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Donald Butler gets AFC defensive POW over Cam Wake

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The NFL announced Wednesday that Chargers linebacker Donald Butler received AFC defensive player of the week honors for making six tackles, a half-sack, and returning an interception for a touchdown in San Diego’s Week Four win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

The best defensive player from the American Football Conference in Week Four was factually Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake, who registered 4.5 sacks of Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb as Miami came up just short of unseating undefeated Arizona, 24-21.

Although the name of the weekly award suggests it’s an individual honor, the voters apparently decided Butler’s team getting the win was more important. And this isn’t taking anything away from Butler, who had a very nice game. But Wake was more dominant than him on the football field in Week Four and should have been recognized as defender of the week.

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25 Responses to “Donald Butler gets AFC defensive POW over Cam Wake”
  1. drainbameged says: Oct 3, 2012 2:33 PM

    I knew Wake was going to have an awesome day! I really wish they had won

  2. totallyuselessme says: Oct 3, 2012 2:33 PM

    Were the regular voters locked out or something?

    This seems like a replacement-voter kind of error.

  3. Stiller43 says: Oct 3, 2012 2:34 PM

    Wow bogus wake should have won it hands down

  4. flipper9494 says: Oct 3, 2012 2:34 PM

    Geez, even when the Chargers do well, gotta take something away from them. Maybe the voters were looking at the total contribution, either way, this is subjective every week and people can pick nits with every choice.

    Let the guy have his award!

  5. srcnsd says: Oct 3, 2012 2:34 PM


    Congrats Dbutts!

  6. paulnoga says: Oct 3, 2012 2:35 PM

    Can’t you just report the award without complaining about everything?
    Both players were good. Just report the award and give the man credit.

  7. sdcameron says: Oct 3, 2012 2:35 PM

    Always find a way to hate on San Diego. Can’t give Butler his due and talk about what a good player he is, have to say he doesn’t deserve it. Classic.

  8. theboltupcharge says: Oct 3, 2012 2:36 PM

    I feel like every Chargers post has such a negative tone to it. Even the one about the Chargers blowing out the Chiefs made it seem that the Chargers had nothing to do with the 6 turnovers.

  9. misfit74 says: Oct 3, 2012 2:37 PM

    Go Dawgz!

  10. dannymac17 says: Oct 3, 2012 2:40 PM

    Sure he sacked Kolb 4.5 times, but when it came to crunch time, Wake was non existant

    Butler anchored and captained a defense that did more than just sack the quarterback.

    He was also in on 2 of the fumbles. He created pressure all game.

    It’s a lot easier to sack the QB than returning a tipped pass to his back left shoulder and returning it to the endzone.

  11. randyschwimmer7 says: Oct 3, 2012 2:55 PM

    The Chargettes apologist are coming out in groves. If you actually took the time to actually read the article, Silva basically said Wake was more dominate. I don’t know how anyone can take that away. 4.5 sacks is nuts for any player to do in today’s NFL. He also still gave credit to Butler. He is just posting HIS opinion on the matter. That is what they are paid to do.

  12. silverhornet says: Oct 3, 2012 2:55 PM

    Oh I’m sure Cam Wake is highly upset over this.

  13. phinphan85 says: Oct 3, 2012 3:07 PM

    Maybe to land a sack isn’t that hard. To notch 4.5 sacks and 13 QB pressures in a game doesn’t happen often (it’s the 5th highest total in a game in NFL history). I would go ahead and bet that a linebacker line with only 6 tackles, 0.5 sacks and a INT returned for a TD happens a lot more frequently. Either way great game for him, but Wake deserved the award hands down.

  14. dannymac17 says: Oct 3, 2012 3:16 PM

    13 QB pressures but obviously you didn’t watch the game and just automatically gave Butler 0 pressures.

    Spot on.

  15. gambleonsports says: Oct 3, 2012 3:47 PM

    Anyone who has ever played Madden will tell you that you can’t win a player of the week award if your team loses the game.

  16. orangecisco says: Oct 3, 2012 3:49 PM

    Pro football focus gave Wake a grade of +11.4. It’s one of the highest defensive grades they have EVER given lol. Not sure what Butler got since he wasn’t even noted in the game review…

  17. squinn21 says: Oct 3, 2012 3:59 PM

    He didn’t have 0 but he sure as hell didn’t have 13 like Cam.

    To anyone else saying “Cam disappeared when it mattered most” look at the tape! Guy was literally triple teamed during that whole drive.

    Cam got robbed but it’s cool, guess he’ll just have to ball out next week.

  18. arzcardinals says: Oct 3, 2012 4:07 PM

    Cardinals left him in their wake….nice job, but we win.


  19. annes22 says: Oct 3, 2012 4:57 PM

    Wake deserved that, if it hadn’t been for Carpenter again, the Dolphins would have won that game.
    Tannehill had 450yds against the Cardinals, and Hartline 250yds rec, what does that tell you about their defense??

  20. jetsareajoke says: Oct 3, 2012 7:26 PM

    Uh, simple answer is the voting is done on and anyone who watches all the NFL shows, knows the Fins get no accolades from ESPN or them. He11, the Fins could go undefeated and blow out the NFC reps in the big dance and all you would hear/read is how they had a weak schedule (or some other nonsense).

  21. jonevans83 says: Oct 3, 2012 7:59 PM

    Only uneducated fans who make real Fin fans look bad start blaming the kicker for one missed 51 yarder right after half time instead of all the turnovers that directly led to the loss. /boggle

  22. norvturnersneck says: Oct 3, 2012 8:04 PM

    Donald Butler was dominant the whole game too. Maybe he should get more sacks to convince you Silva. He did put 6 up on the board. How many did Wake get?

  23. hardballtalkusername says: Oct 3, 2012 8:18 PM

    Whatever little, and I do emphasize that word, credibility this award had is now lost.

  24. mmlkr2c says: Oct 3, 2012 10:45 PM

    Typical of the NFL, they HATE the Dolphins and screw our team, our fans and especially our players every way they can.

  25. finitesd says: Oct 5, 2012 4:54 AM

    Stats really don’t always show the entire picture. Wake had a crazy good game but so did Butler. If you had watched the full Chargers game you would instantly realize Butler played an amazing game beyond what the stat sheet showed. If the fins would have won the game I think Wake would have probably won the POW because of his stats. But stats (or really lack of stats) can be misleading sometimes especially at certain positions.

    Congratulations Butler! You definitely deserved this award. Here’s to many more POWs in your future!!

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