Over the next few days the folks over at NFL Spin Zone will be announcing the Fansided NFL awards for the 2011 season. All 35 editors from the Fansided NFL sites had a ballot and i will be publishing my personal ballot over the next few days here on Blogging Dirty. Today we will look at the Defensive Player of the Year. Be sure to check out NFL Spin zone for the overall award announcements.
1) Jared Allen, DE, Minnesota Vikings
When you have 22 sacks in one season you have to be near the top of the list. Allen flat out dominated the opposition this year despite playing on a terrible team. It should be noted that our Atlanta Falcons held him sackless when we played the Vikings this season and Will Svitek deserves a shout out for the job he did in that game.
2) Jason Pierre Paul, DE, New York Giants
An athletic freak, who is learning how to play the defensive end position at an alarming rate. The Giants defensive end got 16.5 sacks during the regular season and has continued to excel in the postseason. JPP has the potential to be one of the best DE’s in the NFL.
3) Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Atlanta Falcons
Regular readers of this blog will know i think Spoon has had an incredible year. It is difficult for a 4-3 linebacker to stand out stats wise but the greatest endorsement is that he has had solid stats across the board in all defensive categories. If you disagree with me on this, watch the game film and you’ll see how much of an impact Sean Weatherspoon really has on the Falcons defense.