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Sheldon Richardson: “I am the defensive rookie of the year”

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If Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson had a vote for defensive rookie of the year, he’d vote for himself.

I am the defensive rookie of the year,” Richardson said, via Newsday. “That’s just how I feel. If anybody has an opinion about it, they can always state their opinion. It’s just me.”

Richardson had a very good first year, both against the run and as a pass rusher (and he even scored a couple of rushing touchdowns) and he believes it should be an easy choice.

“Most definitely,” Richardson said. “It’s not even a question.”

Actually, it is a question. Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso, Panthers defensive tackle Star Lotullelei, 49ers safety Eric Reid and Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu all deserve consideration. But Richardson has a strong case. And obviously a lot of confidence.

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  1. rg3andthensome says: Dec 31, 2013 6:54 AM

    Like confidence in this guy. But the Jets are just a bad team.

    And I am a skins fan.

  2. unkrautsalat says: Dec 31, 2013 6:56 AM

    He’s right. Alonso was great, but Richardson was the second best player in a very very good front seven. He is the only reason New York isn’t talking about the job the GM is doing right about now.

  3. IbelieveinSantaClaus says: Dec 31, 2013 7:01 AM

    Dude, you’re the best rookie, Rex is the best coach, each year you’re a SB contender, yet the Jets stink.

  4. mythaimyke says: Dec 31, 2013 7:01 AM

    Doesn’t hurt to dream Sheldon! But NO, you are not defensive rookie of the year!! Unless Rex has a tattoo of you!!!!

  5. phillyblm says: Dec 31, 2013 7:03 AM

    Gotta love this kids confidence. He balled this year for sure

  6. ajsjr40 says: Dec 31, 2013 7:03 AM

    It’s always interesting to see the ‘me first’ attitude from Jets players and coaches.

  7. kingpel says: Dec 31, 2013 7:13 AM

    Ogletree in St Louis was pretty solid too.

  8. ravenswhat says: Dec 31, 2013 7:18 AM

    Give me a break with those other guys. Sheldon is easily the DROY. AND he has 2 rushing tds.

  9. 13fitzj says: Dec 31, 2013 7:20 AM

    ajsjr40

    You have no idea what you’re talking about. If you follow the Jets’ soundbites, you’ll be hard pressed to find a “me first” attitude.

    Also consider that Richardson is the dude whose twitter handle is “godforshort.” He’s almost like 2009 Rex in player form.

  10. jetsfaninjersey says: Dec 31, 2013 7:20 AM

    Jealousy is a terrible thing..if you were playing, shouldn’t you believe in your ability? I applaud his belief in himself. That Jets line will be a force the next few years and there will still be haters
    RG3 dude we stunk and still had 5 more wins than your skins..just sayin

  11. cluelessdufus says: Dec 31, 2013 7:22 AM

    Either Alonso or Richardson. if it were me to choose I would take Richardson he is a good chunk of what the Jets defense did this year and probably saved his coaches job. Alonso was great easily 2nd best, but his team was 4-12 and granted he is a good reason they are 4-12 and not 0-16, Richardson helped bring balance to that line, something Coples didn’t and still hasn’t shown considering he was a 1st round pick. Richardson and Wilkerson are gonna dominate for years to come and if Coples develops that is just scarier.

  12. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Dec 31, 2013 7:26 AM

    He had a great year and will be a force for years to come, but our vote goes to Kiko.

    159 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 ints… those are pro bowl numbers

  13. gnrfan8804 says: Dec 31, 2013 7:36 AM

    Bills were 6-10

  14. csbrown72 says: Dec 31, 2013 7:38 AM

    No doubt Richardson had a great year but there is a Star in Carolina on that D-Line. Star Lotullelei for Defensive Rookie of the Year!! No way it’s a top 2 Defense without him.

  15. jlilly67 says: Dec 31, 2013 7:40 AM

    Alonso is good but Richardson finished stronger and that should be the difference

  16. t8ertot says: Dec 31, 2013 7:41 AM

    What a humble guy

  17. fanofevilempire says: Dec 31, 2013 7:46 AM

    I agree, this dude is bad ass and he scored 2 TD’s

  18. hehateme2 says: Dec 31, 2013 7:47 AM

    Another Mevi$ in the making. Boy, can the jets boast or what?

  19. fanofevilempire says: Dec 31, 2013 7:50 AM

    people just talking out their butts, hating on NYC teams when they don’t know jack about the teams.
    meanwhile they never tell you Jacksonville is their team.

