It’s the time for midseason awards in the NFL, something we usually don’t do because, with all due respect to those who do it, we personally think it’s kind of stupid.
Playoff berths aren’t decided until the season is over. Awards shouldn’t be determined until then, either.
And, perhaps more importantly, we’re too lazy to do it.
But those who have taken the time to cobble together the talking points that come from determining whether Matt Ryan or Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck or J.J. Waaaaaatttttt is the midseason MVP apparently have overlooked a suffocating defense that returned 10 starters in 2012, with the new starter (Aldon Smith) being a clear upgrade over Parys Haralson.
Cam Inman of BayAreaNewsGroup.com points out the dissing of the 49ers D, which comes at a time when players like Watt (sorry, Waaaaaattttttt) and Bears defensive back Charles Tillman are getting all the buzz.
Still, the Niners are allowing a league-low 12.9 points per game, including four games in which the opponent scored six points or fewer. And the midseason slight, meaningless as it may be, surely will give coach Jim Harbaugh another arrow in his motivational quiver.