Of the Packers, it’s a forgone conclusion. Of the league? He should be in the conversation.
Yes, I’m serious.
No, he doesn’t have a chance in hell. But I hate how the MVP race is always about which quarterback plays the best over the course of the final two months of the season. Yes, it’s the most important position. Yes, everyone from Manning to Brees to, yes, Favre has a legit claim to the award.
But Charles Woodson is as valuable to his team right now as any of those QBs are to theirs. Yes, a lot could happen over the course of the next month – but if Woodson keeps having games like he did against Dallas and Detroit he deserves to have his name in the mix, especially if the defense keeps producing after suffering the losses of Harris and Kampman. Imagine what Favre would look like without Peterson or Rice or how Manning would look like without…well, actually he probably wouldn’t skip a beat.
But that’s kind of the point. All week leading up to the Thanksgiving game all you heard was how the Packers would have to adjust to losing Harris and Kampman. Woodson pretty much made all such talk obsolete. Yes, it was against the Lions. So? Does Brees get points deducted from his candidacy because he was playing the Bucs? Or Favre for facing a pretty bad Bears team? No.
I’m sure I’m all alone on ‘Desperate Homerism Island’ on this one, but if you can read things like this from Peter King at the start of December…:
Through 12 weeks, Charles Woodson has officially played his way past Nnamdi Asomugha as the corner opposite Darrelle Revis on my All-Pro team.
…you’ve got to think another month of dominating football will at least open up selectors eyes to how valuable Woodson has become.
UPDATE: I honestly just saw this, but it would seem I’m late to the party. Kudos to Andy on what is no doubt the start of a grass roots movement. (Um….ok I made that up)
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