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Fitzgerald makes MVP case for Antonio Brown

Posted by Darren Urban on December 14, 2017 – 4:24 pm

The MVP race is an interesting one this season in the NFL. The season-ending injury to Eagles QB Carson Wentz — considered by many a front-runner for the award — threw a wrench into the discussion last week, as did subpar games from two other quarterbacks in contention: Tom Brady and Russell Wilson. One name popping up of late is Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, who has been dominant for a Pittsburgh team at the top of the AFC. Brown has 99 catches for 1,509 yards and nine touchdowns already, with six games of at least 144 yards. If Brown were a running back, his MVP potential would be unchallenged.

But a wide receiver has never won the award. Voted on through the Associated Press, the award almost always goes to a quarterback or running back. The only two players ever to win it that were not a quarterback or running back were Redskins kicker Mark Moseley in the strike-ridden 1982 season and Vikings defensive tackle Alan Page in 1971.

Fellow wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said Brown is a good choice to change that.

“I definitely believe so,” Fitzgerald said. “I don’t think there is anybody who is as dominant as he is in the game right now. He’s playing at an extremely high level. He single-handedly has won or put his team in position to win three or four games this year. What he does in terms of creating mismatches for his teammates, you can’t value that enough. When he is getting double-teamed, someone else is getting singled. Guys are taking advantage. Ju-Ju (Smith-Schuster) is having a big year, and I’m not saying he’s not a great player, but when you have an Antonio Brown, you know where the focus is going to be.

“(Brown) has been dominant when he’s had his opportunities. Nobody has been more dominant.”


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14 Responses to “Fitzgerald makes MVP case for Antonio Brown”

  1. By Fmr USAF Pilot on Dec 14, 2017 | Reply

    When was the last time that the Cards drafted a WR that amounted to anything (other than Larry)?

  2. By dkerry5242 on Dec 14, 2017 | Reply

    No doubt Antonio Brown is the bet wideout in the NFL>

  3. By creditcard on Dec 14, 2017 | Reply

    Totally off topic for this article, but the Cards are playing Washington. i think it is high time for Washington to change their name to the Red-hawks.

    I’ve live most of my life in and around the Navajo Reservation. Right is right, and wrong is wrong. Times are changing whereby becoming more sensitive to such issues is just the right message.

  4. By Adam Smith b1723 fka DTL on Dec 14, 2017 | Reply

    Brown truly deserving.

    Better choice Chandler Jones, leads (or close) in sacks and TFL, has anybody ever lead league in both? Has anybody ever played better D for Cards? Nobody comes to mind…

  5. By JTDG on Dec 14, 2017 | Reply

    Darren,

    Is Chuck Pagano the D-Cordinator of the cards in 2018?

    He will be fired by the colts, that’s a given at this point. He is a great friend of BA.

    Pagano hired BA after he was fired from Pitt, does BA repay him?

  6. By Darren Urban on Dec 15, 2017 | Reply

    JTDG —

    RE: Coaching

    I’ll never say never, but I will guess that if Arians is coach, Bettcher is DC.

  7. By Adam Smith b1723 fka DTL on Dec 15, 2017 | Reply

    QB Stability: amazing how loud silence can be. It really works with kids at Christmas time. Pasch addresses this issue on main page…and nevers mentions a long time QB on Cards roster… speaks volumes. Fwiw i agree, even if he’s an awesome guy, especially when dressed after losing the QB challenge…

    No takers yet on Q: who will be back on Cards 53 roster. 19 free agents, 10 draft picks… Here’s one WAG version, combines what I would do with what I beleive Cards will do:

    3 QB: Palmer, Gabbert, draft pick
    5 RB: Johnson, Williams, Logan, Foster, Penny or maybe All day AP
    3 TE: Seals, Grisham Niklas
    5 WR Fitz, Chad W, draft pick, JJ or John Brown, Jaron or JJ
    4 OT Veldheer Humphries Holden Draft pick or Free Agent
    2 C Munyer Boehm or a Free Agent
    4 OG Iupati Watford Boone Draft Pick or Free Agent

    (4 Offense Draft Picks on roster)
    26 on Offense

    7 DL Pierre Peters Gunter XWilliams Diche Mauro draft pick
    5 OLB Jones Golden KMartin draft pick
    5 S Branch Ford Bethea Baker Mathieu
    5 CB TWilliams Peterson Zamort BWilliams draft pick
    4 ILB Bynes Buchanan Riddick Draft Pick
    24 On Defense

    (4 Defensive Draft Picks on roster, 2 picks traded to move up or for 2019 draft)

    3 Special Teams, all 3 back, Famous Amos at home

  8. By Scott H on Dec 15, 2017 | Reply

    Good for Fitz, looking out for one of his colleagues. The MVP’s are almost always going to QB’s simply because they are the guys with the ball in their hands on every offensive play. And I think that is fair. Not to say that other position players can’t be an MVP, but….as long as QB’s are recognized as the most important player on the team ( and no argument here ), it’s hard to find fault with that.

    At the moment, it’s hard to pick a better player between Julio Jones and Antonio Browm. Jones is just a freak who has these occasional 250 yard games that make you wonder how that is even possible. A total stud, the most physically gifted WR in the game right now. But Brown seems to be more consistent, seems to score at least once a week, week after week. And it’s not like opposing teams don’t know about him. They KNOW it’s coming and they can’t stop it.

    And they both benefit from great QB’s and very well-balanced offenses. That helps.

    Gun to my head, I’d have to go with Brown. But it’s SOOOOOO close between him and Jones.

    And right behind them? Our very own Larry Fitzgerald! Not that he’s dropped off a whole lot, even at 33-34, but in his prime, Fitz was better than either of them. Because he combined Jones-like size, Brown’s un-stoppability, and Larry’s hands into one amazing package.

  9. By smoothcard on Dec 15, 2017 | Reply

    Fmr USAF Pilot –

    “When was the last time that the Cards drafted a WR that amounted to anything (other than Larry)?”

    ummmm….. Anquan Boldin much?

  10. By Dr. G. on Dec 15, 2017 | Reply

    Darren ~ Surpeise! While looking up Cousins for this week, did I just stumble into an article whereby RGIII said the Cardinals asked him to come to camp last fall? We don’t want either of these guys! …$$$, ego problems…etc…

    I don’t recall anything on Cards site…maybe missed it…thanks

  11. By Darren Urban on Dec 15, 2017 | Reply

    Dr. G —

    RE: RGIII

    When that came up this week, it was the first I heard of it. And the first anyone heard of it, as far as I know. So …

  12. By Fmr USAF Pilot on Dec 15, 2017 | Reply

    JTDG,

    Unfortunately, Arians has extreme loyalty to his current coaches to a fault (see Amos) and I don’t believe that he would remove Bettcher.

  13. By Fmr USAF Pilot on Dec 15, 2017 | Reply

    OK. I see that I received more Thumbs Down than Thumbs Up re: the quality of WRs drafted (RECENTLY) by Keim. I’m not talking about ancient history.

    Please list the WRs, other than Fitz, who have amounted to anything i.e. that are as good as some of the elite WRs in the NFL e.g. Brown.

  14. By Jon on Dec 17, 2017 | Reply

    For one thing, Fitz isn’t recent and wasn’t a Keim pick. Secondly, how many WR’s in HISTORY have been as good as Fitz? Or even Antonio Brown for that matter.

    I agree the Cards could do better in drafting quality WR’s, but you’re getting thumbs down because your comments are silly and based on flawed premises

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