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Desmond Bishop aims to be NFL defensive player of the year

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In 2012, Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop never saw the field after suffering a hamstring injury in the preseason. In 2013, Bishop thinks he’s going to be the best defensive player in the NFL.

Bishop told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he keeps a notebook with everything he plans to do for the whole season, and at the top of the list is “2013 Defensive MVP. Why not?

Some might say the answer to “Why not?” is simple: Bishop is nowhere near good enough to be the defensive player of the year. But Bishop doesn’t see it that way.

“Seriously,” Bishop says, “why not? I know I’m capable.”

The Packers may not believe Bishop is capable, which is why they were considering trading him last month. Bishop says that trade talk motivates him.

“Oh yeah,” Bishop said, “definitely. I get so much motivation from so much different stuff. I’m ready to go.”

From all indications, Bishop will be ready to go in 2013 after missing all of 2012. But ready to be the defensive player of the year? Don’t bet on it.

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  1. buddybowl69 says: May 20, 2013 12:42 PM

    Desmond who?

  2. We need Bud Grant says: May 20, 2013 12:43 PM

    Ok, then…

  3. jimthebuilder27 says: May 20, 2013 12:44 PM

    He’s a heck of a player. Defensive Player of the Year? Probably not. But is the Packer defense better with him? Oh yes!

  4. golforepar says: May 20, 2013 12:45 PM

    Bishop has good goals! Unlike some of the Lions, some the goals they have are in hope of having the best lawyer!!

  5. jayovalentine says: May 20, 2013 12:45 PM

    So does every defensive player in the NFL…

  6. floratiotime says: May 20, 2013 12:49 PM

    Lots of people have the same aim.

  7. jagsfan1 says: May 20, 2013 12:51 PM

    we’ll see what Kapernick has to say about that…

  8. rasalghoul says: May 20, 2013 12:52 PM

    If he is just the best inside linebacker in the NFCN I will be happy. I don’t see him surpassing Clay as the best defensive player on the team but I do like the confidence.

  9. hodaghunter says: May 20, 2013 12:52 PM

    Every player in the NFL better be aiming that high. I wouldn’t expect anything less of any defensive player in the league.
    Get after it Bishop!

  10. rj6976 says: May 20, 2013 12:53 PM

    I would hope all players have that as a goal

  11. blacknole08 says: May 20, 2013 12:53 PM

    I like his confidence. Next to Clay Matthews, I’d say he’s the best defender the Packers have.

    But DPOTY? Seems more like a dream than a reality for him. And that’s no disrespect to Bishop because he is a great player when healthy.

  12. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 20, 2013 12:54 PM

    He’s as delusional as your average Packer fan.

  13. markpackman says: May 20, 2013 12:54 PM

    He who aims at nothing is sure to hit it.

  14. bornking24 says: May 20, 2013 12:55 PM

    In a division where he’s playing against Adrian Peterson, Calvin Johnson, and Brandon Marshall… Yeah right..

  15. johosophat says: May 20, 2013 12:55 PM

    DPOY is very doubtful, but it’ll be great to have him back this year. We sorely missed his physical presence last year

  16. romo4life says: May 20, 2013 12:56 PM

    Just give him the award already…he certainly earned it!

  17. souldogdave says: May 20, 2013 1:00 PM

    And I aim to be King of France.

  18. greenbaypackerbacker says: May 20, 2013 1:03 PM

    I detest when media acts like this… Who doesn’t believe in their self??? What is he supposed to say… Yeah no I really suck and shouldn’t strive for defensive player of the year???

  19. stevent92 says: May 20, 2013 1:03 PM

    Defensive POYs dont get owned by Adrian Peterson, Frank Gore and others the way this guy has. Cant cover a TE to save his life. He better worry abouy not getting cut before he starts putting himself in a category he doesnt belong in

  20. fredsingleton says: May 20, 2013 1:05 PM

    Won’t even get Defensive Player for his team, let alone the NFL. It’s okay to be confident, it’s another thing to be delusional.

    Delusional – mhmm sound familiar Packer fans?

  21. c1md6 says: May 20, 2013 1:06 PM

    Lol yeah for a defense that gave up close to 600 yards in two games to a division rival running back. Focus on stopping the run and helping your team, rather than a personal achievement you clown.

  22. crownofthehelmet says: May 20, 2013 1:08 PM

    Apparently there’s a fine line between confidence and sounding like a moron.

