Stephon Gilmore is the defensive player of the year

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The Patriots aren’t in Miami for the Super Bowl, but one of the team’s players picked up an award at the NFL Honors show the night before the Chiefs and 49ers square off for the title.

Cornerback Stephon Gilmore has been named the defensive player of the year.

Gilmore was named a first-team All-Pro for the second straight season for his work in helping the Patriots win another AFC East title. He led the league with six interceptions and also posted 53 tackles and one fumble recovery over the course of the regular season.

Gilmore was named on 21 of the 50 ballots. Cardinals edge rusher Chandler Jones got 14 votes and Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt was named 10 times.

He is the first defensive back to win the award since former Steelers safety Troy Polamalu was honored for his work in the 2010 season. Polamalu is expected to pick up another honor on Saturday as one of five players elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, although there’s been no confirmation of his election at this point.

68 responses to “Stephon Gilmore is the defensive player of the year

  1. Didnt deserve it especially after geting annahilated by Miami of all teams. Also why would you assume Polamalu gets in?

  2. Easy choice. Great to see a guy at the CB position get this award and some respect for how much they impact a defense.

  3. There you go TyLawsPick6, let us hear how Goodell is cheating the Patriots haha

    Stephen Gilmore succeeding is because of the rampant cheating surrounding the Patriot organization and Goodell helps cover it up

  4. This guy who got beat by Parker in week 17 and caused the Pats to play wild card weekend (We seen how that turned out) should not have won. He’s overrated and should be up for comeback player of the year if he has a good season next year because that’s how bad Parker beat him

  5. I didn’t watch any Patriot games this year but there were a lot of great defensive players around the league. Every team has at least one or more that everyone has to scheme for. This is a bit of a surprise but not having watched the games I can’t say he didn’t deserve it. I can only say it seems like there were several options this year and some really great d line players he beat out.

  6. first 16 weeks, he was definitely the defensive player of the year.

    and then he got abused by Parker all game long.

  7. BuT hE wAS oWNeD bY ParKeR!1!1

    So what? The whole team had an off game.

    Take Gilmore away and the Patriots defense last year goes from excellent to suspect. He was THE difference maker. DPOY.

  8. Wow, so CB that Devonte Parker abused all game got DPOY, hmmm, not sure which is more impressive?

  9. As a diehard Pats fan I’ve got to confess…every once in a while they don’t win the Super Bowl…and when that happens it really stinks.

  10. whywerule says:
    February 1, 2020 at 5:14 pm
    I am just wondering how the Ravens Blue Tooth Group will be celebrating their MVP* win.

    ——
    Fixed it for you.

    Hopefully L*mar has the decency to thank Bluetooth Guy for getting him the award.

  11. Wow, why is it so difficult just to be happy for someone else’s accomplishment?

    Yes, just as is the case each season there are always a handful of players who are deserving and put up some huge numbers. That Patriots team managed to finish 12-4 thanks in large part to the defense (of which Gilmore was the best player) that carried them through the offensive struggles. Congratulations, Stephon– well deserved!

  12. T.J. Watt was more deserving. Heck even Minkah Fitzpatrick had 6 picks including a 90 yard TD.

  13. DeVante Parker certainly ‘showed him up’ in that last game against the Patriots.
    Couldnt tackle him at all🐬🏈

  14. TreDavious White’s stats were better. Lowest QBR against, didn’t give up a touchdown pass all year. As noted by a bunch of people above, Gilmore got torched by Devante Parker in Week 17 and he gave up a long TD pass to John Brown in week 15. Week in and week out, T. White is a real lockdown corner.

  15. patriotmaleorgy says:
    February 1, 2020 at 5:20 pm
    So does he hang out with Chung and Williams on a regular basis? Because that so dart my be supplying drugs to the whole state.

    How pathetic, so obviously jealous
    Just look at his screen name

  16. Wow, NFL got it soooooo wrong on this one.

    Devante Parker is laughing his off somewhere.

    I’m recognizing Shaq Barrett with this award.

    Gilmore…….OK, lol.

  17. That defense took a nosedive towards the end of the year. I remember the stupid look on Gilmore’s face after being smoked by John Brown on that deep ball vs the Bills and getting shredded by Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins in a game they needed. He’s not even the best corner in his own division, what a joke.

  18. Not a fan of this choice at all. I can name ten other more impact players on defense than this Chump Bailey clone. If you called pass interference fairly, this guy would easily lead the league with all the touching he does.

  19. Great player. Hands down the best corner in the NFL this season. Yeah, he didn’t play well against Miami at home, but give credit to DeVante Parker who is finally healthy and is becoming (hopefully) the player the Dolphins thought he could be. I’m sure Gilmore will play him tougher (hopefully not) when they meet again next season.

  20. Thing about Gilmore is when he blows a play, it stands out. He is really good though, played great all year and deserves it.

    Even after his week 17 performance

  21. A man works at his craft for over a decade, in college and the pros, and when he is recognized by that profession as being the best, a bunch of people with little requisite detailed knowledge and no like ability, trash him on a thread anonymously.

    Why not just take a pass on commenting? It’s not a rhetorical question. It’s a question people should ask themselves.

  22. I’m sorry, what award is given to Devante Parker for having a decent game against the NFL Defensive Player of the Year? That’s right, none.

