Stephon Gilmore hopes to take home Defensive Player of the Year

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Only five cornerbacks ever have won the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year, with Charles Woodson in 2009 the most recent. Stephon Gilmore hopes to join the exclusive club.

“It’s pretty cool. That’s a big award,” Gilmore told Jeff Howe of “The award speaks for itself, a lot of hard work, a lot of good teammates that put me in that position, a lot of preparation from myself. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates to even be in this position. I feel like I had a good year. Hopefully, I’ll win it.”

Defensive linemen dominate the award. Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald has won the last two years, but he isn’t likely to win this year despite earning All-Pro honors again.

Arizona’s Chandler Jones and Pittsburgh’s T.J. Watt were the edge rushers on the All-Pro team, with Jones likely to contend for the award with his 19 sacks and eight forced fumbles.

But Gilmore was the best player on the best defense, leading the league with six interceptions and 20 pass breakups. He was a unanimous selection to the All-Pro team, which is a good sign for him since the same 50 voters select the award winners.

“Toward the end [of the season], people started saying it,” Gilmore said. “I didn’t really think about it because it’d be a big award to win. I think it’d be the first Patriot to win Defensive Player of the Year. I mean, that’s insane. Hopefully, I’ll win it.”

19 responses to “Stephon Gilmore hopes to take home Defensive Player of the Year

  1. Jones accomplished his feats without the aid of any even average teammates (except Budda Baker) while Gilmore had a bevy of above-average teammates.

  2. Woodson’s 2009 win was a sham. No corner since Prime Time has had a season as good as 09 Revis. The sign of a lockdown corner is an empty stat sheet because QBs don’t even try. Revis shut down every team’s No.1 receiver, week in and week out for 16 games. When you can put a guy in single coverage on a team’s best receiver on every snap, you don’t mess around having him blitz or play some soft, interception-friendly zone scheme. Revis turned in the best CB season in 15 years only to suffer the indignity of having the award go to someone else at his position. Woodson, who was splitting time as a safety, gets some picks and a pair of sacks and wins the award. Shameful.

  3. He should get a fromager award for trying to sell that Swiss cheese secondary. Just ask Tannehill, Mahomes, Jackson, Watson, and Fitzpatrick. They tore him up.

  4. Great player, but DPOYs don’t let DeVante Parker score a TD over them in the last minute of the last game and cost their team a first round bye

  5. With one of the weaker schedules in the NFL during this past season Gilmore benefited tremendously…particularly prior to meeting the Baltimore team. After that game both NE and Gilmore were exposed and in fact if he had any chance of winning the award it went out the window on NE’s last game of the year (arguably their MOST important game of the year) when he was torched by ‎DeVante Parker of the Dolphins and probably the sole reason that NE ended up a 3rd seed!!!

  6. DeVante Parker repeatedly beat him like a drum in a week 17 that was crucial for New England.

    Sorry Gilmore, you disappeared when the Pats needed you the most. DPOY don’t do that.

    TJ Watt Much more deserving IMHO

  7. Gilmore was TIED for the league lead in interceptions with six, with Tre White. Tre White also didn’t allow any TD passes this year, a start that Gilmore can’t claim. But, sure, Gilmore was Defensive Player of the Year.

  8. Pretty interesting. Comparing relevant stats of Gilmore to Joe Haden, who is not even in consideration for the award:

    6 INT, 20 PD, 0 FF, 1 FR, 53 Tckles, 0 TFL, 101 Trgts, 51 Cmps, 50.5% CmPct, 11.7 yds/cmp

    5 INT, 17 PD, 1 FF, 1 FR, 65 Tckles, 3 TFL, 81 Trgts, 43 Cmps, 53.1% CmPct, 10.8 yds/cmp

    Lot more similar than different, with Haden showing better in quite a several areas. Not sure he has enough to distinguish him as DPOY over Jones or Watt. He does have two TDs to his credit.

  9. MVP should be Nick Bosa. Without him, Niners aren’t int he Super Bowl.


    …Gilmore, the Pats still win 10 games and bow out in first round;
    …Aaron Donald, the Rams still miss the playoffs;
    …TJ Watt, the Steelers still miss the playoffs;
    …Cam Jordon, the Saints are still one-and-done;
    …Za’Darius Smith & D. Hunter the Packers still can’t stop the run;
    …Shaq Barrett they are still a .500 team.


  10. Tre White should be in consideration. He played every game as the top cornerback. He had 6 interceptions and he didn’t give up any touchdowns like Gilmore did. My vote goes to Tre White cornerback of the Buffalo Bills.Very deserving.

  11. Numbers are meaningless outside the skill positions. Gilmour didn’t play well against Miami, but few DBs win every battle, every game. Gilmour shut out half the field almost every game. He was the best player on D This yr.

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