Chris Johnson didn’t get a MVP vote, but he will take home some hardware.
Johnson was named the NFL’s offensive player of the year Wednesday. Johnson earned 38 1/2 votes, while Drew Brees finished a distant second with nine votes. Peyton Manning got 1 1/2 votes, and Philip Rivers earned one.
(So Manning was far more valuable than Brees, but not a better offensive player?)
“I kind of realize what I did and I feel like I had a dream season,” Johnson told the Associated Press. “I didn’t even get one vote at all [for MVP]. Like the
season I had, it seemed like, ‘What more do they want me to do?’ That
just felt like rookie of the year; it’s a quarterback thing I guess.”
Well, now Johnson has something. Even if we’re not entirely sure what the award signifies.
It seems to be for best offensive player that was stuck on a bad team. Or the guy with the best stats other than the MVP. Or basically a way to give more players a taste of postseason honors.
Whatever the reason, it’s hard to argue that “Every Coach’s Dream” doesn’t deserve all the acclaim coming his ways. No player has ever gained more yards from scrimmage in a season.