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Danno 07-13-2014 01:01 PM

Why Jairus Byrd Will Win Defensive Player of the Year
 
Saints' Jairus Byrd Will Win Defensive Player of the Year, and Here's Why | Bleacher Report

In the eyes of NFL players, New Orleans Saints safety and former Buffalo Bill Jairus Byrd wasn’t good enough to be one of the top 100 players of 2014. This is a snub by all accounts, and pundits such as NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling and The Times-Picayune’s Rachel Whittaker agree that Byrd should have made an appearance.

Luckily, Byrd’s ranking should skyrocket next year, with the 2014 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in hand.

Wait, over J.J. Watt? Over Earl Thomas? Over Luke Kuechly, the award’s most recent winner?

Absolutely. The players above—along with many, many others not listed—will have a legitimate shot at snagging the award for themselves. However, when looking at the past Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year winners, there is a pattern of criteria that has been satisfied. Byrd is lining up perfectly with those requirements, more so than any player on the Top 100 list. And after signing a much-ballyhooed six year, $56 million contract with New Orleans, Byrd is in a great position to showcase his talents to fans outside of Buffalo.

Let’s break down the requirements for Defensive Player of the Year and how Byrd satisfies each one...

The Saints have much more defensive talent than people realize—the criminally underrated Keenan Lewis among them—but none of that talent is as valuable as Byrd.

SmashMouth 07-13-2014 02:03 PM

Re: Why Jairus Byrd Will Win Defensive Player of the Year
 
:popcorn:

FinSaint 07-13-2014 02:48 PM

Re: Why Jairus Byrd Will Win Defensive Player of the Year
 
Who knows, but Cam Jordan might have a say in the whole debate about who's the best defensive player of the team.

|Mitch| 07-13-2014 02:55 PM

Re: Why Jairus Byrd Will Win Defensive Player of the Year
 
Just think of the possibilities with Byrd able to play single high safety effectively!

We possibly could be better than the Seahawks defense :bng:

Jack Vegas 07-13-2014 04:49 PM

Re: Why Jairus Byrd Will Win Defensive Player of the Year
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by FinSaint (Post 599365)
Who knows, but Cam Jordan might have a say in the whole debate about who's the best defensive player of the team.

Pretty good argument to have when you have 3 players on defense who are elite at their position (Jordan, Byrd, Lewis). I expect Akiem Hicks could be on that list very soon, too.

Byrd might not end up being defensive MVP, but we have a true free safety on this team for the first time in 5 years and last time we had one it made a huge impact on the defense.

exile 07-13-2014 05:24 PM

Re: Why Jairus Byrd Will Win Defensive Player of the Year
 
C'mon season!

jeanpierre 07-13-2014 05:45 PM

Re: Why Jairus Byrd Will Win Defensive Player of the Year
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by FinSaint (Post 599365)
Who knows, but Cam Jordan might have a say in the whole debate about who's the best defensive player of the team.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jack Vegas (Post 599372)
Pretty good argument to have when you have 3 players on defense who are elite at their position (Jordan, Byrd, Lewis). I expect Akiem Hicks could be on that list very soon, too.

Byrd might not end up being defensive MVP, but we have a true free safety on this team for the first time in 5 years and last time we had one it made a huge impact on the defense.

Exactly, Saints will take votes away from each other...

Rugby Saint II 07-13-2014 07:30 PM

Re: Why Jairus Byrd Will Win Defensive Player of the Year
 
It's too early to just give it to him........make him earn it.

saintsfan1976 07-13-2014 07:34 PM

Re: Why Jairus Byrd Will Win Defensive Player of the Year
 
Let's get him on the field first.

AliJee 07-14-2014 01:05 AM

Re: Why Jairus Byrd Will Win Defensive Player of the Year
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jack Vegas (Post 599372)

Byrd might not end up being defensive MVP, but we have a true free safety on this team for the first time in 5 years and last time we had one it made a huge impact on the defense.

He who must not be named did have a magical season with us, I'm hoping Byrd betters that!


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