Donald Butler gets AFC defensive POW over Cam Wake

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The NFL announced Wednesday that Chargers linebacker Donald Butler received AFC defensive player of the week honors for making six tackles, a half-sack, and returning an interception for a touchdown in San Diego’s Week Four win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

The best defensive player from the American Football Conference in Week Four was factually Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake, who registered 4.5 sacks of Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb as Miami came up just short of unseating undefeated Arizona, 24-21.

Although the name of the weekly award suggests it’s an individual honor, the voters apparently decided Butler’s team getting the win was more important. And this isn’t taking anything away from Butler, who had a very nice game. But Wake was more dominant than him on the football field in Week Four and should have been recognized as defender of the week.

25 responses to “Donald Butler gets AFC defensive POW over Cam Wake

  1. Geez, even when the Chargers do well, gotta take something away from them. Maybe the voters were looking at the total contribution, either way, this is subjective every week and people can pick nits with every choice.

    Let the guy have his award!

  2. Can’t you just report the award without complaining about everything?
    Both players were good. Just report the award and give the man credit.

  3. Always find a way to hate on San Diego. Can’t give Butler his due and talk about what a good player he is, have to say he doesn’t deserve it. Classic.

  4. I feel like every Chargers post has such a negative tone to it. Even the one about the Chargers blowing out the Chiefs made it seem that the Chargers had nothing to do with the 6 turnovers.

  5. Sure he sacked Kolb 4.5 times, but when it came to crunch time, Wake was non existant

    Butler anchored and captained a defense that did more than just sack the quarterback.

    He was also in on 2 of the fumbles. He created pressure all game.

    It’s a lot easier to sack the QB than returning a tipped pass to his back left shoulder and returning it to the endzone.

  6. The Chargettes apologist are coming out in groves. If you actually took the time to actually read the article, Silva basically said Wake was more dominate. I don’t know how anyone can take that away. 4.5 sacks is nuts for any player to do in today’s NFL. He also still gave credit to Butler. He is just posting HIS opinion on the matter. That is what they are paid to do.

  7. Maybe to land a sack isn’t that hard. To notch 4.5 sacks and 13 QB pressures in a game doesn’t happen often (it’s the 5th highest total in a game in NFL history). I would go ahead and bet that a linebacker line with only 6 tackles, 0.5 sacks and a INT returned for a TD happens a lot more frequently. Either way great game for him, but Wake deserved the award hands down.

  8. Pro football focus gave Wake a grade of +11.4. It’s one of the highest defensive grades they have EVER given lol. Not sure what Butler got since he wasn’t even noted in the game review…

  9. Dannymac17:
    He didn’t have 0 but he sure as hell didn’t have 13 like Cam.

    To anyone else saying “Cam disappeared when it mattered most” look at the tape! Guy was literally triple teamed during that whole drive.

    Cam got robbed but it’s cool, guess he’ll just have to ball out next week.

  10. Wake deserved that, if it hadn’t been for Carpenter again, the Dolphins would have won that game.
    Tannehill had 450yds against the Cardinals, and Hartline 250yds rec, what does that tell you about their defense??

  11. Uh, simple answer is the voting is done on and anyone who watches all the NFL shows, knows the Fins get no accolades from ESPN or them. He11, the Fins could go undefeated and blow out the NFC reps in the big dance and all you would hear/read is how they had a weak schedule (or some other nonsense).

  12. Only uneducated fans who make real Fin fans look bad start blaming the kicker for one missed 51 yarder right after half time instead of all the turnovers that directly led to the loss. /boggle

  13. Donald Butler was dominant the whole game too. Maybe he should get more sacks to convince you Silva. He did put 6 up on the board. How many did Wake get?

  14. Stats really don’t always show the entire picture. Wake had a crazy good game but so did Butler. If you had watched the full Chargers game you would instantly realize Butler played an amazing game beyond what the stat sheet showed. If the fins would have won the game I think Wake would have probably won the POW because of his stats. But stats (or really lack of stats) can be misleading sometimes especially at certain positions.

    Congratulations Butler! You definitely deserved this award. Here’s to many more POWs in your future!!

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