T.J. Watt, outside linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated interviewed 32 NFL executives this week and asked them to vote for MVP, OPOY, DPOY, OROY, DROY, Coach of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year.
If you’re a Pittsburgh Steelers fan and hoping to see defenseman T.J. Watt named Defensive Player of the Year, the good news is that Watt received 12 votes. The bad news is that Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald received 17 votes. The only other player to receive votes was not Cleveland Browns cornerback Myles Garrett, but Miami Dolphins quarterback Xavien Howard (3 votes).
Breer quotes an unnamed AFC executive to explain why feelings for The Donald are so strong.
You must justify it every time you play with at least two blockers, or the game will fail. It’s just a total difference. While the [Rams] defense is highly regarded, the staff is not better at every position in Pittsburgh. They are where they are because of a guy like him, a true Hall of Fame forward who is all over the ball every game. If you take it off, I really think they will fall in the middle of the pack and fight back. He has exceptional speed and explosion on his first step, and his ability to redirect, find and finish the ball is so rare. It’s incompatible with any striker in the league.
Donald has already been the top defensive player in the NFL twice, in 2017 and 2018.
As for the other categories, the NFL will present the following:
MVP: QB Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – 23 votes
Defensive Player of the Year : RB Derrick Henry – Tennessee Titans – 15 votes
Defensive Rookie of the Year : QB Justin Herbert – Los Angeles Chargers – 23 votes
Defensive Rookie of the Year : Д. Chase Young – Washington – 28 votes
Coach of the Year: Brian Flores – Miami Dolphins – 12 votes
Comeback player of the year : QB Alex Smith – Washington – 30 votes
QB Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers was named player of the year, as was Dallas Cowboys defender Aldon Smith.
Metallurgists form training group to redesign long guns ?
The Steelers also invited defenseman and long-distance player Christian Kuntz to visit them on Friday and offered him the opportunity to return to the practice squad.
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– Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) January 8, 2021
The Steelers released Kuntz two days ago to make room on the coaching staff for former Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Trevor Williams.
In fact, Kuntz has been following a week-to-week, week-to-week cycle lately. He was born on December 23 to make way for Kevin Rader, a henchman, and is returned six days later.
Kuntz did not join the Steelers until 2019, but was not on the 53-man list. He was also on the Steelers list this summer, but he wasn’t nominated either. Kuntz was originally named to the 24th. November to the training team, apparently to be prepared in case the usual sniper, Kameron Canaday, is suddenly unavailable.
Also on Friday, Eric Ebron and Cassius Marsh received waivers and returned to the active player list. Both were activated from the reserve list/COVID-19 on Thursday.
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Chief Dustin Colquitt
Last but not least, the Kansas City Chiefs have added player Dustin Colquitt to the coaching staff, which may or may not be of interest to Steelers fans. Dustin Colquitt is the son of Craig Colquitt, who played on two winning Pittsburgh Super Bowl teams in the 1970s and played for the Steelers in the early 2020s. He came out in late October having run for 36 yards in the first five games of the season (second in the championship).
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