  23. Norseman says: May 20, 2013 1:24 PM

    Not sure if it’s mental or physical illness that’s keeping Bishop out of OTAs this week, but clearly he’s got issues on both fronts.

    First a hamstring injury that, even after 11 months, still is not better- or he’d be in OTAs right now- and now delusional as well.

    No wonder the Packers were shopping him- with no takers. $19m in salary cap down the drain.

  24. johngaltwho says: May 20, 2013 1:31 PM

    bornking24 says: May 20, 2013 12:55 PM

    In a division where he’s playing against Adrian Peterson, Calvin Johnson, and Brandon Marshall… Yeah right..

    Packers are 17 and 3 in the division over the last 3 years. 17 and 3 – thats insane domination!!!! Keep boasting. Little hyperbole from Bishop, Lotta crazy selective memory from the rest of the NFC North.

  25. bzillaz says: May 20, 2013 1:33 PM

    I love this site, but silly, unattainable, brash player predictions are the worst stories ever!

  26. wildcatwr36 says: May 20, 2013 1:33 PM

    Sounds like the idiocy of Packer fans its slowly making its way to the actual players. (Greg Jennings knew this)

  27. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 20, 2013 1:33 PM

    Those hammies don’t linger, do they?

  28. killface4prez says: May 20, 2013 1:34 PM

    c1md6 says: May 20, 2013 1:06 PM

    Lol yeah for a defense that gave up close to 600 yards in two games to a division rival running back.

    And if the outcome of those games was determined by rushing yards gained by RB’s, the vikings would have been 3-0 against the packers.

    Unfortunately the games are settled by actual points, so the vikings were 1-2.

  29. Norseman says: May 20, 2013 1:35 PM

    Funny, even AP didn’t say he was aiming for MVP this time last year, only that he would be ready to go week 1.

    Better to be humble buddy- and have a little better understanding of where you’re at as a player.

  30. gorilladunk says: May 20, 2013 1:36 PM

    I aimed to win the Power Ball drawing on Sat. night. Things will probably work out as well for Bishop as they did for me.

  31. judsonjr says: May 20, 2013 1:37 PM

    The Packers were not trying to trade Bishop, other teams were inquiring as to whether Bishop was available.

    The Packers couldn’t really afford to trade him as they only have 3 experienced players at ILB – Hawk, Bishop, and Jones. Everyone else basically played special teams.

    As far as DPOY at ILB, probably not going to happen. To win at ILB, it’s pretty much a team award. You have to have the top D in the league and win a lot of games. That’s how Urlacher (2005) and Lewis (2000) won theirs with less than stellar stats.

  32. mnomalley says: May 20, 2013 1:39 PM

    Better learn how to tackle the offensive MVP first.

  33. peytonsneck18 says: May 20, 2013 1:43 PM

    somebody needs to urine in a cup

  34. golforepar says: May 20, 2013 1:44 PM

    Viking fans bringing up last year is hilarious! Vikings history is as bad as it gets! Should we start with SBs?

  35. Patriot42 says: May 20, 2013 1:47 PM

    Not much going on in the NFL sports world? If you have to scrap the barrel for a comment of a football players saying he is going to be the best.

  36. GenXJay says: May 20, 2013 1:47 PM

    Seriously, you’re not capable.

  37. 1oldpro says: May 20, 2013 1:51 PM

    20.5 sacks, 16 passes knocked down, 39 TFL, 81 tackles, 42 QB hits, and 4 forced fumbles ought to do it!

  38. gnarlswoodson says: May 20, 2013 2:04 PM

    jagsfan1 says:May 20, 2013 12:51 PM

    we’ll see what Kapernick has to say about that…

    ———————————————————-

    Bishop never played against Kaepernick, but I wouldn’t expect a Jaguars fan to know one thing about football.

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    mnomalley says:May 20, 2013 1:39 PM

    Better learn how to tackle the offensive MVP first.

    ———————————————————-

    Again, no Bishop for either Vikings game last year. Aside from that Beastie Bish made a name for himself and permanently took Nick Barnetts spot because of the way he was standing up Peterson. If you Vikings fans forgot about that, you’re in for a real treat.

  39. tokyosandblaster says: May 20, 2013 2:08 PM

    I like to thank the Vikings and their fans for giving me so much laughter.

    Remember the last time you had a defensive player of the year?

    Here’s a hint: most of you weren’t even a thought in your mom’s brother’s mind at the time

    The Packers have had two DPOY since, and had a better defense last year (with this guy out with injury the whole year).

