Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons thinks one in all his teammates deserves Defensive Participant of the Yr and MVP consideration.
“Truthfully, [conrerback DaRon Bland] must be in that MVP dialog. Like, I believe that is past DPOY,” he said on a current episode of “The Edge with Micah Parsons.” “He needs to be in plenty of conversations, he needs to be waking up individuals, and that is level clean, interval.”
Bland successful MVP is far-fetched, as no cornerback has received the award. Solely two defensive gamers — Corridor of Famers Alan Web page (1971) and Lawrence Taylor (1986) — have received MVP, per Professional Soccer Reference.
The second-year cornerback’s play deserves DPOY buzz, although. The 24-year-old is tied for the league lead in interceptions (six) and has 4 pick-sixes, tied for essentially the most in a season.
As of Tuesday, oddschecker does not list Bland in its prime 20 DPOY odds. Sometimes, an elite pass-rusher earns the award. Cleveland Browns defensive finish Myles Garrett, the league chief in sacks (13), is the favourite (+110).
Nonetheless, Parsons — who has the second-best DPOY odds (+250) — argues the glory needs to be primarily based on influence, not place.
“And that is type of the place I get type of mad on the league as a result of it makes it so arduous, like, we do not actually give the awards to the most effective participant,” Parsons mentioned. “We simply give it to the most effective class. So, like, DPOY is at all times gonna go to a pass-rusher, most instances except somebody has an insane yr.”
Regardless, Bland stepped up after cornerback Trevon Diggs suffered a season-ending ACL tear in September, and he is developed right into a star. Professional Soccer Focus gave him a 91.1 grade by means of 9 video games, the most effective at his place.