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
    you suckers you!

  20. keltictim says: Dec 31, 2013 7:52 AM

    If the jets can actually put together something that resembles a consistent, average offense they could potentially challenge the patriots for the afc east. They have a very good defense if they could consistently put 14-21 points on the board they will easily win up to 11 games next year. I just don’t see them doing it with the current offensive (both definitions of offensive) staff.

  21. buddysguys says: Dec 31, 2013 7:57 AM

    @cluelessdufus

    name speaks for itself. Bills were 6-10 a simple check of the standing will show you that.

    Alsono had a 159 tackles 3 more than the Beast Kuechly. 4 Picks one a game clincher vs the Defending SB Champs. 2 sacks and 1 FF.

    Richardson had a great year but Alonso had a better one.

  22. firefighter372 says: Dec 31, 2013 7:59 AM

    is your man earl is your name richard sherman no ..so no you dont get GOHAWKS

  23. vsica1 says: Dec 31, 2013 8:00 AM

    anyone who doesnt say Kiko, never watched the bills play…and im not a bills fan.

  24. joebenignosfriend says: Dec 31, 2013 8:05 AM

    I love how people who don’t follow the Jets judge the Jets. It’s all about the team with them. And Sheldon is certainly the defensive rookie of the year….but mo willy was clearly a pro bowler so I’m not holding my breath

  25. jjbadd385 says: Dec 31, 2013 8:07 AM

    Nothing wrong with a man being confident

  26. sfniners4life says: Dec 31, 2013 8:11 AM

    He must not know who Eric Reid is. He replaced goldson and is actually a improvement over goldson as a rookie. He gets my vote for def rookie of the year.

  27. wagons716 says: Dec 31, 2013 8:13 AM

    “Either Alonso or Richardson. if it were me to choose I would take Richardson he is a good chunk of what the Jets defense did this year and probably saved his coaches job. Alonso was great easily 2nd best, but his team was 4-12 and granted he is a good reason they are 4-12 and not 0-16, Richardson helped bring balance to that line, something Coples didn’t and still hasn’t shown considering he was a 1st round pick. Richardson and Wilkerson are gonna dominate for years to come and if Coples develops that is just scarier.”

    For starters the Bills went 6-10 splitting with the Jets this year and there D was soild. They ended with 60 sacks and I believe around 25 Ints… Kiko ended with 160 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 ints, and one forced fumble. For a guy that went in the 2nd round and wasnt even thought of being the d rookie of the year I think he deserves the honors!!!

  28. 80sbroncofan says: Dec 31, 2013 8:13 AM

    Sheldon Richardson will be the defensive rookie of the year. If there was a redo of the 2013 draft he would be a top 5 pick if not the first.

  29. gadzod says: Dec 31, 2013 8:17 AM

    Kiko Alonso was a tackling machine. Not only was he a solid player, he was also extremely durable. How durable you ask? The Bills defense played 1,177 snaps this year. Of those snaps, Kiko played 1,177 snaps. He didn’t take a play off, all year! Couple that with 159 tackles, 1 FF, 4 INTs, and 2.0 sacks (Richardson had 3.5 sacks), and he should definitely win it.

  30. cshearing says: Dec 31, 2013 8:26 AM

    I agree that he probably gets it, but if the Honey Badger did not get injured it would likely be a different story.

  31. gb4mn0 says: Dec 31, 2013 8:27 AM

    I don’t understand how Xavier Rhodes from the vikqueens isn’t “hands down” the Def Rookie of the Year. Seeing that Rhodes was part of the Harvin trade the vikqueens made with the Hawks and according to the lavender Larry toads that trade “completely obliterated” the SeaChix. Any player that’s part of completely obliterating another team should get the award, “hands down!”

  32. bengalsucker says: Dec 31, 2013 8:32 AM

    Good for this kid to have that kind of confidence in himself. That’s not a bad thing. But it’s insulting that Vontaze Burfict isn’t getting any consideration from you in your article. More often than not the league is apologizing for those bogus personal foul calls he gets. By far the best defensive rookie in the league. Nobody even close.

  33. lionboy23 says: Dec 31, 2013 8:32 AM

    How about Ziggy Ansah? He missed 2+ games, still had 8 sacks. He should at least have his name placed on the voters’ ballots….

