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Season Awards: Defensive MVP

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View Poll Results: Who is your defensive MVP for 2004?
Pierce 26 42.62%
Washington 1 1.64%
Taylor 2 3.28%
Griffin 18 29.51%
Springs 10 16.39%
Smoot 0 0%
other (explain) 4 6.56%
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Old 01-20-2005, 08:49 AM   #1
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Season Awards: Defensive MVP

A lot more to choose from on this side of the ball, that's for sure

Here's the nominees, the tackle #'s are from NFL.com, so keep in mind since tackles aren't an official stat you might see different numbers elsewhere

Pierce: 112 tackles, 1 sack, 2 fumble rec, 2 INT
Washington: 107 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 1 fumble rec
Taylor: 76 tackles, 1 sack, 4 INT
Griffin: 70 tackles, 6 sacks, 1 fumble rec
Springs: 64 tackles, 6 sacks, 5 INT
Smoot: 59 tackles, 1 fumble rec, 3 INT
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Old 01-20-2005, 09:09 AM   #2
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I went with other because it's so hard to just pinpoint one guy. I think the defense as a whole was not only the defensive MVP, but the MVP in general. I'd hate to imagine what our record would've been without them.

Thank you God for Gregg Williams......
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Old 01-20-2005, 09:24 AM   #3
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It's pretty much a toss up between Pierce, Griffin, and Springs. They're all so important to the defense. Pierce has got to be one of the smartest and fastest middle linebackers in the league. Springs covered and stuffed the run as well as Bailey for a lot less money. Griffin added enormous talent to a talent-deficient d-line - he also had as many tackles as a lot of linebackers in this league.

I give the defensive MVP to Griffin by a nose.
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Old 01-20-2005, 09:43 AM   #4
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I could make a case for any of these guys.

Springs was a great all around player, leading the team in sacks and INT's is pretty impressive.

Pierce came outta nowhere and quickly established himself as a heady, nose for the ball kinda MLB.

Griffin's impact on the defensive line was immediate. As much of an impact Gardener was for us a few years ago, Griffin was even more impressive because he was consistently good week in and week out.

Taylor started off very slowly but by the end of the season he seemed to always be wherever the ball was. He's primed for a breakout year in '05.

Washington was a great pickup for us, a very underrated LB who's starting to become a household name.

Smoot took his game to the next level and showed he can still be an outstanding corner without Bailey across from him.

In the end my vote goes to Pierce, with Springs and Griffin #2 and #2a.
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Old 01-20-2005, 10:12 AM   #5
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Griffin gets my vote... he had me from hello.

Everything starts with defensive tackles in the NFL. If the can disrupt, demand double-teams, or even just occupy their blockers, it frees up the middle linebackers, allows them to blitz, which in turn pressures the QB, which in turn, helps the DBs to not have to cover so long.

It's been soooooo long since we had a CONSISTANTLY disruptive DT (Gardener was good, but not every game), since Dave Butz dare I say? We have been longing for d-line help for YEARS, so of course that sways my vote a little... FINALLY getting someone to cheer for in there.

Springs definitely number 2, followed by Pierce.
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Old 01-20-2005, 10:26 AM   #6
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I went with other. My vote is for the entire deffensive unit. This is a team sport and they played very well as a unit with whoever was filling in. On every play it seemed there were four or five players in on the tackle. If one man missed the ball carrier had another three or four tacklers to deal with. Our defence would have easly been ranked #1 if we would have had any offence this year. With that said maybe my vote should go to Williams.
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Old 01-20-2005, 10:31 AM   #7
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I went w/ Other, and I'm gonna say Gregg Williams. The guy is just a genius, I'm actually excited to see what he can do next year, if we dont resign a guy like Smoot. I think he can still succeed wiht players who arent of the same caliber. I like the idea of the "Redskin No Names" like we had a few guys call us this year.
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Old 01-20-2005, 11:09 AM   #8
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Maybe I should eliminate the 'other' choice in these polls and force you guys to make a decision, LOL.

Williams is an obvious choice but hold that off for another poll
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Old 01-20-2005, 11:23 AM   #9
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I'm gonna say Springs, but its a tough call between him and Griffin. Springs wins I think because no one expected him to have as good a year as he did...he's really revived his career, and 6.5 sacks for a corner...that's pretty dang good. I don't remember Champ getting into any quarterback's face.
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Old 01-20-2005, 11:23 AM   #10
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I went with Pierce. His leadership and smarts out on the field have been incredible. He always gets guys into the right spot. He is Gregg Williams in uniform.
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Old 01-20-2005, 12:06 PM   #11
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The biggest concern before this season was how much of a problem our defensive line was going to be. Griffin comes in and is an all-pro, and I think he was key to turning our line from a glaring weakness into a notable strength.
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Old 01-20-2005, 12:07 PM   #12
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I voted for Pierce becasue with the Barrow season long injury, no one knows where this defense would have been without Pierce stepping up. MLB is the QB of the defense. Griffin would be second choice. I don't think anyone else is close to these 2.
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Old 01-20-2005, 12:14 PM   #13
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While Greg Williams was the soul of the defense, Pierce was the heart. The man ran the unit like an assembly line. Best thing that happen to the Redskins this year.
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While Greg Williams was the soul of the defense, Pierce was the heart. The man ran the unit like an assembly line. Best thing that happen to the Redskins this year.
And it will be the worst thing if we lose him.

We can afford to replace Smoot, but Pierce would be a devastating blow.
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Old 01-20-2005, 12:41 PM   #15
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I'm the only guy who thinks Washington was the MVP??? Think about this. With Lavar on the bench, he out-Lavared Lavar.

Lavar in 2003:
Year Team G Total Tckl Ast Sacks Int Yds Avg Lg TD Pass Def
2003 Washington Redskins 16 88 75.0 13 6 0 0 0.0 0 0 10

Washington in 2004:
Year Team G Total Tckl Ast Sacks Int Yds Avg Lg TD Pass Def
2004 Washington Redskins 16 107 87.0 20 4.5 0 0 0.0 0 0 2

That's in a new system, with relative strangers playing next to him. Anyone who doesn't see his numbers improving next year (with experience and the added threat of Arrington) should get his head examined.
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