in October, November, and December was untainted. If so, I still like him for ROY. Any insight there? What kind of follow up testing is there for a player who tests positive early in the season?

  8. This is a good idea. Now we can see how these voters really feel about PED’s. The voting should tell us a lot sending a clear message to all the players, fans etc…

  9. Mathews shares the same suspicion as Cushing regarding steroids – I hope they have recent drug tests for all candidates. All AP nominees should be required to take special drug tests to be eligible. That will avoid this type of embarrassment in the future.

  10. we should be taking records and awards away from all players in all sports who test positive then.
    Peppers and Merriman still got thier DROY, and what if Cush comes back and plays exceptionally welll next season as well…then what we do it over again?

  11. Looks like the AP is making the right decision. I would like to see the 1st, 2nd , 3rd place weighted point system too. I like the idea of leaving it up to the writers, Cushing may get the McGwire treatment or maybe not. Either way – Go Clay Mathews!!!

  12. This is getting ridiculous. Maybe we should revote on the Madden cover too, seeing as how Chris Johnson did what he did while playing against this ‘cheater’ twice and still rushing for over 2k?
    The current system is stupid, if you’re going to punish someone for taking a masking agent, don’t clump it into the same catagory as the people who got caught taking a PED. The punishment shouldn’t be the same. Guilty if you can’t prove innocent is not fair.
    He also ‘failed’ this test at the start of the season, prior to recording these stats.

  13. What if it was a tainted substance that he unknowingly took? Why should he be stripped of his honor for that?
    I’m not saying he didn’t know, considering his gains in muscle from his freshman year in college to last year, but it is possible.
    He played well, won the award, going back to “re-vote” doesn’t make sense to me. the NFL let him play through teh season, after he came up positive, so why shouldn’t he be able to keep the award?
    P.S. I think Matthews should have won it in the first place.

  14. I hope the redo vote will result in a new winner. Cushing deserves to lose this award just another cocky kid who knows hes accomplishing things by cheating

  15. The Award should go to the Bills safety Byrd. He had an outstanding rookie season. This kid will be great.

  16. No matter who wins the 2nd time around Cush was still the best DROY. They tested him the whole season while he played and didn’t test positive. Would be funny as hell if he got the votes again even though he won’t.

  17. My initial reaction was hey, if the first-place guy is out, the second-place guy is the top guy left. But then I realized that if people that voted for Cushing would also had Matthews above Byrd, then a re-do is in order.
    And besides, should anybody associated with Buffalo be the winner of anything positive?
    As far as Mattews and the PEDs go, test him the same as any other NFL player. No more, no less. If he ever comes out dirty, shame on him too, but unless or until he does, he doesn’t deserve to be guilty by association.

  18. Byrd is the word.
    Led the NFL in INTs.
    Pro Bowl selection(not replacement)
    Centerpiece to the NFL’s best secondary.
    They should have gotten it right the first time.

  19. “allday28 says:
    May 10, 2010 5:42 PM
    dont forget to mention Brian Orakpo as a candidate. As long as Matthews doesnt get it I will be happy”
    Yeah, if some white rookie ripped the ball out of my hands and ran it back for a TD I’d be jealous, I mean, umm, pissed too.

  20. FreeAgentPro – Hi – where did you read/see/hear anything about the linking of Clay Matthews and steroids? I’ve never seen anything like that.
    _______
    MFlorio – I don’t see any particular advantage in assigning points since there is only one award, and the number of votes for each candidate is made public anyway.
    _______
    Personally, I think they should take the award away from BC, and then, unsatisfactory as it is for EVERYBODY, award the thing to the next highest candidate, even though it isn’t going to make that person feel great either, since the gap between first and second is so huge.
    Re-voting will enable the voters to feel better, maybe – but what does their feeling better accomplish? And even if the next guy in line gets ALL the votes on the second go-round, the new winner will still know that almost nobody voted for him the first time, and he’s winning only because the first winner was an idiot.
    Find me one honest man –