  34. bostoncollie says: Dec 31, 2013 8:34 AM

    Cyprien had a decent rookie campaign in Jacksonville too, but DROY should go to Kiko Alonso in a tight race

  35. hyzers says: Dec 31, 2013 8:36 AM

    Ziggy Ansah led all rookies in sacks despite missing a few games. He should at least get a mention…

  36. godofwine330 says: Dec 31, 2013 8:40 AM

    77 total tackles, including 3.5 sacks, not including 3 rushing TDs as an interior defensive lineman. The average interior lineman barely has half that amount (fantasy football owners know how hard it is to find productive D-Linemen). I’d say yes, Defensive Rookie of the Year.

  37. ampats says: Dec 31, 2013 8:40 AM

    Wanted to wish Jets fans everywhere a Happy 45th !!

    Five more seasons until your Silver Anniversary.

  38. jbusch415 says: Dec 31, 2013 8:41 AM

    But, but, Dee Millner?

  39. kev86 says: Dec 31, 2013 8:50 AM

    Self proclaimed award winners make me root for the other guy(s). Hope this loudmouth loses.

  40. reasonisthereason says: Dec 31, 2013 8:52 AM

    Ziggy Ansah led all rookies with 8 sacks.

  41. thebandit27 says: Dec 31, 2013 8:53 AM

    cluelessdufus says: Dec 31, 2013 7:22 AM

    Either Alonso or Richardson. if it were me to choose I would take Richardson he is a good chunk of what the Jets defense did this year and probably saved his coaches job. Alonso was great easily 2nd best, but his team was 4-12 and granted he is a good reason they are 4-12 and not 0-16, Richardson helped bring balance to that line, something Coples didn’t and still hasn’t shown considering he was a 1st round pick. Richardson and Wilkerson are gonna dominate for years to come and if Coples develops that is just scarier.

    ————————

    I agree that it’s either Alonso or Richardson; Buffalo, however, was not 4-12, they were 6-10.

    Alonso is one of the biggest reasons that the team vaulted into the top 10 in total defense this year. Easily the best player in the back 7.

    That said, I’m not sure who I’d vote for between the two.

  42. kgun87 says: Dec 31, 2013 8:59 AM

    1st off bills were 6-10, not 4-12 , 2nd for a rookie to play every defensive snap is ridiculous , not to mention 3rd overall in tackles in nfl , # legend of kiko

  43. jeffreyshulenburg says: Dec 31, 2013 9:02 AM

    He has a good case. But Alonso had all pro numbers and could be the biggest pro bowl snub there is. He outplayed Luke Keuchly and Patrick Willis this season. That sounds like rookie of he year to me

  44. dirte42 says: Dec 31, 2013 9:02 AM

    well clearly your name rings true clueless… maybe take a look at a league standings chart or something…. granted 6-10 isnt much better than 4-12, but still.

  45. bucnblood says: Dec 31, 2013 9:02 AM

    Lavonte David disagrees.

  46. ndfanatic31 says: Dec 31, 2013 9:02 AM

    Sheldon has all the makings of a great player, whether he wins the award or not. What the Jets need next year is someone who can stake claim to the Offensive ROY.

  47. blues1988 says: Dec 31, 2013 9:11 AM

    Good to see Mizzou continuing to produce high quality NFL caliber defensive players. This year Sheldon Richardson, next year Michael Sam.

  48. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 31, 2013 9:13 AM

    If you have to say something about yourself like this you aren’t what you’re claiming to be.

  49. markwri says: Dec 31, 2013 9:17 AM

    Stop! I’m tired of reading about the jets, who are a .500 team and the cowboys another .500 team. If you have to tell everyone your greatness then perhaps you’re not. To those organizations shut up, stop talking to the press and just win games.

    And another thing, the jets celebration for going 8-8 and missing the playoffs. I guess we know what thier season goals were.

  50. lonpicard says: Dec 31, 2013 9:20 AM

    The Bills were 4-12? Epic loss of credibility there. They were 6-10 and the far superior team a few weeks ago when they beat the Jets, 37-14. Having said that, I would not argue with Richardson winning DROY. I would NOT trade my 6-10 team for either of the 8-8 teams in our division. It’s been a long, long time, but I can feel it coming. The pieces are mostly in place…

  51. polkhigh4life says: Dec 31, 2013 9:20 AM

    You look b4 you just throw teams records out there….4-12 huh????…..while you’re there at the records…take a look at Alonso’s stats…if you know what stats are???

  52. piratefreedom says: Dec 31, 2013 9:23 AM

    Time to hold out and and get paid!

