Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons believes one of his teammates deserves Defensive Player of the Year and MVP honors.
“Honestly, [conrerback DaRon Bland] must be part of the MVP conversation. “I think it goes beyond DPOY,” he said on a recent episode of “The Edge with Micah Parsons.” “He should be involved in a lot of conversations, he should wake people up, and that is absolutely obvious, period.”
Bland winning MVP is a stretch because no defenseman has won the award. Only two defensive players — Hall of Famers Alan Page (1971) and Lawrence Taylor (1986) — have won MVP honors, behind Professional soccer references.
However, the second-year defender’s play deserves great attention from DPOY. The 24-year-old leads the league in steals (six) and has a season-high four pick-sixes.
Since Tuesday, the bookmaker has not done this list Bland in the top 20 DPOY courses. Typically, the award is won by an elite runner. The favorite is Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett, the league leader in sacks (13). (+110).
However, Parsons – who has the second-best DPOY odds (+250) — argues that honor should be based on influence, not position.
“And at this point I’m mad at the league because it makes it so difficult, we don’t actually give awards to the best player,” Parsons said. “We simply award the best category. So the DPOY always goes to the pass rusher, most of the time, unless someone is having a crazy year.”
Regardless, Bland was buoyed by the loss of guard Trevon Diggs, who suffered a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament tear in September, that catapulted him to stardom. Pro Football Focus gave it to him 91.1 he went through nine games, being the best in his position.