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Tom Brady, quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, won his fifth Super Bowl MVP this past Sunday after helping his team win the NFL’s biggest game of the season. While the debate over who is the NFL GOAT seems to be over, whether or not Brady should have won his fifth Super Bowl MVP award appears to be up for a lot of discussion. For me, however, this debate only proves one thing, that the entire concept of any football game having a Most Valuable Player is pointless and should be done away with.
Voting for any winning quarterback as the Most Valuable Player in any football game is one of the laziest decisions anyone can make. The vote is based upon who had the most impact on the game, and simply put, the person who touches the ball the most for their team, which will always be the quarterback. The vote, however, overlooks the basic principles of football, and the fact that it is the ultimate team game.
Think about it, does Tom Brady throw three touchdown passes if Rob Gronkowski drops one or two of his TD receptions? Or is Brady even able to make the throw if the offensive line doesn’t block the pass rush on any of his scoring throws? Take things a step further: Does Tampa Bay score as much as they did if Kansas City was able to keep their offense on the field longer, taking away the time of possession the Buccaneers had?
A team can line up in the same formation on both offense and defense, but implement a different plan almost every time by moving around players and introducing different schemes off of those formations. Football is about the execution of a game plan, which not only requires a quarterback to make a throw and a receiver to catch it, but all the other players on the field to, as they say, do their job, otherwise the play will almost always fail. Does that mean that Jerry Rice is not the greatest wide receiver of all-time, of course not, the stats tell us that; but were his catches anymore “valuable” to his team than the throws made by his two Hall of Fame quarterbacks Joe Montana and Steve Young? The “value lies in the teamwork that every player on the field put forth, not the one player who had the ball after every snap.
Tom Brady, or any other quarterback has the ball for his team on almost every offensive play, and as the most important “skill position player” on the field, often draws the most credit and criticism from a team’s triumphs and failures. In this case, he appears to be the most “valuable” player to his team’s success, but that doesn’t mean that he or any other players on the field wasn’t part of a bigger game plan that ended up winning the game. So why should the quarterback always get he credit? He wasn’t running the ball or catching his own passes, nor was he blocking the pass rush and pulling from one side of the line to the other on a screen.
The media gives the quarterback MVP awards because they almost have to due to the way football is played; but anyone who saw the game Sunday knows that the Tampa Bay defense dominated the game even more than their offense did … but it is not called the MVU, or Most Valuable Unit award, but the Most Valuable Player, which is what each team’s quarterback is in every football game played.
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