  21. FreeAgentPro – Hi – where did you read/see/hear anything about the linking of Clay Matthews and steroids? I’ve never seen anything like that.
    _______
    MFlorio – I don’t see any particular advantage in assigning points since there is only one award, and the number of votes for each candidate is made public anyway.
    _______
    Personally, I think they should take the award away from BC, and then, unsatisfactory as it is for EVERYBODY, award the thing to the next highest candidate, even though it isn’t going to make that person feel great either, since the gap between first and second is so huge.
    Re-voting will enable the voters to feel better, maybe – but what does their feeling better accomplish? And even if the next guy in line gets ALL the votes on the second go-round, the new winner will still know that almost nobody voted for him the first time, and he’s winning only because the first winner was an idiot.
    Find me one honest man –

  22. Too bad Cushing didn’t play for the Vikings, they can stretch it out for a couple of years with the help of their season ticket holding state judges.

  23. And next year when Matthews fails and Byrd fails will we redo it again? How many redos’ can we redo?

  24. BenRapistberger…………uh, yeah…cool name, you super-creative cat you…………..
    ……….and you logic is among the stupidest I’ve ever heard………
    “The current system is stupid, if you’re going to punish someone for taking a masking agent, don’t clump it into the same catagory as the people who got caught taking a PED. The punishment shouldn’t be the same. Guilty if you can’t prove innocent is not fair.”………..
    explain to me why on earth someone would be taking a masking agent without having previously taken a PED??
    ….you keep that logic up, you could be writing for this site soon……………..

  25. Figures. If someone from ANY OTHER team was the runner-up, he’d automatically get it, but since Byrd plays for BUFFALO, they’ll do a revote, just to screw him over again.

  26. Jarius Byrd should of won it in the first place hands down. I’m not even a Bills fan. That kid killed it, and for some reason it seems like hardly anyone even noticed him. He deserves it 100%. What did he have 3 games straight with 2 INT’s, and 9 INT’s total tied with Sharper. Pretty damn good for a rookie who was a backup that made a name for himself when given the opportunity.

  27. who cares? i dont know why the NFL is all stuck up about steroids. i want to see huge, brain-crushing hits, not some dainty kicker-types. bigger muscles, bigger hits, more excitement.

  28. they should give it to Byrd. he’s like the only exciting player from the bills..

  29. “Um…how come no one has mentioned VERNON DAVIS? The next star corner back in the NFl.”
    Well then, um, hm…

  30. Florio…how come you don’t have an AP vote? Oh, sorry…they give those to journalists, I forgot.

  31. # chimi says: May 10, 2010 6:57 PM
    Um…how come no one has mentioned VERNON DAVIS? The next star corner back in the NFl.
    ———————————–
    I totally agree. I also think that Mike Wallace from Pit is the next dominant 3-4 nose tackle in the game!!!

  32. And this is why you should never watch a hockey game then surf right on over to PFT:
    I keep reading the headline as “AP will redo defensive WAH vote, with Cushing as a candidate”

  33. chimi are you referring to vernon davis brother vontae? because if so..he still doesnt deserve the award.
    give it to clay matthews.

  34. The great thing about giving it to Byrd would be how smart the kid is, steroids didn’t give him that, study and practice did. Clay Mathews lives in the “Has a great chance to benefit from Steroids” area. Plus if his teammate was a user, theres a good chance hes dabbled in it.

  35. @stnmmc
    You guys are both wrong; Chris Johnson will be the next great NFL kicker.

  36. ACDC84 says:
    May 10, 2010 6:11 PM
    “allday28 says:
    May 10, 2010 5:42 PM
    dont forget to mention Brian Orakpo as a candidate. As long as Matthews doesnt get it I will be happy”
    Yeah, if some white rookie ripped the ball out of my hands and ran it back for a TD I’d be jealous, I mean, umm, pissed too.
    =======================================
    Yeah, it’s totally embarrassing when white people do well at sports.

  37. I’m a Bills fan and think Byrd should have won the first time but Cushing won on most votes based on what was know at the time. It’s history so why re-write it?
    Would it really mean anything to Byrd or Matthews to win on a redo??? Put an * by Cushings name if it makes everybody feel better.
    And I disagree with the points for place voting system; one man, one vote!

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