By John Turney
Since 1972 the Associated Press has been choosing a Defensive Player of the Year award by polling selected members of the press. Here is a chart showing who has received the most votes and in how many seasons.
This is not a 'Win share' model in that some years have more voters than others but it does show that T.J. now has one award, has received a total of 72 votes in three seasons (ironically or coincidently he has 72 sacks). Pretty good for a guy who has played five seasons.
Bryce Paup stands out as the lone member of the top 15 with a 0% chance to make the Hall. Such an odd year, a down year across the board for defensive standouts and Paup really swept a large voting pool. With the benefit of history I think Deion Sanders should have been the selection, but voters particularly back then weren't familiar with lockdown CB stats.ReplyDelete