    Keep hating haters. Go Pats!

  23. So sad to see all that Patriots envy drive some people to a life of anonymous flaming. Of course they call themselves legion but the 12 trolls are really sock puppets belonging to 2 people.

  24. Yes, Parker had a great game. One game. Gilmore was great for 16 of the 17 games.

  25. Tre White’s stats were better then his all year, this seems like a reach to name him as player of the year.

  26. Gilmour is deserving of the award. Yes he had a bad 2nd game against Parker. CBs get beat sometimes. He shut Parker out in the 1rst meeting, a 43-0 Pats win, and probably didn’t take him seriously the 2nd time. Sack leaders don’t deserve DPOY. That glamor stat is only half their job.

  27. The Patriots are so great, and such an unbelievable franchise that the haters still cry about them even when they aren’t playing in the Superbowl, and that’s only every other year on average over the last 20 years so I guess that explains their never ending hate.. See u in the Superbowl next year haters enjoy this year without the Pats while u can

  28. Gilmore is the most overrated corner playing against bums all year. What a joke. Sherman had a much better year, so did bosa. Both are better dpoy than that bum gilmore. Patriots had the most overrated defense, playing in the weakest division and conference, they had one of the easiest schedules. Sherman and bosa play in the toughest division and tougher nfc and had the toughest second half schedule in the nfl, played against all the best teams in the nfl except the Patriots and chiefs . Sherman was the best corner all year and turned a 4-12 dumpster fire into the best defense and best team. I’ll take sherman over gilmore any day. I’ve seen gilmore get exposed too many times in every big game this year. Sherman doesn’t get exposed, you might beat him once but that’s about it, then he’ll shut you down the rest of the game.

  29. drunkpunter says:
    February 1, 2020 at 6:34 pm
    The sack leader gets not a single vote okay

    12 7

    ————-

    maybe because he sucks as a run defender due to laziness and plays on a crappy d?

    But, hey! I am glad he was along for the ride in sb 49. lol

  30. He is over rated. He was owned by Parker and caused his team to not have easy path in post season
    The only thing that is more triflin is that Parker got snubbed for the pro bowl.
    That just proves it’s a joke.
    He had much better stats then most that made the pro bowl.

  31. shaq barret got robbed. he was the leaque leader in sack at 19.5.He was a big reason that the bucs defense was respectable this year. I dont see why he got robbed so much/

  32. redandgoldhitman52 says:
    February 1, 2020 at 9:22 pm
    Gilmore is the most overrated corner playing against bums all year. What a joke. Sherman had a much better year, so did bosa. Both are better dpoy than that bum gilmore. Patriots had the most overrated defense, playing in the weakest division and conference, they had one of the easiest schedules. Sherman and bosa play in the toughest division and tougher nfc and had the toughest second half schedule in the nfl, played against all the best teams in the nfl except the Patriots and chiefs . Sherman was the best corner all year and turned a 4-12 dumpster fire into the best defense and best team. I’ll take sherman over gilmore any day. I’ve seen gilmore get exposed too many times in every big game this year. Sherman doesn’t get exposed, you might beat him once but that’s about it, then he’ll shut you down the rest of the game.

    ________________
    Gilmoee shouldnt have won, but sherman is way further behind. The cardinals roasted sherman for over 200 yards in 1 game when you include penalty yards.

  33. GoodellMustGo says:
    February 1, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    Easy choice. Great to see a guy at the CB position get this award and some respect for how much they impact a defense.
    ————————————————————————————-
    He’s a product of the “Do Your Job” video crew, obviously…yet another ‘*’ for New England.

  34. “Tre White is a better corner then Gilmore”

    It’s pretty close. Gilmore probably deserved it this year.

  35. edandgoldhitman52 says:
    February 1, 2020 at 9:22 pm
    Gilmore is the most overrated corner playing against bums all year. What a joke. Sherman had a much better year, so did bosa. Both are better dpoy than that bum gilmore. Patriots had the most overrated defense, playing in the weakest division and conference, they had one of the easiest schedules. Sherman and bosa play in the toughest division and tougher nfc and had the toughest second half schedule in the nfl, played against all the best teams in the nfl except the Patriots and chiefs . Sherman was the best corner all year and turned a 4-12 dumpster fire into the best defense and best team. I’ll take sherman over gilmore any day. I’ve seen gilmore get exposed too many times in every big game this year. Sherman doesn’t get exposed, you might beat him once but that’s about it, then he’ll shut you down the rest of the game.

    ————
    Sherman got absolutely torched for an easy TD in his last game against GB

  36. With a QB 1 year away from retirement and a team with no running game the Dolphins had one offensive weapon in the week 17 game against the Patriots at Gillett that they need to secure home field for the playoffs. Gilmore’s only assignment was to stop the so-called washed up Devante Parker. That clearly didn’t happen. Patriots could potentially be playing today because of it.

  37. Popularity contest. Sad to see how the DPOY selection process has gotten cheapened by snubbing statistically more disruptive defensive players.

  38. What a joke. Sherman had a much better year
    ——
    Let’s compare Super Bowl games. Gilmore had a case for game MVP a year ago.

    How did Sherman do in the 4th quarter last night?

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