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Redskins Player of the Year

Dec 11, 2004, 1:48 AM EST

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I have been emailed my ballot for The Quarterback Club’s Redskins Player of the Year Award. This is not necessarily the “official” team MVP, but it’s fairly significant. Before I fill my ballot out, I’d like to get your opinions.

First of all, if I was the kind of person who didn’t vote as a sign of protest, I would be inclined to do so here. Clinton Portis is not on the ballot and he should be. When he gains over 100 yards on the ground, the Redskins win. And this is not one of those deals like it was with Riggins where the Redskins had a big lead and Riggo got over 100 running out the clock in the fourth quarter. Portis getting 100 yards is not the result of the Redskins having the lead, the Skins having the lead is the result of Portis’ running. I’m not necessarily saying that I would vote for him, but he should be on the ballot.

But I’m not the type of person to vote for “none of the above” and I’ll respect the organization that works hard to put all of this together. Besides, the four Redskins nominated are all outstanding players and good Redskins as well. The nominated players are:

  • Cornelius Griffin
  • Antonio Pierce
  • Fred Smoot
  • Shawn Springs

The instructions on the ballot are to give first through fourth-place votes for the players. While it doesn’t say so, I would assume that there is some sort of point system with each first place vote being worth four points, second three, and so on.

Certainly, I have my ideas as to how I will cast my ballot. But I’d like to give all of you the opportunity to have your input and see if you can sway my votes.

Email, post at the message board of the site that this blog proudly calls home, WarpathInsiders.com, or comment at the blog’s mirror site. The addresses for the first and last methods are at the top of this post.

Just to make it clear, I’m not necessarily going to vote according to the wishes of those of you who respond, but I’d certainly like to get your input before I fill out the ballot.

The ballot is due on Monday at noon EST, so get your views in before then!

  1. mbarnes202 - Dec 11, 2004 at 8:54 PM

    It’s not clear what the criteria are for this award. Is it best player? (Probably Griffin) Or does it include certain intangibles?

    If the award goes to the player who plays at his peak and motivates his teammates to do the same, I guess I’d go with Smoot. He plays with pain, is a fierce competitor, and a near-Pro Bowler in his own right.

  2. mbarnes202 - Dec 12, 2004 at 12:54 AM

    It’s not clear what the criteria are for this award. Is it best player? (Probably Griffin) Or does it include certain intangibles?

    If the award goes to the player who plays at his peak and motivates his teammates to do the same, I guess I’d go with Smoot. He plays with pain, is a fierce competitor, and a near-Pro Bowler in his own right.

  3. Rich Tandler - Dec 11, 2004 at 9:08 PM

    No criteria are identified on the ballot. It’s “Player of the Year”, so I’m taking that as meaning who played the best, regardless of intangibles.

    I’m leaning Griffin right now.

  4. Rich Tandler - Dec 12, 2004 at 1:08 AM

    No criteria are identified on the ballot. It’s “Player of the Year”, so I’m taking that as meaning who played the best, regardless of intangibles.

    I’m leaning Griffin right now.

  5. Scott - Dec 13, 2004 at 7:21 PM

    Antonio Pierce should win this award hands-down. He’s at the center of a defense that’s the third-best in the NFL. He’s near the top of the list in tackles among NFC interior linebackers. And he’s actually supposed to be an outside linebacker. Michael Barrow who? Pierce must win.

  6. Scott - Dec 13, 2004 at 11:21 PM

    Antonio Pierce should win this award hands-down. He’s at the center of a defense that’s the third-best in the NFL. He’s near the top of the list in tackles among NFC interior linebackers. And he’s actually supposed to be an outside linebacker. Michael Barrow who? Pierce must win.

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