    He’ll be back, the packers will improve, the Vikings will make us all laugh again, and all will be well.

  40. granadafan says: May 20, 2013 2:11 PM

    DPOY is unrealistic, but Desmond has always shot for high goals. If it makes him more determined and a better player, then good for him and the team.

  41. axespray says: May 20, 2013 2:16 PM

    You guys sure you didn’t mis-interrupt the guy?

    Cause the Team hands out game balls and the coaches name guys team MVPs and what not…

    Like Tramon won a”Played Through Injury” award from his lockerroom in 2012 cause he played with that shoulder problem…

  42. richcranium2112 says: May 20, 2013 2:19 PM

    Desmond, keep your aim high, don’t be high like Petey and the Seahags.

    Only one person gets to be the DPOY, only one team gets to win the World Championship – SuperBowl.

    At this time of year most players and teams are awesome at making claims. Back it up in February.

  43. axespray says: May 20, 2013 2:23 PM

    “Bishop told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he keeps a notebook with everything he plans to do for the whole season, and at the top of the list is “2013 Defensive MVP. Why not?“
    ————————————-

    So hold up, he didn’t even say “NFL Defensive Player of the Year” … just MVP on our 2013 Defense ?

  44. packerfacts says: May 20, 2013 2:25 PM

    Fact: 3 out of 4 Packer fans think Bart Starr is a character from The Simpsons.

  45. mvp43 says: May 20, 2013 2:26 PM

    I hate when players guaranty wins and things like that, but I do love when a player has confidence in himself. No, he won’t be the Defensive MVP, but as a coach you want players who can find incentives other than the most expensive Benz or the biggest house.

    Its a great goal….good luck Desmond!

  46. stellarperformance says: May 20, 2013 2:28 PM

    I would rather have a player returning from injury do so with this kind of self-confidence……and likely not make the team, than a returning player that derides his teammates to the point he can no longer be allowed on the team.

    signed, Percy Harvin

  47. snowman36 says: May 20, 2013 2:35 PM

    Uc Berkeley!!

  48. taintedsaints2009 says: May 20, 2013 2:55 PM

    Breaking news

    Peyton manning is aiming to be the MVP and Super Bowl champion.

  49. brewdogg says: May 20, 2013 2:58 PM

    tokyosandblaster says: May 20, 2013 2:08 PM

    I like to thank the Vikings and their fans for giving me so much laughter.

    Remember the last time you had a defensive player of the year?

    Here’s a hint: most of you weren’t even a thought in your mom’s brother’s mind at the time

    The Packers have had two DPOY since, and had a better defense last year (with this guy out with injury the whole year).

    He’ll be back, the packers will improve, the Vikings will make us all laugh again, and all will be well.
    —————————————

    Tokyo…..please think before you type. Those two Packer DPOYs occurred in years that the Packers lost in the wild card game and the Vikings advanced to the NFCCG. Ironically, in both those seasons there were Packer fans assuring everyone that the WR the Vikings took in the 1st round would be a bust.

    If I were you, I would hope that no Packer gets DPOY….or give up on trying to predict next season based on previous seasons.

  50. 28for20 says: May 20, 2013 3:12 PM

    That Bishop character just cracks me up!

  51. tokyosandblaster says: May 20, 2013 3:13 PM

    Brew, in the same post you said that if a Packer wins the award the Vikings would eliminate the Packers in the playoffs, and that I shouldn’t try predicting the future.

    Interesting.

    My post was more intended to show you kiddos that you wouldn’t know a dpoy if it slapped you in your girly faces.

  52. whatjusthapped says: May 20, 2013 3:23 PM

    He was clearly one of the top tacklers in 2011 and so its logical that the defense will improve with his return. His stated goal of Defensive MVP is in reference to the Packers when he starts with a 1 in 11 chance and if he performs well, could be their defensive MVP.

    Viking fans are confused because the last time a Viking defensive player stated his goal, it was for the single season sack record (22) and Ray Edwards only missed it by 16 or so. Meanwhile Peterson’s stated goal is 2500 yards and a Superbowl. I don’t which one is more delusional but I will go with the Superbowl victory because if the Vikings have done anything consistently over 52 years, its choking in the playoffs.

  53. patch24680 says: May 20, 2013 3:24 PM

    Two words……Luke Kuechly!

