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1986! Last time, any defensive player won an MVP. That’s how long it has been since a guy from ‘D’ has held the most prestigious trophy in the whole of football. Micah Parsons is a household name whose views always seem to catch the football world’s attention. Recently, the Cowboys star edge rusher questioned the NFL on the lack of respect for defensive players when it comes to MVP. This became a topic of discussion overnight. Furthermore, he was seen advocating for one guy from AFC in particular.

That guy is none other than the current frontrunner for the DPOY award, Myles Garrett.

Micah Parsons in awe of Myles Garrett

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When not creating havoc for opposing QBs, Micah Parsons was seen giving out views on The Edge w/ Micah Parsons. In the latest episode of his podcast, Penn State product said how impressed he has been by Myles Garrett’s performance this season. He added how happy he was that people were finally taking notice of Browns Superstar. “He is my defensive dog of the week”, said No.11. Browns superstar edge rusher had himself a game with 9 tackles and 2 sacks along with a blocked field goal on Sunday. Garrett was so dominant that he single-handedly pulled his team out of the jaws of defeat.

Parsons went as far as to say that he might have to train with No.95 in the offseason. In a competitive league like the NFL, this might be one of the best compliments a player could give to another player playing the same position. Parsons was crystal clear when he said, “I hate that defensive guys aren’t in the MVP conversation”. He believes championships are won on defense as it’s on the offense to come up with the last stop and get the team over the line. Myles Garrett has 7.5 sacks to go along with 3 forced fumbles and is still not in the top 10 for MVP odds.

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Is the MVP award too lopsided?

To not have the best defensive player this season in the top 10 MVP list by oddsmakers is a travesty. However, this has become a norm in today’s NFL. Whether be it media pundits or the one sitting in Vegas, everyone loves to ignore defensive contributions done by the players. The league has become so offensive-tilted that an RB has a better chance to win an MVP than the best defensive player in the game. For example, in 2014 J.J. Watt was so dominant that he had 20.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and 5 fumble recoveries, only for Aaron Rodgers to win the award by receiving 31 1st-place votes.

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If a historic season also can’t get a defensive player any love in the MVP conversation, maybe there should be two separate awards for MVP. What are your thoughts on the current MVP odds?

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