For Jaguars 101’s first mid-season award, we thought it’d be appropriate to pick the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Most Valuable Player.
Sure, the Jaguars are just 2-6, so it’s a little oxymoronic to list the best player on a floundering team, but there are actually some guys on the roster that have been great this season.
Below are the players Jaguars 101 has nominated for the MVP award. Our staff also weighs in on our choices, but we’d like for our fans to vote (via Twitter, message board response, comment ) to see who Jacksonville nation thinks is the team’s MVP. Charlie Bernstein, our friend and expert of all things Jaguars at Jag Nation, will also be part of the voting process and his choice can be seen below as well.
Remember, this award should go to the player that has made the biggest positive impact on the team.
Nominees for MVP
-Maurice Jones-Drew- The running back has been the only consistent force for Jacksonville’s offensive unit, rushing for 740 yards on 166 carries. He’s also ran for three touchdowns.
-Dwight Lowery- A late addition in the preseason, the safety has changed the complexion of Jacksonville’s defense. He has 22 tackles and two interceptions.
-Terrance Knighton- The rotund defensive tackle has done exactly what the Jaguars expected him to do this season, which is clog running lanes. He has 21 tackles and four stuffs this year.
-Paul Posluszny- Another big addition for the Jaguars, Posluszny has been stout as the team’s middle linebacker. He’s always around the ball and fits perfectly in Jacksonville’s 4-3 scheme. Has a whopping 66 tackles (41 solo) and five passes defended.
-Darryl Smith- Smith has been consistent at outside linebacker, which comes as no surprise. He’s logged 57 tackles (44 solo) and has continued to live up to his reputation as a rock-solid player.
-Mel Tucker- We know, the award is reserved for players, but we feel that Tucker at least deserved a mention. The defensive coordinator has been brilliant for the Jaguars, making him one of the few bright spots on the coaching staff. Obviously the influx of talent has helped, but he’s put guys in the right position to succeed.
-Josh Scobee- The kicker is having a dream season. He’s made all 14 of his field goal attempts, five coming from 50 or more yards. The Jaguars have scored 98 points this year and Scobee is responsible for 50 of them.
Michael Hall- Paul Posluszny is the team's MVP because he is the leader of a defense that has kept these games close, despite the ineptitude of the offense. Does he register fancy sack and interception statistics? No. But he is always around the football and his 66 tackles are tied for 4th in the league.
Brendan Sonnone- It’s weird to put a kicker up for this award, but Josh Scobee is my choice for MVP. He’s been absolutely phenomenal for an offense that is struggling to generate points and his kickoff work has put Jacksonville’s defense in a good position to succeed. Without him, the Jaguars likely don’t win a game this season, as he accounted for 22 total points in the team’s two wins this year, which were won by a combined seven points. You do the math there.
Charlie Bernstein: You can make a solid case for each of the nominees for Jaguars midseason MVP but my vote goes to linebacker Paul Posluszny. Posluszny has played at an elite level for the Jags and helped transform a defense which with all apologies to Bart Scott, "couldn't stop a nose bleed" last season. A great case can be made for Poz's linebacker mate Daryl Smith who has been nothing short of incredible but Poz gets the nod because he doesn't come off the field in passing situations. The no-necked linebacker from Penn State has played at a Pro Bowl level since moving to Jacksonville's 4-3 and should anchor this defense for the next four to five years.