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.