MV-ZEKE? NFL GM’s Weigh In On This Year’s Award

    The race for the NFL's Most Valuable Player has sort of turned into the “best on the best team” award over the years. This season, however, there is no clear cut at any position.

    Some will argue for quarterback , as his late season surge has brought the Packers back into playoff contention. Others will argue for quarterback Derek Carr, who has had a fantastic season clinching the Raiders their first playoff birth since 2002.

    A recent sample of NFL general managers found a different consensus MVP, however. This sample, taken by USA Today, found to be the league MVP.

    Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Jason Garrett
    Tim Heitman – USA TODAY Sports

    The support for Elliott in this was not overwhelming, with Patriots quarterback finishing in a close second place. But when you look at the facts, it's hard to argue against his candidacy.

    His 1,551 yards rushing leads the league, and is over 300 yards more than his closest competitor. He has more runs of 20 yards-plus than anyone else, has averaged 5 yards a carry, has scored a team rookie record 14 touchdowns, and has brought the Cowboys from a 4-12 record last season to a 12-2 one now.

    Of course, he alone is not responsible for the Cowboys turnaround, but I believe it is fair to argue that he has been the most key piece in the team going from worst to first in just one calendar year.

    The awards are not decided by general managers, though. In early January, fifty media members will submit their votes for league MVP, among other awards. Surprisingly enough, the Associated Press voted MVP award has never been given to a rookie. Maybe Zeke will find a way to change that this season.

    Kevin Brady
    Kevin Brady
    Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.


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