Out of 59 AP MVPs awarded, only those two gridders played defense.
Everybody else – all 56 – are quarterbacks and running backs. QBs make up 64.4 percent of the winners (38/59), RBs make up 30.5 percent (18/59) and that leaves those three guys mentioned above holding on to the last five percent or so.
You know what might be crazier than just two defensive players winning MVP (or that even a kicker has won one), though? Not one wide receiver has won the MVP, including the oft-recognized and NFL-recognized greatest player of all time, Jerry Rice.
No tight ends, either.Follow @VinGetz
|1.||LB||1986||Lawrence Taylor||New York Giants|
|2.||K||1982||Mark Moseley||Washington Redskins|
|3.||DT||1971||Alan Page||Minnesota Vikings|
|1.||QB||2013||Peyton Manning||Denver Broncos|
|2.||QB||2011||Aaron Rodgers||Green Bay Packers|
|3.||QB||2010||Tom Brady||New England Patriots|
|4.||QB||2009||Peyton Manning||Indianapolis Colts|
|5.||QB||2008||Peyton Manning||Indianapolis Colts|
|6.||QB||2007||Tom Brady||New England Patriots|
|7.||QB||2004||Peyton Manning||Indianapolis Colts|
|8.||QB||2003||Peyton Manning||Indianapolis Colts|
|9.||QB||2003||Steve McNair||Tennessee Titans|
|10.||QB||2002||Rich Gannon||Oakland Raiders|
|11.||QB||2001||Kurt Warner||St. Louis Rams|
|12.||QB||1999||Kurt Warner||St. Louis Rams|
|13.||QB||1997||Brett Favre||Green Bay Packers|
|14.||QB||1996||Brett Favre||Green Bay Packers|
|15.||QB||1995||Brett Favre||Green Bay Packers|
|16.||QB||1994||Steve Young||San Francisco 49ers|
|17.||QB||1992||Steve Young||San Francisco 49ers|
|18.||QB||1990||Joe Montana||San Francisco 49ers|
|19.||QB||1989||Joe Montana||San Francisco 49ers|
|20.||QB||1988||Boomer Esiason||Cincinnati Bengals|
|21.||QB||1987||John Elway||Denver Broncos|
|22.||QB||1984||Dan Marino||Miami Dolphins|
|23.||QB||1983||Joe Theismann||Washington Redskins|
|24.||QB||1981||Ken Anderson||Cincinnati Bengals|
|25.||QB||1980||Brian Sipe||Cleveland Browns|
|26.||QB||1978||Terry Bradshaw||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|27.||QB||1976||Bert Jones||Baltimore Colts|
|28.||QB||1975||Fran Tarkenton||Minnesota Vikings|
|29.||QB||1974||Ken Stabler||Oakland Raiders|
|30.||QB||1970||John Brodie||San Francisco 49ers|
|31.||QB||1969||Roman Gabriel||Los Angeles Rams|
|32.||QB||1968||Earl Morrall||Baltimore Colts|
|33.||QB||1967||Johnny Unitas||Baltimore Colts|
|34.||QB||1966||Bart Starr||Green Bay Packers|
|35.||QB||1964||Johnny Unitas||Baltimore Colts|
|36.||QB||1963||Y.A. Tittle||New York Giants|
|37.||QB||1960||Norm Van Brocklin||Philadelphia Eagles|
|38.||QB||1959||Johnny Unitas||Baltimore Colts|
RUNNING BACK MVPs
|1.||RB||2012||Adrian Peterson||Minnesota Vikings|
|2.||RB||2006||LaDainian Tomlinson||San Diego Chargers|
|3.||RB||2005||Shaun Alexander||Seattle Seahawks|
|4.||RB||2000||Marshall Faulk||St. Louis Rams|
|5.||RB||1998||Terrell Davis||Denver Broncos|
|6.||RB||1997||Barry Sanders||Detroit Lions|
|7.||RB||1993||Emmitt Smith||Dallas Cowboys|
|8.||RB||1991||Thurman Thomas||Buffalo Bills|
|9.||RB||1985||Marcus Allen||Los Angeles Raiders|
|10.||RB||1979||Earl Campbell||Houston Oilers|
|11.||RB||1977||Walter Payton||Chicago Bears|
|12.||RB||1973||O.J. Simpson||Buffalo Bills|
|13.||RB||1972||Larry Brown||Washington Redskins|
|14.||RB||1965||Jim Brown||Cleveland Browns|
|15.||RB||1962||Jim Taylor||Green Bay Packers|
|16.||RB||1961||Paul Hornung||Green Bay Packers|
|17.||RB||1958||Jim Brown||Cleveland Browns|
|18.||RB||1957||Jim Brown||Cleveland Browns|
Pretty, pretty rare. That’s how often an NFL team has failed to make the postseason with 11 wins.
More specifically, five times since the playoffs were introduced in 1933 – and only twice since the 16-game schedule was introduced in 1978.
What about a 10-6 record? There must be plenty of teams that failed to make the postseason with that record over the past 36* completed seasons. Even teams that are 9-7 make the postseason here and there. Well, sort of.
According to my source for today’s post, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, just 21 teams won 10 games during this period and missed the playoffs. That averages out to a little more than one team (1.17) every other year.
Now, what about 2014? What is going on out there?
The same, and the opposite, too.
The AFC North’s worst record right now is 6-4. Another six AFC teams have at least that record. The NFC’s chances of producing a 10- or 11-win no-berth team are slimmer, but existent.Follow @VinGetz
|2.||Green Bay Packers||1963||11-2-1|
|5.||New England Patriots||2008||11-5|
Put the NFL (and fantasy football) on notice? In just his fourth pro game ever, New England Patriots‘ running back Jonas Gray ran for 199 yards and scored four touchdowns today against the Indianapolis Colts.
More than 50 RBs in the history of the game have rushed for four TDs in a single game, now including Gray.
Only seven have done better, and that’s including one player from the very first NFL season (1922) in a contest involving two teams that no longer exist, another from 1929 on the “Chicago” Cardinals and one AFL player.
Clearly, punching it in the end zone on foot more than four times in a game is just not something you see that often. We’ve been a bit lucky, though, as it’s also happened three times in the past two decades.
At the top of today’s list is the only running back to run it in a ridiculous six times. It’s Ernie Nevers on that Chicago team not named the Bears.
Everyone else here is at five, including The Man, Jim Brown.Follow @VinGetz
|RUNNING BACK||TDS IN GAME||FOR||AGAINST||DATE|
|1.||Ernie Nevers||6||Chicago Cardinals||Chicago Bears||Nov. 28, 1929|
|2.||Jimmy Conzelman||5||Rock Island Independents||Evansville Crimson Giants||Oct. 15, 1922|
|2.||Jim Brown||5||Cleveland Browns||Baltimore Colts||Nov. 1, 1959|
|2.||Cookie Gilchrist*||5||Buffalo Bills||New York Jets||Dec. 8, 1963|
|2.||Ricky Watters||5||San Francisco 49ers||New York Giants||Jan. 15, 1994|
|2.||James Stewart||5||Jacksonville Jaguars||Philadelphia Eagles||Oct. 12, 1997|
|2.||Clinton Portis||5||Denver Broncos||Kansas City Chiefs||Dec. 7, 2003|