  53. yankeemofo says: Dec 31, 2013 9:24 AM

    Honey Badger might have something to say about that.

  54. weepingjebus says: Dec 31, 2013 9:28 AM

    All I can think of is “Chazz Michael Michaels IS figure skating! Boom!”

  55. indytom87 says: Dec 31, 2013 9:37 AM

    I don’t mind players talking this way about themselves. It means they are going to pressure themselves to back it up.

  56. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Dec 31, 2013 9:57 AM

    I hate the JETS, absolutely 100%!!!! You can’t argue that they have one of the best defenses against the rush though!!

  57. njfinfan1 says: Dec 31, 2013 9:58 AM

    Who gives a crap. This is the Jet way to worry about awards. Do you think Peyton Manning or Tom Brady care about winning the regular season MVP? NO, they care about who on their team get the Super Bowl MVP. The Jets had a nice season, better than expected but Rex doing a victory lap in their last home win, getting a gatorade bath this past week – you would have thought they are going to the Super Bowl. This is why this organization is a joke.

  58. polkhigh4life says: Dec 31, 2013 10:05 AM

    How does a BENGAL fan complain Burfict didn’t receive consideration for a Rookie of the year award???????……uh, mayb because HE’S not a ROOKIE!!!!!!!!!…..WOW…. You know your team for sure

  59. jbaxt says: Dec 31, 2013 10:24 AM

    Wish this guy would’ve stayed at Mizzou for another year, I think MU would be looking at a national championship had he stuck around.

  60. tim8450 says: Dec 31, 2013 10:34 AM

    I hope is does get DROY, and then next summer he can hold out for a new contract that can commensurate him appropriately for his skills and contributions.

  61. stoopidfool says: Dec 31, 2013 10:34 AM

    Pats UDFA rookie Chris Jones deserves it more than Richardson

  62. 49erfan44 says: Dec 31, 2013 10:47 AM

    As a niner fan I have a soft spot for Reid. Also as a niner fan I don’t see how Earl Thomas doesn’t get it, dude is a beast.

  63. 49erfan44 says: Dec 31, 2013 10:50 AM

    Defensive player that is, not rookie. I know Thomas isn’t a rookie.

  64. boyshole25 says: Dec 31, 2013 10:54 AM

    Love this Eric Reid. He’s a beast and loves to hit

  65. nyjalleffingday says: Dec 31, 2013 11:20 AM

    Of course Kiko Alonso has better statistics, he’s playing a position that allows you to rack ‘em up. You’re comparing the stats of an LB and a DL and thinking the comparison is valid, when it isn’t.

    That being said, as long as the award goes to Richardson or Alonso, can’t really complain, both players are beasts

  66. jackm79 says: Dec 31, 2013 12:09 PM

    159 tackles??? That’s a complete joke. There’s a reason why tackles are not an official stat. Teams like Buffalo pad their players stats. Kiko is a baller, no doubt. But he didn’t have 159 tackles. Maybe 120, but not 159.

  67. southpaw79 says: Dec 31, 2013 1:03 PM

    Love Eric Reid, but he is too selfless of a player to get this award. I think he had two pick 6 opportunities that he just sat down on because the Niners had the game locked up. Plays like that show his maturity and that he is in line for future success, but it does not show up in the stat line so he will lose out on the DPOY.

  68. ryann252013 says: Dec 31, 2013 1:29 PM

    Lol why are Bills fans getting so defensive? We both got great defensive steals in 2013 lets just enjoy it and stop worrying about personal accolades. The bills can have a DROY but they were still 6-10. Same goes for the jets but we still ended 8-8. Both Alonso and Richardson are NOT “me first” attitudes they both are leaders on and off the field. I’m a jet fan but I could care less about who should be DROY I would rather be in the playoffs right now, same to the bills.

  69. gohometrolls says: Dec 31, 2013 2:49 PM

    Richardson Alonso and the kid from Carolina are all great sucks that the jets could of had all three, but Richardson played like a pro bowler watch the videos

  70. namaths5thofwhiskey says: Dec 31, 2013 2:55 PM

    He is

    Alonso disappeared

    Reid has been balling but he was already on a established defense.

    Star is also a stud but didn’t make the same impact on his team that Richardson did.

    Therefore Richardson is the DROY

    :praise:

  71. mtntexas says: Dec 31, 2013 10:37 PM

    But I’ve talked about me enough! Why don’t you talk about me for a while?

  72. m3dman3 says: Jan 3, 2014 3:56 PM

    Not even nominated lol

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