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James Harrison: Defensive Player of the Year?

Before anyone calls me homer, consider what Silverback has done this year and where he ranks among his defensive mates around the league. He's third in the NFL with 14 sacks and he leads the league in forced fumbles with six. He's also recorded a safety, an interception and defended four passes. He's also 28th in the league in total tackles but his 80 tackles are more than any other OLB in a 3-4 system.

Other Candidates and why they don't measure up to Silverback:

DeMarcus Ware and Joey Porter: ranked 1 & 2 in sacks (with 15 and 14.5 respectively) but neither have near as many tackles, neither have broken up or picked off a pass and they don't have as many combined forced fumbles as Harrison.

Troy Polamula: Leads the league in picks and third in passes defended but zero sacks, zero forced fumbles and only 54 tackles hurts his case.

D'Qwell Jackson: Who? Yea that's what I said. He's the league leader in tackles and he's got two sacks and a pick but he plays for Cleveland. I'm guessing if I've never heard of him than neither have some of the voters.

Patrick Willis and Jon Beason: Talk about two really good 23 year old, sophomores in this league. They're 1 & 2 in tackles (111 and 103) but outside of that they've combined for just one sack, one forced fumble and four picks.

Looking at his competition, I'd have to say Silverback is the front runner. Agree or did I miss some one?

 

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