  54. immafubared says: May 20, 2013 3:47 PM

    How about this guy motivating himself to actually play a season without getting hurt. That’s why they were trying to trade him, his value means nothing sitting on the bench all the time, not to mention all of last season.

    Talk about a linebacker who gets frieght trained a lot.

  55. immafubared says: May 20, 2013 3:50 PM

    He will probably trip over an automatic watering system nozzle at practice and miss the rest of this decade with his luck.

  56. deltaoracle says: May 20, 2013 3:57 PM

    I’ll be very happy if he can just be the player he was before the injury.

  57. PowerMad says: May 20, 2013 4:06 PM

    Laughed so hard at this I almost snapped a vocal chord. Here’s another reason why the Packers will sucks this year–overconfidence. hahahahaha

    Packers = Last

  58. tokyosandblaster says: May 20, 2013 4:30 PM

    PowerMad says:
    May 20, 2013 4:06 PM

    Packers = Last

    ——

    It’s a little silly to be talking about next year’s draft positioning. But I agree. They’ll be picking 32nd.

  59. jimmysee says: May 20, 2013 4:34 PM

    Thank you guys — this is all great motivational “bulletin board” material for Desmond.

  60. stankytoes12 says: May 20, 2013 4:59 PM

    Hes a good LB, I think he is capable, its really up to players around him to step up like Nick Perry, and if Dat-one Jones can contribute that would be huge as well. Probable? Nah, but its possible, everyones ripping the dude apart for this prediction but if he came out and said “im not good enough to be DPOY” id be concerned. I definitely know hes pro bowl capable.

  61. mattblairfan59 says: May 20, 2013 5:38 PM

    Hey Tokyo, remember the last time you had a defensive player voted MVP of the league?! Yeah, that’s what I thought!

  62. mattblairfan59 says: May 20, 2013 5:52 PM

    Vikings and Packers have both had two players win Def. P.O.Y., and many think Jared Allen should have won it with his 22 sacks two years ago. D. Bishop will be lucky to win a spot on an NFL roster after his injury. Who does he think he is, Adrian Petersen?! Petersen has actually shown the ability to come close to what he says he would like to accomplish in a season. Bishop, not so much.

  63. northstarnic says: May 20, 2013 5:58 PM

    Classic. As if anyone on that defense deserves any awards (well, maybe most beautiful hair trophy to Roidi-locks). That’s a D only a Sconny could love.

  64. jhtobias says: May 20, 2013 6:30 PM

    Oh queens fan stop crying.. He will be 33 years old in about 4 years and you can sign him then..

    Queens paper champions of the nfl 2013..

  65. c1md6 says: May 20, 2013 7:00 PM

    I think Peterson just scored again on the packers d! Oh wait that was kapernick haha, great d greenbay.

  66. lambeauandlombardi says: May 20, 2013 8:47 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 20, 2013 1:33 PM

    Those hammies don’t linger, do they?
    ………………………………………………………………………

    As long as he takes some of those same natural supplements that Pederson did, should heal right up.

  67. filthymcnasty1 says: May 20, 2013 9:07 PM

    That’s a lofty goal, but I’d settle for him winning his second ring, and being a part of the Packers record 14th World Championship.

  68. tokyosandblaster says: May 21, 2013 12:16 AM

    Vikings fans seem to be the only fans, in any sport, who are fans of a team that has never won anything; and talk like they are perennial champions.

    They’re really like the Packers non-athletic brother who tries so hard but never really gets there.

    And yet, their attitude doesn’t even warrant pity.

    It’s really no wonder that when you ask anyone who knows anything about sports who the worst fan base is, the vast majority will say Minnesota.

  69. siggtacular says: May 21, 2013 12:58 AM

    Keep dreaming

  70. 15to12 says: May 21, 2013 12:45 PM

    This is classic Lombardi. Set your goal as perfection and along the way achieve excellence. Every team should have 22 players that set this high of a standard as a goal.

    What is he, Rudy? He’s a starting linebacker on a perennial Super Bowl contender. Sports writers that got cut from tee ball would probably be the last place I would look to as far as what is healthy motivation for a top flight athlete.

  71. wicuda says: May 21, 2013 10:31 PM

    Haters-call me when your team has 13 championships,,,

  72. 1stngoal says: May 22, 2013 1:05 PM

    Nothing wrong with setting goals. That’s what good players on the good teams do… and as far as the trade talk story goes, I think most NFL fans would blush if they heard some of the trade chatter that goes on between personnel guys…

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