All-Pro voting has some clues about MVP

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The NFL’s MVP won’t be announced until the night before the Super Bowl. For now, the only clues as to who will win it come from the All-Pro team.

The same 50 media members who vote on the All-Pro team vote on the MVP and other postseason awards, so the same thinking that shaped their All-Pro voting will surely influence their thoughts on MVP.

First, cross Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz off the list. Though he finished with more touchdown passes than Tom Brady, and despite the fact that Wentz’s value was highlighted by his absence from his team’s last three games, Brady got 47 of the All-Pro votes at quarterback. Wentz got two.

Second, Rams running back Todd Gurley and Steelers receiver Antonio Brown are viable contenders. Gurley got 46 votes at tailback (he also received one vote at the “flex” position), and Brown was the only unanimous selection, appearing on all 50 ballots.

But since the MVP often is a quarterback award, Brady remains the favorite. We’ll know the answer in 29 days, at a time when most of the focus will be on the Super Bowl, with maybe a little on the new class of Hall of Famers.

26 responses to “All-Pro voting has some clues about MVP

  1. It would be hard to argue with either a Brady or Gurley selection. AB is the best WR in the league but it would be hard to accept him as the league MVP when he isn’t the MVP on his own team, that would be Bell.

  2. teal379 says:
    January 5, 2018 at 1:47 pm
    David Baktiari is an All-Pro but not selected to the pro bowl – figure that out….
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    Not hard to figure out. Fans vote for the Pro Bowl and base their votes based off of the uniforms players wear and nothing else. Fans are not very objective. They vote for who they like the most instead of who the best players are.

    Everyone has an opinon. Not everyone has an informed opinion.

  3. Too bad AB got hurt in the Pats game. He’s probly looking at 115 catches,1700+ receiving yards, and possibly being the difference in the Pats/Steelers game.

  4. MVP is about as important and fair as the Heisman voting. Who really cares what the opinion of 50 selected voters are.Let the people (fans) decide.

  5. ^^

    Yeah, kinda like The Patriots being without Edelman, Hightower, Mitchell et al. Injuries affect every team.

  6. Mike Florio Says:
    First, cross Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz off the list. Though he finished with more touchdown passes than Tom Brady, and despite the fact that Wentz’s value was highlighted by his absence from his team’s last three games, Brady got 47 of the All-Pro votes at quarterback. Wentz got two.
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    Mike, I would simply respond this way – in the Super Bowl, with the game on the line, who would you rather have as your QB?

  7. commentawaitingdeletion says:

    January 5, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    It would be hard to argue with either a Brady or Gurley selection. AB is the best WR in the league but it would be hard to accept him as the league MVP when he isn’t the MVP on his own team, that would be Bell.
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    Don’t let the fact that the Steelers players voted Antonio Brown as the team MVP enter into your logic. You obviously know more about the team than the players do.

  8. teal379 says:
    January 5, 2018 at 1:47 pm
    David Baktiari is an All-Pro but not selected to the pro bowl – figure that out….
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    This is what packer fans are reduced to.
    Whining that a second team all pro isn’t in the pro bowl,

    I guess it’s better than whining that Rodgers wasn’t named to something.

  9. As an Eagles fan, I would love to see Wentz have it. And by the meaning of the word “Most Valuable Player,” it seems like he should.

    But we all know how these things work; he won’t get it this year. However, if he continues to play like he did this year, there are plenty of MVP awards in his future.

    Not that it matters, however. The only one that matters is the one named after that old Packers coach. We all know that, too…especially Carson.

  10. I am of course not saying Brown doesn’t deserve his spot…but it didn’t hurt that the Steelers were on prime time an absurd number of weeks. No team was showcased more then the Steelers this year, and nobody’s path was cleared like theirs, though they could not take full advantage of that.

    Brady lost all interest in the MVP award long ago for obvious reasons. They’ve always looked for a way to NOT give it to him, yet he’s the MVP of the new Millenia. Go figure. The Lombardi’s and the rings are what matter him.

  11. Why is it usually always a “Splash players”that win?
    Don’t people realize without O-linemen, Full Backs, Defensive line and backs things would look a lot different.
    I would rather give the award to groups of players!

  12. lanman11 says:

    I am of course not saying Brown doesn’t deserve his spot…but it didn’t hurt that the Steelers were on prime time an absurd number of weeks. No team was showcased more then the Steelers this year, and nobody’s path was cleared like theirs, though they could not take full advantage of that.

    How on gods green earth does playing on prime time affect a guy’s MVP possibility? Please, I’d love to hear the logic of how a guy having over 600 yds in a 4 gm span has anything to do about showcasing on prime time. Admit it Lanman, you hate the Steelers plain & simple, & won’t even acknowledge Brown as an incredible WR.

  13. total joke to consider players other than qb. Brown or Bell are not even the most valuable player on their own team, neither is Gurley. It’s often about a “storyline” not the real MVP.

  14. ok, MVP means most valuable. So, Wentz was leading the important statistics up until his injury, and still leads in some having been out 2+ games. Now for a person to be most valuable, it means without that person it wouldnt be the same. How on the planet does Wentz only get 2 votes? Look at his team without him? Brady is not what makes the Patriots, though he is a big part of it. Patriots have a plug an play system there, so any decent QB would be fine. Gotta love these rigged things, glad it really means nothing but a trophy and a title beside your name.

  15. Give the MVP to ABB (Anybody But Brady). It is bad luck, no one wins the Super Bowl after winning the MVP, Brady doesn’t want it, the fans know it’s a joke award because of how many times they passed over Brady already when he deserved the award.

    Just give it to ABB.

  16. I still think it should be Wentz. I don’t agree with this media idea that if you miss time you are somehow eliminated from MVP candidacy. Same situation applies for Antonio Brown. Both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia rested starters in week 17, so Wentz really only missed 2 games he would’ve played in and Brown essentially only one (2 if you consider he left early in the NE game). Brady, Gurley, still very solid choices, but Wentz was the best player I watched this year.

  17. It seems like NFL politics plays a huge role in the MVP selection. Manning won it 5 times, yet he only won 2 Superbowls. He was absolutely NOT the league MVP in his last year and everyone knew it. It is a joke of an award. It usually goes to QB who is in the most insurance / car / pizza / credit card commercials.

  18. The Rams have the best defensive player in the league. They also have the best offensive player in the league. Oh wait, there’s more! They also have the best special teams player in the league.

  19. Sorry but Wentz is the true MVP this year. With and without is night and day.

    The media has been completely disrespecting the Eagles without Wentz. If you ain’t giving them much of a chance then give Wentz MVP. You don’t get it both ways.

  20. Wentz was by far the best player this season. Isn’t that what MVP is all about? He basically locked up the 1 seed for the Eagles. Brady was not that good down the stretch and certainly wasn’t as eye popping as Wentz. I remember when Joe Montana missed 4 games and won MVP over R. Cunningham. Looks like Eagles fans are on the short end of the stick again. lol.. Philly can’t win. I feel bad for them.

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